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Raman Raghav 2.0 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A contemporary dark thriller that didn't match up to it's expectations."

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Raman Raghav 2.0 is a fictional story inspired by a serial killer named Raghav who killed over 40 people back in the 1960's. But as the opening credit clearly mentions, this movie is not about him. It's about a psychotic killer Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who leisurely strolls in the slums of Mumbai killing people for apparently no proper reason. As the storyline starts to develop he explains how he's fascinated by the infamous 60's killer Raghav and calls himself as a modern-day version of Raghav.

On the other side, the film also explores the life of a brash audacious police officer named Raghavan (Vicky Kaushal) who snorts coke and smokes cigarettes to balance his mental state and finds himself locked up in a bad situation from time to time. As the deputy in charge to take responsibility for Raman's murders, the storyline progresses into a cat and mouse game and eventually concludes with the two confronting each other who are together referred as soul mates.
Following a contemporary filmmaking style, the structural narration by Kashyap that branched the storyline into eight chapters excluding a prologue was splendidly handled for the most part. The two lead characters were nicely narrated in the course of 127 minutes and their motivations were clearly established. But the inconsistent pacing made the film a little dreary and the faulty editing ultimately made the film look ineffective unlike Kashyap's other films namely Wasseypur and Ugly.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui who portrays the character of a maniac killer was at his best the entire time. His dark comedic one-liners, direful gestures and his eerie appearance with a big scar on his forehead made him look genuinely terrifying for the viewer as it repelled me personally every time he's on-screen killing someone.

Vicky Kaushal, although he didn't quite match the brilliance of his co-star, was decent in his reckless police avatar for the most part. But the eccentricity added to his character made the film look much more somber that fits the genre and vibe appropriately.

Nevertheless, even though it didn't quite stand out as a unique distinctive thriller, Raman Raghav 2.0 is still partly entertaining with its dark wit, peculiar vibe, and an astounding performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is easily one of the best actors working in Bollywood now. 

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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