Film: Raman Raghav 2.0

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, Sobhita Dhulipala

Rating: ****

Dreadful, dark and deliriousdrawing you inside distorted mindsets, Anurag Kashyap&’s directorial takes your breath away right as the movie unfolds into a dreary world where there&’s no escape.

A whirlwind of splendid stills astounds. A closer look can help spot hidden metaphors in each scene as the unimaginable plot thickens its pace.

Raman Raghav was a serial killer in the 1960s in Mumbai. But, the movie is not about him. A bloodthirsty thriller set in today&’s times, the film is a maze between Ramanna and Raghavan.

Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a psychotic serial killer. His glowing eyes and a scarred forehead make him stand out from the crowd. Drowning into his drug addiction, Raghavan (Vicky Kaushal) is a cop but doesn’t abide by the laws himself.

Delving deep into the lives of Raman and Raghav, the story splits into eight gruelling chapters. Expeditiously, the film zooms in on the murders committed by the serial killer and swoops deep down into the scathing thriller.

Nawazuddin doesn’t let you blink an eye for a second. The actor&’s performance might just send shiver down your spine. Casually confessing his crimes to strangers, Nawaz adds a hint of humour in his lines even as he speaks with a straight face.

Impersonating the lifestyle of a drug addict, Vicky Kaushal&’s efforts show in his performance. The actor literally awakens the demon inside him as he plays Raghav.

Although the script doesn’t have too much scope for female characters, debutante Sobhita Dhulipala makes her presence felt as she plays Raghav&’s mistreated girlfriend.

If the performances are sensational, the photography and cinematography is spectacular. The dingy slums and grim localities have been authentically captured with subtle shades of freshness.

Despite the sterling performances, the spotlight of the movie is on the narration and direction. Like a magician, Kashyap casts a spell on viewers, entangles them in the twisted tale and leaves a lingering imprint on their minds. As an aftermath, he gets another masterpiece in his basket.

The filmmaker concludes each sequence with a tinge of terrifying truth. Reality is stranger than fiction, and Kashyap holds his ground perfectly as he portrays it on celluloid.

The violent scenes are spooky enough to haunt your thoughts and run through your mind for many days to come.

Who will win? Raman or Raghav? Get set to unravel the mystery when the suspense ends after a 2 hour 21 minute watch.