Raees, a film released in 2017, is an Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment. The movie features acclaimed actors Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Mahira Khan in prominent roles. While there have been claims that Raees draws inspiration from the life of the notorious criminal Abdul Latif.
Raees Hindi Movie 2017 Cast, Plot, Production, & Release
Raees hit the silver screens on January 25, 2017, coinciding with India’s Republic Day weekend. The film garnered widespread acclaim from critics, who lauded various aspects such as the exceptional performances by Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
The impressive production design, captivating cinematography, and remarkable visual effects. Notably, the film achieved significant success at the box office, emerging as the 6th highest-grossing Hindi film of 2017.
Set in Fatehpur, Gujarat, Raees tells the story of a sharp-minded young man named Raees who becomes embroiled in the illegal liquor trade within the confines of a dry state. From an early age, Raees embraces his mother’s philosophy, which asserts that no occupation is beneath the dignity and that no religion should be considered superior to any profession. This belief serves as a shield of self-deception as he navigates his morally ambiguous path.
With his loyal companion Sadiq by his side, Raees enters the employ of a local gangster named Jairaj, who quickly recognizes his potential and values his innovative ideas for smuggling liquor. As Raees gains power and influence, he decides to break away from Jairaj and forge his path to success. To achieve this, he seeks the assistance of a formidable crime boss named Musabhai.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Nawazuddin Siddiqui||IPS Majmudar|
|Sheeba Chaddha||raees’s Mother|
|Saharsh Kumar Shukla||Popat|
|Suparna Marwah||Aasiya’s Mother|
|Shah Rukh Khan||Raees|
|Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub||Sadiq|
|Pramod Pathak||Chief Minister|
Here are the best moments of Nawazuddin Siddiqui from the movie Raees. In the film, he was seen as a cop and was loved by fans for the role.
Shah Rukh Khan’s mother in Raees is essayed by actress Sheeba Chaddha.
Saharsh Kumar Shukla
Saharsh Kumar Shukla is an actor, who works in a supporting role in Hindi cinema.
Narendra Jha played the role of the gangster Musa Bhai in Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees.
Shah Rukh Khan
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub
Pramod Pathak has garnered fame for his notable portrayal in the acclaimed film series “Gangs of …”. He shared the screen with the renowned Shahrukh Khan in the film “Raees,” which also featured the talented Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. Pramod Pathak’s role in the film added an extra layer of depth to the narrative, contributing to its overall success.
Filming and Development
Principal photography for the film commenced in April 2015, with Mumbai serving as one of the primary shooting locations. To authentically depict the Ahmedabad slums, the sets were meticulously redesigned. The final schedule of the film took place in Gujarat in January 2016, capturing the essence of the local surroundings.
Originally slated for release on Eid, July 6, 2016, the film’s release date was rescheduled to avoid box office competition with the highly anticipated Salman Khan starrer, Sultan. The filmmakers made a strategic decision to shift the release date to maximize the film’s potential success.
Theatrical Release Poster
|Box office||est. ₹304 crore|
|Cinematography||K. U. Mohanan|
|Directed by||Rahul Dholakia|
|Distributed by||AA Films
Zee Studios International
|Edited by||Deepa Bhatia|
|Music by||Additional Songs: JAM8, OmGrown, Kalyanji–Anandji
Songs & Score: Ram Sampath
|Produced by||Ritesh Sidhwani
|Red Chillies Entertainment
|Release date||25 January 2017|
|Running time||143 minutes|
|Written by||Rahul Dholakia
Raees achieved remarkable success worldwide, amassing a staggering ₹304 crore (US$46.68 million) in box office collections. This phenomenal achievement not only made it the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2017 at the time but also secured its place as the highest-grossing January release for a Hindi film since 1994.
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