In the Pad Man promotions, Akshay Kumar’s character was touted as the ‘pagla superhero’ without a cape. Now in Raid, Ajay Devgn is a hero without the uniform, so the first poster of the movie declares in its tag ‘heroes don’t always come in uniform’. This is interesting since Ajay is known to play uniformed hero in many a movie like Zameer, Singham series, Sunday, Gangaajal, LOC Kargil, Major Saab etc. With Raid, Devgn has paired up with director Raj Kumar Gupta for the first time.
The poster has Devgn sitting quite grimly among enormous piles of cash and gold, which we assume to be black money. Is it me or does Ajay look like he is coming straight out of the sets of Drishyam? The movie also stars Ileana D’Cruz and Saurabh Shukla. The movie is said to be set in the ’80s and its plot is centered around a famous income tax raid that happened in UP. Devgn is reportedly playing an IT officer in the movie.
Gupta is known for making content-driven movies with a touch of realism. Both his debut movie Aamir (starring Rajeev Khandelwal) and No One Killed Jessica (starring Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji) were appreciated by both masses and the critics. He was lying low after the failure of Ghanchakkar, but going by the premise of Raid, this will put him back in the radar. The script is written by Ritesh Shah, who has been associated with Pink and Airlift.
Raj Kumar Gupta had earlier spoken To Indian Express about working with Devgn, where he said, “Raid is a story that needs to be told on the big screen, and I’m looking forward to working with Ajay on a subject like this,”
Talking about working with Ajay Devgn yet again after Baadshaho, Ileana said in an earlier interview, “Working with Ajay has been really really smooth. He is one of those people who is just so easy to work with. You forget the fact that he is this big superstar because he is super easy to work with.” She further added, “And, it is a great role for me, it is very different. It is out of the 1980s, so it is very interesting, I think, I have done so many films from 1970s and 1950s, and now 1980s. But I think it is a great film, and it was a great experience working with Rajkumar Gupta as well.”
Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz and Saurabh Shukla… First look poster of #Raid… Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak… Directed by Raj Kumar Gupta… 16 March 2018 release. pic.twitter.com/0aPxZewe82
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 6, 2018