The film isn’t a biopic on the real ripper modeled serial killer Raman Raghav. It puts an end to that notion through a disclaimer at the beginning. Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0 to be honest is a difficult watch for sure but the treatment and how the revelations are shown in the end compensate for a somewhat dull and non-moving part of the film.
This isn’t a film close to some of the director’s best work. Even with a slow paced narration that show the two sides of a serial killer, the film is likeable for certain aspects in it.
Raman is a psychopath who is on a killing spree. He shows no mercy at all to any of his victims that included his sister as well as his nephew. He has his own reasons for the killings and Raman Raghav 2.0 the film depict how Raman finds his ‘soulmate’ in ACP Raghav.
The film is too dark and intense and surprises you with the treatment given to it by Anurag Kashyap. One would definitely need to be in a different mindset to watch this film that has Anurag Kashyap trying something which is in his comfort zone.
Mixing of characters who are poles apart but at the same time who are different sides of the same coin is something notable. The climax in the film justify many things and puts a full stop to many of the questions that will crop in our minds midway through. Both the pivotal characters (Raman and Raghav) have been solidly sketched in the screenplay. Director who has tried a Tarantino style narrative dividing the film into eight chapters was something notable.
Watching Nawazudin Sidhiqui perform is a real pleasure. The guy is in a different level and the range he has is really commendable. Here, in this film he gives a brilliant act in front of the camera as Raman. As a psychopath, the character has multi shades to it and demanded emotional and facial expression change quite frequently at a rapid pace. The actor was spot on with his expressions.
Vicky Kaushal enacts the role of young ACP Raghav with style adding substance through the way he has contributed with his acting skills. There aren’t many supporting actors in the film and among them the two names who I should not miss are that of Sobhita Dhulipala who played the role of Raghav’s sleeping partner and Amrutha Subhash who played Raman’s sister’ s role.