Release Date: June 24, 2016
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, Sobhita Dhulipala
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes
Raman Raghav 2.0 is based on the real life story of Raman Raghav, a serial killer who had reportedly killed around 41 people before he was caught by the police. The killings occurred in the 1960s and the victims were mostly poor people living in shanties or on pavements. However, this is not a biography because the lead character in the movie, Raman ((Nawazuddin Siddiqui), actually feels inspired from the gruesome killings of Raman Raghav and tries to copy his sinister actions. In his warped mind, he considers ACP Raghav (Vicky Kaushal) as his other half, since ACP Raghav is also brutal in his approach to his personal and professional life. The movie pits the serial killer on one side and a cop with a license to kill on the other side in an attempt to question the audience’s sense of morality and justice.
Raman Raghav 2.0 uncovers the twisted mind of a serial killer, as Raman explains his motivations and mechanisms that led to the killing of so many people. Raman’s macabre tales are peppered with dark humor, which he finds greatly amusing, and something that validates his existence and purpose in the cosmos. The movie does not show too much blood, and yet, due to its hideous undertones, one can easily feel the darkest of evil closing in all around. However, as the story moves from one killing to another, without any specific purpose, it may tend to feel repetitive for a normal person. The interesting part is how a relationship develops between the serial killer and the cop and what happens eventually.
Director Anurag Kashyap loves to deep-dive in the deepest, darkest parts of the human psyche, as well as explore shades of grey that make it difficult to differentiate between good and bad. This central theme may have worked well in his other movies, but in Raman Raghav 2.0, it tends to get a bit repetitive. That’s not to say that the movie does not have its quirks to entertain you. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s characters also seem to be fighting hard to come up with something new and refreshing.
Some of us are quite curious about serial killers, even though personally we may not have any such intentions or thoughts. Raman Raghav 2.0 is for you if you don’t mind your moralistic values to be challenged.