A terrific take on inhumanity and nihilism brings Anurag Kashyap back to his known helm of affairs. The velvet of Bombay gets luridly, dark, grimy and terrific in this inspired on screen account of the notorious Mumbai psychopath killer Raman Raghav (Pysco Raman) who terrorized Mumbai streets during the mid sixties.
RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 is NOT about him says a declaration that comes just before the start of the film. The electrifying atmosphere at the night club that follows instantly takes the viewers in the trance for a gut wrenching, dark, intense and pop cultured thriller about a killer and a policeman that brings in different shades of evil and inhumanity.
Shot mostly in the dirty, shanty dwellings of 'Amchi Mumbai
' RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0
is an extension of Sriram Raghavan's short film on Psycho Raman - the serial killer who reportedly killed 41 people and surreally made a confession to cops in exchange for a chicken curry.
Vasan Bala and Anurag Kashyap pen an episodic eight-chapter script (This style no longer excites to the same level ) that begins with a powder struck cop Raghav (Vicky Kaushal) high on his stuff mingling with a hot Simmy (Sobhita Dhulipala) in a night club. A double murder takes place that night and in the morning the killer Raman ( Nawazuddin Siddiqui) visits the police station and makes a weird confession of admitting his crime and affection for the notorious psychopath Raman Raghav. Confined in a room, Raman escapes and series of murders take place provoking an engrossingly 'hunting' cat and mouse game between Raman and Raghav that remarkably doesn,t sensationalize much on the gore but emphasizes on the murky inhuman qualities of Raman and Raghav who though are on different sides find something in similar.
Vasan Bala and Anurag Kashyap writing rightly provide the atmosphere and give the feeling of the 'muck' the characters are in. Though the debate of characters with good virtues having minimum space in Anurag Kashap's film continues, the writers take a steady approach and not for a second they miss the grip. The scenes especially the sister episode is well built and brilliantly done. Though the writers at a point of time due fall prey to the cliches of the genre but Raman's wit and Raghav's dilemma compensate.
Anurag Kashyap in his complete command and in top form. Not for a second or a blink we are out from the atmosphere, the helmer maintains the tempo throughout and it was good to see the physical carnage getting cut down and more meat is added to the thrill and drama with pickle of wit making it the meal as ordered.
Jay Oza paints the city in the murky, grisly canvas, Ram Sampath's music sets the right atmosphere and Aarti Bajaj's frenzy with her scissors powered by Tiya Tejpal's apt production designing sets high standards in technical craftsmanship.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui gives a stellar performance. The master actor is in complete command and the intensity is not at all missed even for a blink. A class act.
Vicky Kaushal delivers in a tough role of a drug addict cop thrown between his dilemma, responsibility and duty. Fantastic.
Sobhita Dhulipala is a beautifully stunning find.
Those looking for fine points in morality, humanity and good virtues in this Anurag Kashyap's RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 will be disappointed. The woman characters shown in the film are weak plus the impulse of the coke ridden cop is unexplained.
But for others and especially Anurag Kashyap, this dark, grisly and stylish pulse riser produced by Phantom films and distributed by Reliance should find solace amongst the followers of this genre.
Those looking for a dark, de noire, and grisly time on screen with a twist in inhumanity powered by Nawazuddin Siddiqui's topnotch performance. RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 makes the kill. Hit it.