Raees Reviews by Critics

Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees should scored decent reviews from critics. The average reviews are lower than Shah Rukh Khan’s last release FAN, but movies like Raees are never expected to win over critics.

Average Rating of All 'Raees ' Review - 2.9 stars

Raees Review by Indicine

Rating: ★★★½☆

Rahul Dholakia walks on a narrow edge here and could easily have gone overboard with very sensitive topics. He makes a palatable, almost family friendly version of a gangster film. It isn’t the most refined, and it doesn’t work all the time, but Raees has got a swagger about it which has not been seen in Hindi cinema for quite sometime. It is a throwback to the 70s angry young man movies of Amitabh Bachchan, and quite interestingly plays out like a film from that era. The first half moves at a frantic pace, but the second half slackens when the focus shifts on Robinhood Raees. It suffers from the post interval lull syndrome, but the climax redeems the movie to an extent. Also, credit must go to the makers for daring to make a move on identity politics and masking it in a commercial entertainer avatar.

 Raees Review by Taran Adarsh on Bollywood Hungama

Rating: ★★★★☆

Dholakia is not really known to be a hardcore commercial film-maker. One look at his body of work and you realize he tilts more towards realism than make-believe. But he does an about-turn with RAEES, for the film marries realism and masala wonderfully. The narrative moves seamlessly from romance [SRK-Mahira] to the game of one-upmanship as the criminal and cop collide. This is a big ticket film with SRK and Dholakia knows that the stakes are high. He maintains the realism, ensures that the pace and energy seldom dip… but, most importantly, he makes sure SRK’s legion of fans aren’t disappointed. He takes a leap as a storyteller, doing justice to the written material and extracting bravura performances from each and every member of the cast. Blemishes? Oh yes! The first hour unravels at a feverish pace, making you thirst for the second half. But it’s here that the problem arises. The pace slackens soon after the intermission and the romantic song and a few sequences act as spoilers. Thankfully, the film picks up when Raees’ life takes a dramatic turn, which leads to a high-voltage climax.

Raees Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India

Rating: ★★★½☆

Shah Rukh Khan has never looked better; he’s full of fury and for once, isn’t spreading his arms, but breaking others’. The film lies entirely on his shoulders and he carries the weight most of the times. When he doesn’t, the ever-so-reliable Nawazuddin Siddiqui steps in with his crackling performance. In the trademark Nawaz style, he delivers some comic relief while playing the Tom to Khan’s Jerry. Mahirah is restricted to songs and a few emotional scenes, but doesn’t really add much. If her purpose was to soften the baddie, it’s lost on the viewer. The movie can feel a bit long, but if you’re going for a great Shah Rukh performance and some good ol’ popcorn-entertainment, it might just ‘raees’ to the occasion.

Raees Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Dholakia knows his Gujarat . That was clear in his ‘Parzania ‘. There are some flashes of that insider knowledge here too, but you can see how fear of being censored has blunted the edges of this film which could have really lifted off the screen. The riots, both in Mumbai and Gujarat, have a seriously anodyne feel. And the predictable arc of the story weighs the second half down.SRK’s romantic interest, Mahira Khan, too is not as fresh as she could have been: the coyness is old Bollywood and in a film which should have embraced its masala roots much more firmly, it just sinks. So do all those slo-mos. And that Sunny Leone, who shakes it, shakes it, to no avail. So this is what we get: a Nawaz who is having the time of his life, and making us crack multiple grins, up against an SRK who breaks through in some moments (especially one in which he shares with his bete noire, when the film shuts everything else down so that we can focus on the duo ) but gets bogged down in florid, seen-too-many-times flourishes.

Raees Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Director Rahul Dholakia made an honest attempt to make a typical masala entertainment for the mass audience but gets confused between story telling and making a Shah Rukh Khan film. The film deals with too many issues like his previous film ‘Lamhaa’. The pace of the film is slow too especially in the second half. First half holds a slight promise to offer an interesting chase but fails to impress gradually. The biggest hiccup of the film is its weak plot. Except for the hide and seek between Shah Rukh Khan and Nawaz, ‘Raees’ is a yawn fest. The narrative of the film has been uselessly complicated by giving the political angle to it. The film could have been much more thrilling and gut-wrenching. It is a typical 70’s drama but in 2017, it doesn’t excite much.

Review by Sarit Ray on Hindustan Times

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Raees is a typical ’80s potboiler. Disturbingly, like commercial cinema from that period, the moral compass is a bit off. As Raees breaks up a political rally with flaming bottles of spirit, it sanctions violence. And it is borderline misogynistic, with the female lead (Mahira Khan) little more than a prop: a love interest he marries, keeps at home to bring up his child, and either yells at or romances.

Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life

Rating: ★★½☆☆

As a movie, Raees is definitely a letdown especially for those who expect a Deewar-like dhamakedaar masala movie. Fans of Shah Rukh Khan might give the movie its huge initial but don’t expect the road ahead to be a smooth ride. And warning for all superstars – acting with Nawazuddin Siddiqui is injurious to your own dramatic talents – he can steal your glory right from under your nose.

Review by Prasanna D Zore on Rediff

Rating: ★★½☆☆

SRK’s Raees takes you for a boring ride, trying to soak the gangster’s character in filmi spiel that is so typical of Bollywood’s masala films when the film’s creators realise that the plot is absolutely lame. You wonder at SRK’s conviction as an actor playing a gangster when he cries in Mahira Khan’s arms, unable to cope with the pressure of an honest gangster (really?!), when friends-turned-foe politicians play mind games with him. Besides Ram Sampath’s Udi, Udi Jaye, the film’s music lacks character. Dholakia’s direction goes for a spin when he makes Shah Rukh pump bullets into gangsters, showing the bullets hitting them in the chest, not once or twice, but back-to-back.

Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies

Rating: ★★½☆☆

As for the film itself, it has a very predictable storyline, a stale plot and stock characters- a gangster with a heart of gold, his supportive ladylove, a loyal sidekick, an upright cop, wily politicians, an ostensibly benevolent mentor et al. However, the background score somewhat makes up for it, but merely that is not enough, eh? Not that I have anything against commercial masala films, but for someone who grew up watching films like Deewaar and Scarface, Raees offers nothing new as such. If that was not all, the action scenes are quite unexciting and the ‘Moharram’ action sequence is so badly executed that you may end up wondering what were the makers thinking of while filming those scenes.

Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The film may be set in the ’80s but it also takes the cinematic liberties that films made in the era did. A song sequence to mark every occasion, chest-beating reactions, laboured death scenes (complete with slow-mo falls and multiple bullets punched from pointblank range to complete the job) and loud internal monologues (“Ya Allah, what have I done?” says Raees to no one in particular). In the action scenes, SRK mounts walls and leaps over buildings with the agility of Contra. But this is barely enough to make up for his loud and lazy performance. The actor seems to be too preoccupied with doing a Bachchan and ending up like Raju Srivastav on a bad night. Investing in Mahira Khan’s visa was a wasted cause as the actress can barely construct half an expression. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is surely the only redeeming factor in Raees but sadly, his parts are brief.

Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Surprisingly, RAEES (meaning rich) is not just a GARIB (poor/average) film it’s GARIB in its entertainment quotient as well. Shah Rukh Khan is a RAEES ( rich, talented) actor and he doesn,t need the remakes of Don and stories allegedly based on most wanted criminals to prove his stardom. A simple ‘suri’ from RAB NE BANA DI JODI, or the lovable junior artiste ‘Omi’ from OM SHANTI OM can do it while the coach Kabir Khan from CHAK DE INDIA will stay forever allowing us to hug ‘Jug’ from the recent DEAR ZINDAGI. And we hope he realizes that very soon. RAEES is a story that should have better remained untold.

Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Shah Rukh and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are simply fun. But at 143 minutes sometimes the cat and mouse game becomes tiresome. And the lackluster music does not help despite the words that insist ‘Raees is single piece’ (one of a kind). Despite all this Shah Rukh pulls off an action hero role that clearly encroaches on Salman territory and manages to keep it convincing. In fact, the violence in the fight sequences make you squirm. And the anger in Shah Rukh’s surma-lined eyes feels straight out of Amitabh Bachchan revenge dramas like Kala Patthar (watch out for the scene from the film beautifully juxtaposed!). Watch it because the recent spate of silly romances have not touched you at all. The bad-guy-with-a-golden-heart Shah Rukh fills that space, and really well.

Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies

Rating: ★★★☆☆

SRK is on top of his game here, recalling his Chak De India! performance in the process. With an effortless actor like Nawazuddin Siddiqui snapping at his heels, the lead actor is always on his toes. The modulations that SRK brings to the act are impressive not only on the level of craft but also in relation to the layers they add to the conflicted character. Nawazuddin, in the middle of a red-hot streak, operates in a totally different zone. He digs his teeth deep into his meaty role with customary elan and delivering a dazzling performance.

Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Raees begins so well. Rahul Dholakia captures the journey of young Raees’ fascination with crime so well that you are completely engrossed in the story. Raees holds you spellbound all through his rise to the top – his journey to Bombay and back is a highlight. The scenes between him and his mentor Atul Kulkarni are brilliant. The fight scene in the meat market is one of the best (read realistic) ever in Hindi films. SRK’s performance in Raees for most part, is on par with Swades and Chak De India. The supporting cast is exemplary, Zeeshan Ayyub deserves a special mention.

Review by Devarsi Ghosh on India Today

Rating: ★★★½☆

Putting that aside, the filmmaking is pure masala and this is one well-cooked masala movie. The story is not surprising; a gangster rises and he falls when he becomes bigger than the people who had patronised him for long. You have seen this a hundred times, but director Rahul Dholakia’s treatment seems fresh. There’s the time and place working for him, which is new for the Hindi film screen: Gujarat, the land of prohibition. There’s Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the earnest cop Majmudar, the perfect foil to Raees. Siddiqui gets his own hero moments, for instance, his entry scene is the stuff of genius. His character gets a lot of sharp one-liners, which he has developed a habit of delivering casually, like he has done in several other films. Mahira Khan is, well, there; just because she is not from around these places, you thought she was going to get something else to do other than exist? Silly you.

Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The film mixes research, realism, and more than a whole lot of ‘Bollywood’ to look exclusively into the politics and the inevitable underworld around the booze-trade in prohibitionist Gujarat of the ’80s. Being an anti-prohibitionist myself (how can any sane human not be), you align yourself with the heroic anti-hero instantly. The character is ostensibly based on the real-life rags-to-riches don Abdul Latif. The pesky cop seems more like a high-level Dhoble, although he’s merely doing his job. Between the don on the run, the cop on the chase, there are so many facets to ‘Raees’, recounted through a gasping episode after another that you wished the filmmakers had calmed down just for bit, given us few moments to pause and soak in the material. They could have turned this into a fantastic ‘Narcos’ like television series. There’s nothing niche about a Spanish show being loved by global mainstream audiences anymore, by the way. Yeah, we’d love to see SRK attempt his own version of a Pablo Escobar.

Review by Raghav Jaitly on Zeenews

Rating: ★★★☆☆

‘Raees’ is an entertainer which is driven by powerhouse performances. From dialogue delivery to slow motion sequences, the movie will give you goosebumps at times. If you want to witness high-octane actions, intense emotions and sincere filmmaking, then go for ‘Raees’. It amalgamates Shah Rukh’s charm and Rahul’s intelligence.

Review by Rajeev Masand on News18

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Evidently inspired by the true-life story of Abdul Latif, the illegal liquor kingpin of Gujarat who was charged for his involvement in the 1993 blasts, Raees shrewdly steers clear of naming names and only hints at true events. Still, it’s a well-made film that benefits from Dholakia’s keen eye for period and atmospheric detail. Although crammed with too much plot, and overlong on account of a screenplay that could’ve done with further tightening, the film nevertheless offers enough to enjoy. As a throwback to those thrilling gangster films from the 70s, many starring Amitabh Bachchan and scripted by Salim-Javed, Raees delivers ample bang for your buck.

Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice

Rating: ★★★★☆

Deliberately stagey and selfconsciously ‘retro’ Raees gathers its strength from the voluptuous resources of drama in the protagonist’s life and the power of the narrative to make clichés come alive by their defiant reiteration. The director knows his material is weather-beaten and he doesn’t pretend it is any other way. The shoot-outs filled with bombast and bravado, are from an era when such violence was considered macho. At the end when Raees’ world falls apart with a close encounter of the ‘thud’ kind, there is no surprise left in the plot. It isn’t only Raees who has nowhere to run to.

Review by Meeta on Wogma

Rating: ★★★½☆

Shah Rukh Khan slips in and out of being Shah Rukh Khan, but he is more Raees than Shah Rukh Khan at most times. This is despite some very good yet “film-y” lines. It would have been so easy to get carried away and SRK-ise them. But there’s restraint and that restraint doesn’t glare at you in the face. The rest of the cast isn’t gimmicky either. The tribute to this genre of Hindi films from the 80s is obvious including the song placement. However, the style of songs reminded me more of those from 90s. Yet, neither of those are jarring as they were in their times because of the writing. Sure, there are loopholes and there are continuity jerks (especially in some of the action sequences). However, it is just a relief not to be taken completely for granted as the audience. It is a relief to see a formula film play around with the formula. For now, that is good enough.

Review by Lokesh Dharmani on Masala

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Sadly there is nothing heroic, tragic or even comic about our protagonist that could get me invested in his story. The hunter and hunted chase sequences between Raees and his cop are so lazily written that they hardly establish the much required edge-on-the-seat tension or drama. When the cops block the roads, Raees smuggles liquor through the waters. Wow. Amaze balls, Captain Obvious. It is this simplistic writing that robs our hero of quick thinking, ruthlessness and a larger than life appeal.

Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews

Rating: ★★★☆☆

While the film is engaging, what lets it down are some of the contrived and ridiculous twists in the second half. But the climax packs a punch and that misgiving — ‘where is this film going?’ — is erased. Give this film a shot. While it doesn’t make you pop the bubbly, it does have some fizz and sparkle to keep you satiated.

Review by IANS on Sify

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The film is largely elevated by Shah Rukh Khan’s performance and a few dramatic dialogues that are used to churn the emotions. Shah Rukh essays the eponymous character with sincerity and aplomb. He emerges as a sympathetic and even admirable character and he does a very good job of portraying a brutal character albeit with soft tones in equal measure. Nawazuddin Siddique as the incorruptible IPS officer, Jaideep Majumdar is equally competent. His cat-and-mouse chase with Raees, punctuated with vibrant dialogues often elicit a chuckle. Together they keep you hooked. Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub as Sadiq — Raees’ friend and partner in crime — is effortless and affable. Unfortunately, though he has his moments of onscreen glory, he does not rise from being Raees’ lackey. Mahira Khan as Raees’s wife Mohsina is wasted in the film. Her character is perfunctorily included to add the romance angle and her onscreen chemistry with Shah Rukh lacks zing. The rest of the supporting cast are sincere.

Raees Review by Indiaglitz

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Director Rahul Dholakiain order to get the style and looks of the film, Rahul misses out on the content basis and ends up delivering a good performance oriented dragging and bland film. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is fantastic in some scenes and highly repetitive in others. He adds a good balance to Shahrukh Khan’s character and shines out in some of them. Mahira Khan looks adorable in some scenes, but fails to impress with her acting skills. The Sunny Leone’s item song failed to create the expected wonders. ‘Raees’ had all the potential to become a wealthy king, instead settles down to becoming a pauper prince.

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  • Had decided to post my review by night but couldn’t hold my excitement, hence posting it now itself.

    Note : As far as reviews are concerned , I try to be brutally honest. However, I should be excused, if at any instance, I sound like a hardcore SRK fan instead of a neutral movie buff.

    So here we go :

    Instead of getting into the technical terms like screenplay and editing , I will directly come to the +ve’s and -ve’s of Raees.

    Positives :

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    Let’s discuss each segment in detail.

    1. Acting : SRK has nailed it and he is fantastic as usual. He proves it yet again that when it comes to play an antagonist he has no match. (Just look at his eyes when he kills Atul Kulkarni and Mooosa, intensity says it all. He is equally good expressing his resentment when Government declares his ambitious project as part of agricultural land). However, it’s Nawazuddin who steals the show. I remember when Raees trailer was out , many called Nawaz the major disappointment of Raees. Today I urge those people- just go and watch him. He is absolutely amazing and comes out as a winner when the movie gets over.
    There was nothing much to do for Mahira, but even in that small space (which was allocated to her), she disappoints and looks misfit for her role.

    2. Action :

    Action is “Desi” and typical of 70-80s era. You are bound to remember Big B and Dharam Paji while watching the action sequences as mostly they follow the same lines.
    Particularly, the fight sequences of Butcher market and one took place in truck are commendable.

    3. Songs :

    What I liked is none of the songs are misplaced. Every song follows a sequence and connects directly to the movie, so audience will never feel that songs are forced (as it happens with most of the movies now-a-days).
    I didn’t like Udi-Udi at the time of it’s release, but it looks absolutely mesmerizing on big screen.

    4. Dialogues :

    They are the heart of this movie. You will listen a lot of cheers and whistles with every dialogues. I was watching it in plex but I can imagine what euphoria these dialogues would have created on single screens.

    Negatives :

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    1. Story is not well connected :

    It seems Dholakia had tried everything which was available in his platter.
    He drives a number of parallel events/issues together, yet fails to establish a convincing connectivity between them. Examples of such individual segments are –

    Nawaz chasing SRK
    Corruption (in police department)
    Political conspiracy
    Secularism
    Communal riots
    Philanthropic aspect of Raees
    Plight of workers working in unorganized sector

    He deals with all the above topics and honestly, they all are shot well but he fails to bind them together at the end.
    So, though people enjoy these sequences thoroughly (honestly, each of these segments are well crafted individually) at the end they look confuse as what they have gained from Raees- the movie as whole.

    2. SRK-Mahira Chemistry :

    This is yet another drawback and at times their chemistry looks forced. I felt a heroine was added to this movie only to strengthen the commercial aspects of Raees else there was no need for a leading lady as such.

    3. Climax : It was surreal for me though it is ‘strictly’ individual opinion of mine.

    Conclusion :

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    Now comes the major question- whether one should watch or skip Raees.

    I would categorize the audience into three groups and pass my remarks accordingly.

    1. SRK haters : These are the people who always have a prejudice about SRK movies and they don’t even appreciate the positive aspects of his movies. If you are one among them, skip it as you will not like it at all.

    2. Neutral audiences :

    Please understand that the decision – whether to watch Raees or not- totally depends upon your ‘Taste’. Raees is not a Dangal, Bajrangi Bhaijan or CDI. If you love wholesome entertainment and want to be completely engaged and involved for two and half hours, then Raees is for you. I guarantee it you will never get bored and will thoroughly enjoy the movie.
    However, if you are expecting Raees to be a perfect crime thriller with major twist and turns then I would request you to give it a miss. Because story is quite predictable and what makes it enjoyable is the characterization and performance of the casts, specially SRK and Nawaz and not the story as a whole.

    3. SRK fans : Book your tickets if you have not already. You will love this badass yet sensitive Avatar of SRK.

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    Rating : *** (3/5) (I always get afraid while allocating *(stars) to a movie because I am not good at it. Still trying my hands for the first time :P )

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    Commercial side :

    Raees is already a winner at single screens and it will attract large number of audience in coming days. What remains to be seen is, how it fairs at multiplexes. Though SRK’s presence has ensured fair occupancy and phenomenal advance booking for first three days, but will that continue when the actual weekend (Sat-Sun) peeps in, that’s the biggest question.
    If Kaabil is anything near to the reviews what it has received, it will put a formidable competition in front of Raees.

    My expectations : Will wrap up within 150 cr (HIT)

    @Indicine : Will post this review on three consecutive articles of yours. Please bear with me.




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  • ‘Decent’ reviews for a mass entertainer. Hope the audience endow it with all the appreciation and love. Want a 100cr+ extended weekend.
    Fingers crossed.




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  • If we considered only reviews which comes today than Raees reviews are better than Kaabil reviews. Kaabil average ratings is better than Raees because of yesterday paid reviews of Kaabil. Only indicine reviews is better than Raees reviews which comes today. So , critics wise also Raees is clear winner.




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  • After Fan I promised that I won’t trust these so called reviews even if they critics give 5 out of 5 stars to Raees !!!!
    For me audience response matters the most …. !!!
    Acc to indicine, families won’t come out in big numbers to watch Raees but if they come out in big numbers, if Raees collects as many as twice of Kaabil ,then indicine your going to be badly trolled once again after your prediction for Dangal !!!!!!!!
    Remember Raees is going to win this clash by a very very big margin …. !!!!!




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  • It is evident that half of the Critics has watched the movie with a NEGATIVE PERCEPTION.

    It is better than average film for sure. My Rating = 3.4/5




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  • The strongest shield for Raees to score big at B.O is its pure entertainment.
    It does offer entertainment.
    Many seems to have liked the first half, whereas many loved the second half more than the first half and found the second half emotional …!!!!!!
    Raees is going to a clean hit at B.O.
    I just hope masses and families come out in big numbers to watch Raees !!!!!
    Hope it shut haters mouth like Chennai express did !!!!




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  • Why didn’t you considered the following reviews?

    1. financial express 4.5/5
    2. firstpost 4/5
    3. siddharth kanan 4/5
    4. koimoi 3.5/5
    There are many other reviews which rated it from 3.5 to 5. But why will you consider them given that you were biased from the very first day. I mean its very funny that you think that an item number from sunny leone and action scenes will keep family audiences away from the film. I mean what’s wrong with an item number done by sunny leone. Shame on your mentality!!
    “Koi dhandha chota nahi hota aur dhandhe se bada koi dharm nahi hota”




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  • So the response is mixed to negative this even outs the clash and kaabil might lead from next week as the response to kaabil is extraordinary..kaabil all the way




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  • Amazing how bollywood thinks they are real critics.

    None of them talks about ram sampath background score and how much it lifts the movie.

    None of them even know what narrative, screenplay, plotting is.

    None of them are capable of judging movie on its merit.

    Instead 1st half good 2nd half bad visa versa.

    I can bet from every angle from entertainment value RAEES is a 4 star crime thriller.




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  • Story, script, screenplay?
    Does dholakia delivers?
    How is the narrative? Set up? Production values regarding bootlegging? Does it work?
    How is editing? Background score? Production values? direction?




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  • Watched it with the whole family and we loved it….
    Srk is awesome, Nawaz is killer…
    Their combo make the film a must watch.




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