According to a report , on July 16, 1981, morning, the IT officials raided the house of a businessman and Congress MLA Sardar Inder Singh in Kanpur. 90 experienced officers under the leadership of the then Income Tax Commissioner of Lucknow, Sharda Prasad Pandey, carried out the longest raid. 200 police personals were also present for the safety of the IT officials. Interestingly, the raid went on for more than 18 hours. There were 45 people, just for the counting of the notes. And, a total of Rs 1.6 crore were recovered in cash besides other assets such as gold. ..This India’s longest IT raid has inspired Ajay Devgn’s upcoming movie RAID
After delivering the path-breaking Aamir (2008 film)’ and No One Killed Jessica 2011, his third outing, Ghanchakkar (2013), received a mixed response. director Raj Kumar Gupta is back after a long hiatus with ‘ RAID’, a movie based on true-life incidents.
You might expect a fast paced racy thriller with a twist…but I am afraid it isn’t what it had promised to deliver..
The film takes place in Lucknow of the early 80s, Ajay Devgn plays the character Amay Patnaik, a daring and a fearless officer challenging a powerful politician Tauji (Shukla),who lives in a mansion called, White House on the outskirts of town, after being tipped off by a mysterious informer.
The film is inspired by the the real life I-T raids that were conducted by Indian Revenue Services in the 1980s and this film is based on the longest-running Income Tax raid in the history of India.
Raid is definitely not one of those mindless masala entertainers with leave-your-brains-at-home attitude. You may assume it’s one because Ajay Devgan is synonymous with films like Golmaal series, Son Of Sardar and Action Jackson.
Raid has no forced humor, no South-styled stunts, no stylized song-and-dance routine with foreign dancers in the background but the film falters badly in the script department written by Ritesh Shah ( Pink) and loses steam post intermission and the climax seems to be very convenient and lacks novelty.
The film picks up on an interesting and a thrilling note but the thrill seems tro wear off half way as there are no more surprises and scenes tend to become repetitive and monotonous.
Major Let down : sloppy editing, bad camerawork and misplaced background score badly afects the film.
The identity of the actual informer is kept under wraps through out the film but fizzles out once he is revealed ( no more spoilers)
Weakest Link : The love story angle between Ajay and Illeana...I feel Illeana Dcruz was totally wasted and had no scope or decent screen space through out the film ( I wonder why did she sign it..money i guess) The two romantic songs should not have been der in the first place…
We get to see Ajay Devgn in his old avatar, which is devoid of his usual antics and buffoonery. The actor carries impressive ‘Angry Brooding man look’ screen presence.
Talented actress Sheeba Chadda and the pretty face Sulagna Panigrahi don’t get much screen time either.
Overall, RAID does have its share of sparkling moments but fails to keep you hooked.
It’s high on entertainment…so please go ahead if you want to get entertained.