Watch: Be very scared of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the 'Raman Raghav 2.0' trailer
"I am God's own CCTV camera"
When one of the finest actors of the Hindi film industry, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, says that in a film where he is a playing a serial killer, you are bound to get startled.
But that's not all. The trailer of Anurag Kashyap's next film Raman Raghav 2.0 is filled with these little nuggets that show Nawaz as a psychopath, but with swag. You're scared of him, but you would also love to have a conversation with him.
Sample this scene from the trailer. Nawazuddin sits in front of a small boy, who is tied to a chair. He asks him his name, fully knowing the kid can't respond because his mouth has been stuffed shut with a handkerchief. He then tells him, "Tu chota hai na, to pocket. Koi poochega kaiko maara tujhe toh main bolega apun ne to pocket maara, bas (you're a little one, so Pocket. If someone asks me, I'll just say he was easy pickings)."
It's scenes like these that completely take your attention and pique your curiousity, in the trailer of Raman Raghav 2.0. It's not a new phenomena for Kashyap to play around with morality, and show you a holistic, almost bordering on subversive, version of a story that is originally pretty one dimensional. If you really think about it, the basic premise of Raman Raghav 2.0 is pretty much the game of chor-police we played as kids.
Only that the chor in this situation, is a mad-cap, crazy serial killer, etched out and performed brilliantly by Nawazuddin, while Vicky Kaushal, of Masaan fame plays the cop. Kaushal's role seems stale compared to the layered portrayal of Raman Raghav; it's almost stereotypical. He has a dark past, a possible drug problem, and is hell bent on catching Raghav because he probably has some personal/emotional stake in it.
Saying things like 'Anurag Kashyap is back to doing what he does best' might sound cliched, and even though we may be limiting Kashyap to a stereotype, as a fan of his work, Raman Raghav 2.0 definitely does give you glimpses of the Kashyap we had grown to love, from films like Gulaal, Dev D, and even Ugly.
Raman Raghav 2.0 has dark, brooding characters, the pace of a thriller, some genuinely scary scenes involving a murder weapon, and a pretty chilling background score. Vicky Kaushal is perhaps the weakest part of the trailer. Kashyap has tapped into the humour that is required to deal with a seriously frightening character of a serial killer, but it's that kind of humour that makes you laugh when the Joker comes on screen. It's humour with baggage.
Raman Raghav 2.0 is set to release on 24 June. Watch out for the last scene in the trailer below. It's a real clincher: