To be honest, the twist in the tale is quite intriguing but the movie drags in the first half and only gets tighter in the second half. But then again you wonder, was it necessary for a woman, who passionately loves her man, to get married with one and sleep with another in order to help the one she loves? And which man would love a woman like this?? If there was one man involved, other than the lover, this could have been digested. This weak link is what I think will be the downfall of RAQUEEB which is otherwise a decent, honest attempt at a crime thriller.
Director Anurag Singh, who makes his debut, I would say just about, manages to make the mark. So what works? The music by Pritam is foot-tapping. Clearly, the man is on a Dhoom macha le mission. Tanushree Dutta pouting her lips and wearing skimpy clothes might just catch the fancy of the front benchers. But, sadly, I believe with the multiplex influence, the front-benchers have become a species of the past! But to be fair to the girl, she does have that little bit of ‘sex’ effect!!
Jimmy Sheirgill is fast racing to another level, talent wise. He yet again comes with a cool performance looking dapper in most of his scenes. One big break and the actor is sure to break the shackles of being on the periphery to being the one up there. He promises a lot. Sharman Joshi again comes up with another earnest performance after LIFE IN A METRO. As the central figure, he holds the plot well till the end. He also shows maturity in his performance. Rahul Khanna is passable.
On the whole, RAQUEEB is not as bad as GOOD BOY BAD BOY or even KYA LOVE STORY HAI.