Critics Review of Raman Raghav 2.0

Anurag Kashyap announced via Twitter that the film is set to release on June 24, 2016. On April 19, 2016, it was announced that the film would be premiere at the 2016 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. The film premiered at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight to a rousing reception, raising hopes of a good show at the box office.

Review by SpotboyE:

Rating: 2.5/5

Besides such a simplistic subtext, there’s precious little to be grateful for. Both the lead protagonists fail in enticing your sympathy or concern. If Reptilian Ramanna is cuckoo, Cop Raghav’s a cokehead, whose attitude towards women is shamelessly misogynistic.

More: if the killer knocks the daylights out of a drug dealer, the cop abuses his licence to kill without batting an eyelid. Eeesh. How come? He has a bad dad complex, you’re informed, in the jukebox of his head.

Ensues a predictable cat-and-mouse game, with Cop Tom trailing the off-his-rockers Jerry. And vice versa. For thorough depraved stuff, the serial killer breakfasts on his sister’s family (this sequence is a chiller). Mercifully, most of the sado-masochistic violence is more suggestive than graphic. Thank you Kashyap sir again for the tender mercies. Images of a blood-caked iron rod, a cherubic boy held to gunpoint, not to forget the killer’s glowing eyes (courtesy, contact lenses) do linger on once the two-hour-plus malarkey has ended.

Worry not. The disturbing visuals are the sort which can delete within a minute, at most two.

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Review by The Times Of India:

Rating: 2.5/5

Director Anurag Kashyap treads familiar ground with Raman Raghav 2.0. It is overwhelmingly dark with deep macabre undertones. Kashyap gets the moral pendulum oscillating between his prime characters – one a cold-blooded murderer and another who has all the makings of becoming one. He subtly draws parallels between the personalities of his men who stand on opposite sides of the spectrum. Raman beautifully puts it in one of the film’s early scenes that after all, he and Raghav are the same people but the police uniform validates or criminalises their actions.

Review by ibtimes:

Rating: 2.5/5

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, “Raman Raghav 2.0” features Nawazuddin, Vicky and Sobhita Dhulipala in the lead roles. The film is based on a real-life story of a serial killer Raman Raghav, who gave sleepless nights to the people of Bombay in the mid-1960s.

The intense and dark film has all the elements that make a crime thriller interesting and it will keep you glued to your seat despite having an expected climax, feels critics.

Want to know more about the film? Read what critics have said about “Raman Raghav 2.0” below:

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV said: “Extending Kashyap’s continuing probe into the horrors of dehumanisation, Raman Raghav 2.0 dives deeper into the cesspit than any of the director’s earlier films – to deliver a dystopian study that is at once fascinating and nauseating.”

Review by Livermint:

Rating: 2.5/5

Raman is no Hannibal Lecter; he has no sophistication, only survival skills. His weapon of choice is a steel pipe, which he drags along the ground much like Meera dragged her rod at the end of NH10. Unlike Meera, though, Raman doesn’t have any motivation to kill—it’s just something he starts doing, discovers it comes easy, and continues with. He’s a terribly unreliable narrator—something the quicksilver Siddiqui has fun with—but the one thing that rings true is when he tells the cops that he developed a habit years ago of walking on the black portions whenever the road before him is chequered. It’s easy to imagine all those years of sticking to black and avoiding light warping his mind.

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