Ajay Devgn is back with another socially relevant and highly impactful movie, ‘Raid’ which is based on the longest raid that took place in Lucknow in mid 80s. It is touted to be the most memorable raid of all time because it took two full days to complete. Ajay as an income tax officer, Amay Pattnaik portrays his part very convincingly. The film helmed by director Raj Kumar Gupta of ‘Aamir’ and ‘No One Killed Jessica’ has both powerful and dull moments.

Amay Pattnaik (Ajay devgn) is a principled government servant who worship his duty and cannot tolerate injustice. His honesty paid heavy on him as he was transferred to some 49 times in seven years but still he is unbreakable and loyal towards his duty. He doesn’t think twice to take any stern action against the wrongdoers.

The longest raid in the Indian IT department history took place when IT officer Amay Patnaik got information from a source about the illegal assets of powerful political leader Tauji (Saurabh Shukla). When Amay got the approval letter, he wasted no time to conduct raid on Tauji’s home and businesses with his team.  

Ileana D’Cruz, who plays Amay’s wife, is very scared of her husband’s sternness towards his work. She fears for his life as he does not think twice to revolt against the goons. Ileana is Amay’s strength and courage.  

The casting is the USP of the film. Ajay Devgn totally fits the bill. He gets into the skin of the character and gives his best. This is not the first time Ajay played the serious role with prowess, we have seen his intense acting in ‘Singham’, ‘Gangajaal’, Zakhm’.

Sushma Joshi, who plays Saurabh Shukla’s mother, is outstanding. Ileana D’Cruz played Ajay’s sweetheart in the earlier flicks also and their combination is a delight to watch.

The other star cast like Amit Sial, Amit Bimrot and Gayathri, Ravi Khanwilkar, Sheeba Chadha, Devas Dixit, Pravin Sisodia, Saanand Verma proved valuable support.

Raj Kumar Gupta’s direction cannot be questioned but untimely song spilled water on the water-tight script. The second half gets into dull mode but the first part grips the audience interest.

Production value is high. Amit Trivedi background score is impactful, Alphonse Roy’s cinematography is fine.

In the nutshell, ‘Raid’ is gripping and has all the ingredients to hold the audience’s interest to the last.