About Edit

Raees (lit. Wealthy) is a 2017 Indian crime action film directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Gauri Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under their banners Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The film was released on 25 January 2017 on Republic Day weekend. The film got five nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Actor for Khan.

Raees was said to be based on criminal Abdul Latif's life. However, the filmmakers denied this, stating, "The story of the film is a pure work of fiction, not based on any person; living or dead. The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2017 up until it was surpassed by Golmaal AgainTiger Zinda Haiand Secret SuperstarRaees was also the most pirated Hindi film of 2017.

Story Edit

The film takes begins in the mid-1960s and ends in the late-1980s. Raees (Shah Rukh Khan) lives in Gujarat, a state where Prohibition is in force and gets involved in illegal liquor trade at a very young age. Along with Sadiq (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), Raees works for a gangster Jairaj (Atul Kulkarni), who smuggles alcohol illegally by bribing the police. Raees lives by the philosophy of his mother that every occupation is good, and no religion is greater than any occupation as long as it does not cause any harm to anyone. He decides to part ways with Jairaj and start operating on his own. He meets Musabhai (Narendra Jha) in Mumbai, and with his help he starts his bootlegging business. Meanwhile, an honest police officer of the IPS cadre, J. A. Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) gets transferred to Fatehpur, and starts a major crackdown on alcohol dealers.

Gujarat's Chief Minister and Pashabhai, a shrewd politician supports Raees for liquor and money. With his money, intelligence and tact, Raees consistently find ways to avert Majmudar and continues on with his trade. He also assists his community by offering employment to women to sew cloth bags, which he uses to smuggle alcohol and get them delivered to homes. In the meantime, Raees marries Aasiya (Mahira Khan). Due to his differences with Raees, Jairaj tries to get him killed but survives and kills Jairaj.

Raees and Aasiya have a baby son named Faizan. Raees invites CM, Pashabhai and many others to celebrate with him. Raees is then offered a project by the CM to eliminate the illegal occupants at a land and construct a housing project. Raees manages to get Majmudar transferred to control room department. However, tables turn as Majmudar starts tapping Raees' telephonic conversations. Raees assaults Pashabhai during his election campaign. The CM advises Raees to go to jail for a while for his act. While still locked up, the CM and Pasha form an alliance. To counter them, Raees decides to fight the election from jail and wins.

Meanwhile, Majmudar gets transferred back to Fatehpura. Communal riots break out in the state. Considering Raees a threat, the CM puts the housing project in green zone. Raees suddenly finds himself broke with all his money dwindled on housing project, elections and dispatching food supplies during riots.

Musabhai offers Raees money for an assignment to smuggle gold. Serial bomb blasts rock North India. Police investigations lead to Raees, where the gold he smuggled, contained RDX. A heartbroken and grieved Raees kills Musabhai for betraying his trust and killing innocent people to incite communal riots. Majmudar orders his officers to shoot Raees at sight, but Raees brings press with him and surrenders and is well aware Majmudar would kill him. Majmudar takes him to an isolated place and shoots him. In flashback, Raees recalls his mother's teachings, his struggle in the liquor trade and memories with Aasiya. He falls down dead and Majumdar and his team drive away.

Characters Edit

  • Shah Rukh Khan [1] as Raees Alam
  • Mahira Khan as Aasiya Alam, Raees' wife
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui as IPS Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar
  • Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Sadiq, Raees' friend and confidante
  • Sheeba Chaddha as Amina Alam, Raees' mother
  • Atul Kulkarni as Jairaj Seth
  • Narendra Jha as Musa
  • Jaideep Ahlawat as Nawab, Musabhai's assistant
  • Uday Tikekar as Pasha Bhai
  • Pramod Pathak as Chief Minister of Gujarat
  • Utkarsh Mazumdar as Dr. Sanjanwala, Eye Specialist
  • Kundan Roy as Kalupor
  • Ashutosh Jha as Rasul
  • Sunil Upadhyay as Taufiq
  • Fareed Arif as Eijaz
  • Loveleen Mishra as Ratna madam, School teacher
  • Anil Mange as Qasim
  • Anurag Arora as Damla
  • Sanjay Gurbaxani as Commissioner
  • Raj Arjun as Ilyas
  • Bhagwan Tiwari as Inspector Devji
  • Shubham Chintamani as young Raees
  • Shubham Tukaram as young Sadiq
  • Sunny Leone as Guest appearance in song "Laila Main Laila"

Songs Edit