|Raees : Hindi Film Poster|
Raees was said to be based on criminal Abdul Latif's life.The film was released on 25 January 2017 during India's Republic Day weekend and becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2017.
Raees was also the most pirated Hindi film of 2017.The film's soundtrack has also received over 800 million streams on YouTube.The film received five nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Actor for Khan.
Directer : Rahul Dholakia
Producer : Ritesh Sidhwani,Farhan Akhtar,Gauri Khan
Writter : Rahul Dholakia,Harit Mehta,Ashish Vashi,Niraj Shukla
Starring : Shah Rukh Khan,Mahira Khan,Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Music/Songs : Ram Sampath,JAM8,OmGrown,Kalyanji–Anandji
Background Score : Ram Sampath
Cinematography : K.U. Mohanan
Editer : Deepa Bhatia
Production company ; Red Chillies Entertainment,Excel Entertainment
Distributer : Red Chillies Entertainment
Release date : 25 January 2017
Running time : 143 minutes
Country : India
Language : Hindi
The film begins in the mid-1960s and ends in 1991. Raees (Shah Rukh Khan) lives in Fatehpur, Gujarat, a state where alcohol prohibition is in force, and gets involved in illegal liquor trade at a very young age. Along with Sadiq (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), he works for a gangster Jairaj (Atul Kulkarni), who smuggles alcohol illegally by bribing the police. Raees lives by the philosophy of his mother (Sheeba Chaddha): every occupation is good, and no religion is greater than any occupation as long as it does not cause any harm to anyone. Raees decides to part ways with Jairaj and starts 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 who 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 Raees 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 plot of 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 the green zone. Raees suddenly finds himself broke with all his money dwindled on the 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 led 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 dead and Majmudar and his team drive away.
Raees Film Famous Dialogue Promo :
Baniye Ka Dimaag Aur Miyanbhai Ki Daring : Shah Rukh Khan
Raees Film Preproduction/Production Details :
Raees Film Shooting of the film began in April 2015.The film has been shot in Mumbai, and sets were re-designed to depict Ahmedabad slums. The last schedule of the film was shot in Gujarat in January 2016.Despite protests, the film was shot in Bhuj without disruptions between January and February 2016. There was a clearance issue by Archaeological Survey of India for shooting at Ahmedabad at the ancient mosque and tomb complex, Sarkhej Roza.
The film was released on Eid, 6 July 2016, but was postponed to avoid box office competition with Salman Khan starrer Sultan. The film was then rescheduled to be released on 26 January 2017, India's Republic Day, which conflicted with Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil, but then both films were moved to 25 January 2017. Raees opened to 3500 screens worldwide.
In March 2016, a legal notice was sent by an alleged gangster, Abdul Latif's son, Mustak, asking how or why a film on his father's life is being made.
A few days after the 2016 Uri terror attack, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) asked for ban on films featuring Pakistani actors on the basis that the actors were not openly condemning terrorism. Raees was on their list, because cast member Mahira Khan is Pakistani. MNS put forward a condition to lift up the ban, that producers shall never cast Pakistani artistes in future and they have to give rs5 crore as penance to the Indian Army welfare fund, but Indian Army refused to accept it by saying sacrifices should not be politicised. Later, ban was lifted without the conditions on Raees as demanded by MNS.
Farhan Akhtar, co-producer of the film said Raees will never pay, and was threatened by MNS.The Chief Minister of Maharashtra and member of the BJP and the RSS, Devendra Fadnavis said at the meeting with MNS and the producers rs5 crore as contribution to the Indian Army welfare fund was not quoted compulsory and was never a condition for lifting ban on films featuring Pakistani actors demanded by MNS, and earlier at an event praised Shah Rukh Khan as an "icon" and a "proud Mumbaikar".
Raees Film Song :
Song Credit :
- Song : Zaalima
- Music : JAM8
- Lyrics : Amitabh Bhattacharya
- Singers : Arijit Singh and Harshdeep Kaur
- Choreography : Bosco- Caesar
Raess Box Office :
Raees grossed rs128 crore worldwide in its First weekend.In india, it grossed rs176.6 crore . With a budget of rs95-127 crore , it has a domestic net collection of rs128.77 crore.
Overseas, Raees has grossed rs95.88 crore, making it Bollywood's highest overseas grosser of 2017. It also set the record for being the highest earning Bollywood weekend grosser ever in Singapore.
Worldwide, Raees has grossed rs272.5 crore . This made it the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2017 at the time, the highest-grossing January release for a Hindi film since 1994, and one of the top 20 highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
Raees was the most pirated Hindi film of 2017, with 6,187,379 online file sharers worldwide, primarily in India and Pakistan. This negatively affected the film's domestic box office performance in India and hence it was a semi-hit.
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