Some movies stand out because of their simplicity; if you ask what is so good about Raid, there is only one answer. The details are presented in an extremely authentic manner and the audience gets to see what an actual ‘Raid’ is all about. If you are planning to watch Raid, do not expect any melodrama, because director Rajkumar Gupta has done a swell job by keeping it simple.
Talk about performances, and the name of Ajay Devgun comes first. He has aged like wine; he is everything that the character of Amay Patnaik demands. Being the protagonist, his responsibility was more than anyone else. Of course, it would be a blasphemy to miss Saurabh Shukla who excels in his role of ‘Tauji’, the corrupt politician who had stored hoards of money in the household. As opposed to the corrupt politician, Ajay Devgun stands tall, not once exaggerating. The honest officer who refuses an expensive drink in a party lest he should be bribed is one solid guy. No wonder, he goes the extra mile to nab Tauji, the politician whose haveli is fondly known as ‘White House’.
The rest of the plot is kind of a dramatized version of what happens in an actual raid. Of course, politics is a key point of reference in this film and we already know that politics is a dirty game. And in all fairness, the game is played exactly the way it should be played. The director have intelligently woven various elements together; the defiance, the revelation of truth, acceptance and finally an outrage. The words spoken by a drunken Tauji after he challenges Amay in almost a verbal duel saying that ‘andar to aag gaye ho, par bahaar kaise jaoge’ and then stresses on the fact ‘rajaji ki fauj’ is all set to tear the officers apart. Mob as he rightly points out is never accused of any crime and they are never penalized.
Of course, it does sound a bit improbable that the Prime Minister of India takes a stand for an Income Officer like Amay. But the film stands out in all respects; the script is taut, the actors have not gone overboard and it is good to see a movie where emphasis is given on authenticity. This movie is definitely one of the best films of Ajay Devgun and we get a glimpse of the honest officer like Gangajaal and Singham.