“Raid” brings Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz together once again after “Baadshaho.” Raid is a crime drama and has Ajay and Ileana in the lead roles. The flick was released on March 16, 2018, in 3400 screens in India and 369 screens overseas, 3769 screens worldwide. The film is loosely based on Sharada Prashad Pandey, an income tax commissioner from Lucknow.

Pandey raided the house of Sardar Inder Singh and recovered Rs 1.60 crore in cash and gold. It was one of the most extended raids, and it continued for 18 hours. More than 45 people were required to count the stashed money by Singh.

Ajay Devgan plays the role of the fearless IT officer who cannot be bribed while Ileana D’cruz plays the role of Ajay’s wife.

The flick has been extensively promoted by the “Raid” team and has been able to create a good buzz about the flick. The flick also reminds viewers Neeraj Pandey's directorial "Special 26" with Akshay Kumar in the lead.

Box Office Predictions

Since there are no other releases this week, the film has an excellent opportunity of making it big. The flick is being screened to packed houses across India and can easily mint Rs 15-20 crores on its first day at the box-office.

With the PNB scam just around the corner and with the general mood of the nation being to catch the looters, the film came at an appropriate time.

Star cast does a brilliant job

The direction of the film rests in the hands of Raj Kumar Gupta who has worked very hard to weave two completely divergent subplots – one the raid which has been well thought out by the director to the last details and a syrupy relation of the IT officer with his wife who is always fearful of her husband’s safety.

Raj Kumar Gupta is an accomplished director who has given us masterpieces like “No One Killed Jessica” and “Aamir.”

All the actors have done justice to their roles. Ajay Devgn as the upright IT officer is his usual self. He is not the typical swashbuckling Bollywood hero who is beating the goons and saving the modesty of a woman.

His weapons are fast decision-making capacity and unassailable honesty which by itself makes him larger than life. Saurabh Shukla is the anti-hero and is fantastic and does full justice to his role. He is intimidating, frightening and true to his character infuriating at times. The highlight of the film is the banter between Ajay-Saurabh and will go down very well with the audience.

Ileana D’Cruz impressive

Ileana D’Cruz plays the role of Ajay’s wife, and they look adorable. Among the characters, Amit Sial’s character can be singled out for special mention and in spite of the offensive nature of his character, manages to generate chuckles at various occasions.

The actress who played the role of Saurabh Shukla's mother also creates a lot of giggles.

The film was shot extensively in and around Lucknow. The trailers of the film were released a few days back and had been widely appreciated for its one-liner and hard hitting dialogues. The main cast features besides Ajay and Ileana some theater artist from Lucknow.

Audience response

Films which are based on real stories are often lapped up by an audience which has been fed a steady dose of fictional tales. This film is about an income tax raid and is sure to be interesting.

Stories which tell about people taking on a corrupt world always touch a raw nerve of the audience.

It provides some relief to the audience, at least in those three hours when the right and the just triumphs over the corrupt.

Bollywood Hungama wrote, "RAID" is a realistic and hard-hitting thriller that keeps you hooked right till the end. A film that is sure to win accolades as well as positive word of mouth." Rating: ****