My Review : Raman Raghav 2.0

Prelude :

So, who is Raman Raghav ?
A series of murders occurred in the outskirts of Mumbai in August 1968. Pavement dwellers were bludgeoned to death while they slept. All the murders took place at night and were committed using a hard, blunt object.
This was witnessed by Krithika who then released this information to the Mumbai police. At the time a suspicious looking man found loitering in the area had been picked up by the police.
His name was Raman Raghav, a homeless man, and he was already in police files, having spent 5 years in prison for robbery.
He also raped his sister before he killed her with several stab wounds. However, as no hard evidence could be found against him (none of the survivors had seen this man) the police let him go.
Very little is known about Raghav’s early life or circumstances that led him to commit the crimes. These crimes consisted of murder, assault, and many others.
Raman Raghav is thought to be India’s worst and most horrific serial killer.
Indian filmmaker Sriram Raghavan produced a 70-minute short film on Raman Raghav, starring Raghuvir Yadav in the lead role.

But, Anurag Kashyap (director)‘s latest flick Raman Raghav 2.0 is not based on the life of Raman Raghav or its a biopic ( I wish it was)…
it talks about how Raman meets Raghav or what is the actual meaning of Raman Raghav 2.0 ? the movie is as bizarre as it sounds.

After the failure of ‘Bombay Velvet’ I still had a lot of faith in Mr Anurag Kashyap as I have always loved his work and cinema…but I was once again disappointed with this latest flick.

Review :

Frankly speaking, the maverick director Anurag Kashyap is clearly going through a story crisis at the moment, I seriously miss his previous work and films. Is this a work of his arrogance ?? or has he forgotten how to churn out good stories ?? has he sold his soul?

All these questions kept cropping up in my mind, while I very reluctantly sat through the boring film having wasted my money.

Synopsis :

Set in the present day Mumbai, tells us the story of a brutal serial killer from the 1960’s, Ramanna and his strange obsession with the cop Raghavan…he follows and spies on him without his knowledge and often creates situations where both of them come face to face. So does Raman finally meet Raghav ?

Technical :

I was so eager to know more about what made Raman become such a monster, what made him who he is, what makes him do the things he does.
The best part of the film is with his sister (Amruta Subhash), which briefly talks about the disturbed past and is the most effective part of the film, but it is too brief.

Another good scene – Raghavan, Kaushal has a scene in his home with his father ,which showcases us a hint of an unusual father-and-son relationship.
But the film doesn’t explore much or talks about these two aspects, it goes back to its brutal gory murders.

We don’t get to know Raghav very closely-( why is he so brutal ? why does he commit murders ? why is he so addicted to drugs ? we just have to accept him the way he is..I found it so half baked.

The lack of detailing in the script reduces the potential of the story line and the character played by Nawazuddin whose shining eyes and the chilling presence doesn’t add to up to showing us what he really is.

The major problem with this film, is that it doesn’t give its characters enough nuance to carry on with and that is one reason we don’t get the layers which will lead us into an understanding.
Through this film, Kashyap tries to draw parallels between a serial killer and a cop: how they can at times be a reflection to each other, by mercilessly commit crimes and get away with them, but he doesn’t explore their relationship.
Raman Raghav 2.0 feels like watching two separate short films, where one film is made just about watchable, by a talented actor, while the rest of the film is a boring affair-(

I don’t see any kind of cinematic blocking of scenes and shots in this flick, Mr Kashyap has shot the entire film with very close shots and handheld movements making me feel very suffocated.
Unlike his previous films he never opens the block or plays with wide shots-(

Performances :

Vicky Kaushal – He is the USP of the film, he excels right from the first frame with his top notch performance. I seriously found him better than Nawaz . This guy will go a long way.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui– He does not offer u anything new or fresh. He is exactly the same with his Badlapur hang over. He should seriously take a break from negative roles as he is getting repetitive.

New comer Sobhita Dhulipala looks hot but doesnot get much scope to showcase her talent.

Other performances, by Mukesh Chabra, Vipin Sharma & Amruta Subhash were terrific.

Verdict :

Overall, Raman Raghav 2.0 is not interesting, not scary, not fast paced as the trailer promised..it does fail to make a larger point.
Give it a miss…Not recommended-(-( Hindi film Industry deserves better…

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