Anurag Kashyap is one director from Bollywood known for his eccentric choices and unconventional films. After a massive box office flop with his last movie, Kashyap returns with yet another unconventionally dark film.
Kashyap’s next full length feature film will be ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role. Check out the film’s trailer above.
Starting his career with independent low-budget films Kashyap moved up to crime thrillers with major Bollywood stars. With his own production studios, Phantom Films, Anurag Kashyap is now considered an auteur filmmaker from India, who’s gotten international acclaim.
Kashyap’s last film was heavily criticized by critics and audiences alike. His most lavish and ‘mainstream’ movie ever, ‘Bombay Velvet’ tanked at the box office, and hard! So Kashyap went back to the drawing board. Since ‘Bombay Velvet’, Kashyap released the anthology film ‘Madly’, in which he directed a short segment with Radhika Apte. But his return to feature length films comes with ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ goes back to his roots of stories that feature weird characters in insane situations, and most of the time containing a lot of violence.
‘Raman Raghav 2.0′ seems to be no exception. The story is about a real life serial killer who operated in Mumbai, India in the 1960’s. Having killed multiple people, the real life Raghav had no rhyme or reason to what he did, besides a barrage of steadfast beliefs that essentially made him mentally unstable.
The trailer shows Siddiqui being just as creepy and scary as imaginable, and the trailer plays to every horrible aspect of a character imaginable. The film is shown as a massive cat and mouse game between Siddiqui’s Raghav, and the police officer hunting him down, played by Vicky Kaushal.
Vicky Kaushal (‘Masaan’, ‘Zubaan’) plays the police officer on his trail and there seems to be a weird parallel between the two characters. Kaushal seems to have a different set of demons that he battles in the story, maybe even the reason that Raghav is attraced to him in the first place. Not at all the straight and narrow police officer, Kaushal’s character is just be as twisted as Siddiqui’s but on the opposite end of the spectrum, with both actors giving, what look to be, amazing performances.
Siddiqui has already played a wacked out killer in 2015’s ‘Badlapur’, and if he brings even a small shade of the creepiness from that role into ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’, then the movie is sure to be a twisted thriller.
Kashyap is always better at stories that tend to be brutally raw, violent and just outright gritty. His previous films like ‘Ugly’ and ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ are perfect examples of this. His characters are also always known to have shades of grey, and can never be classified as traditional protagonists. So it should be very interesting to see what he does with a main character who is essentially evil and acting as the antagonist of his own story.
‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal and is directed by Anurag Kashyap, produced by Phantom Films. The film will premiere at Cannes International Flim Festival 2016.
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