Date: 24 June 2016
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal
Rating: 3.5 stars
The opening credit reads: this is NOT the story of Raman Raghav 2.0 and you think it is a clever strategy on part of the filmmaker. As the film progresses you discover that this is indeed not the story of the 60’s serial killer but somebody like him somewhere.
Shot on real locations and in available lights the story is divided in episodes to enhance the lives of different victims but finally it is a chase between criminal Raman/Nawazuddin Siddiqui and cop Raghav/Vicky Kaushal. There are no surprises in the story and yet writer-director Anurag Kashyap engages you in a riveting narrative that you are unable to move in your seat.
From Paanch, Dev D and Gangs of Wasseypur to Uddta Punjab, Anurag Kashyap has traveled us through the dark alleys of human damage, and devastation. He is probably the only director of his generation who has the art of expressing silence in cinema, there are occasions when his screen turns completely Black and there is pin drop silece in the cinema hall. His films are about his observations of human relationships and expressions - all extremely attractive but rattling too!
So the choice is whether you have the nerves to take Kashyap brand of cinema, I don’t but that does not stop me from watching him!
Raman Raghav 2.0 excels in every department particularly sound and writing. All the performances Amruta, Vickey Kaushal are extra-ordinary but the scene stealer as always is Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Siddiqui is so simple that he is magical! His molten eyes and composure haunts you long after the film has ended.
Watch Raman Raghav 2.0 it only if you are prepared for sleepless nights.