Raman Raghav is based on a psychopathic killer who terrorised Mumbai in the 1960s. In the movie, Raman (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is looking for Raghav, his other half. Raman meets his match in ACP Raghav, the cop investigating the murders committed by him.
From the directors of Gangs Of Wasseypur, viewers would get a grim mash up of the famous novel Crime and Punishment with pretension to high gravity. In the movie, Nawazuddin Siddiqui survives off garbage and has nowhere to stay, so he retrieves a bent iron bar and makes a move on his abused sister Subhash. Some frames in the movie are genuinely disturbing, but these are clearly included as sensationalist crowd-pleasers.
A few murders later Siddique permits himself to be taken in and explains that he and his pursuer are now in a symbiotic relationship determined by the God of Death. It’s really very nasty to be entertaining and too ritualized to be convincing but the film does contain a strong element of menace. At the end, the climactic monologue may run your patience thin.
Let’s check out the ratings from other sources for Raman Raghav:
Indian Express (2/5) - There are some mesmeric bits in here, which belong to Siddiqui. But those are not enough. Without those crucial elements, the film is rendered atmospheric yet hollow, and we are turned into cringing voyeurs, into reluctant participants, without redemption.
NDTV Movies (4.5/5) - Extending Kashyap's continuing probe into the horrors of dehumanisation, Raman Raghav 2.0 dives deeper into the cesspit than any of the director's earlier films - to deliver a dystopian study that is at once fascinating and nauseating.
Times Of India (2.5/5) - Can you buy the logic that killing for insanity is better than killing in the name of religion? It is crude, callous but in trying to whip up suspense, it loses sight of vulnerability.
So, planning to take a trip through chaos this weekend?