Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016)

Directed by: Anurag Kashyap
Produced by: Anurag Kashyap; Vikas Bahl; Vikramaditya Motwane; Madhu Mantena
Written by: Anurag Kashyap; Vasan Bala
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui; Sobhita Dhulipala; Vicky Kaushal
Music by: Ram Sampath
Cinematography: Jay Oza
Edited by: Aarti Bajaj
Language: Hindi
Running time: 127 minutes
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Seeran Review: The film opens with a small note about a person named Raman Ragav who lived during 60’s and we get swapped to a smart phone with a cocaine over it. So what is it going to be? Truly a fun! May be a Tarantino film. Then begins the way into the psychotic minds.

Throughout the film there is nothing as gender (right from sharing the cigarette to bed and Raman’s sister asking if her brother wants to have sex with her just before when she slapped him). Both run for their survival and interests. The radio description to commissioner along with the BGM was splendid. I heard this story somewhere – ‘There lived a Zen guru somewhere in the forest deep in the woods. He one day, went for a walk in the banks of the river. He saw a scorpion struggling for life over the weight of a stone. He wanted to help it and goes for it. When he pulls the stone from its back, the scorpion being its habit uses its poison. The guru dies walking few yards. There had been a smile in the face of the guru (as in the South Korean film Samaritan girl (2004))’. Here we see two guys as the Zen guru who murders and injures many.

In the last scene when Ragav’s father mortifies him, he wants to vent his anger on someone while he goes on searching for an accused. I am not going to speak about Raman as he is a psycho. Who does not enjoy the intelligence of a psycho? However I felt the sequence of him hiding under the drainage too dramatic. I loved the voluptuous actress who made her presence countable.

Throughout the film the film I loved many scenes like after he is locked up and bashed by the police off the records, he won’t try to get out the room, but rather argue with God. Who loved the joker (Heath Ledger) from Dark Knight (2008) or Weiss (Aidan Gillen) of Blitz (2011), will surely love Raman here. The situation when he locks his own sister’s family and beats them to death. Where he asks for a perfect tool to kill.

You will see a psycho within you coming out as the film proceeds. I felt that within me. It is just the result of seeing no gain enjoyed by Raman because of these murders.

Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raman_Raghav_2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerrilla_filmmaking 

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