LOOSELY based on a psychotic serial killer who terrorised Mumbai in the 1960s, the contemporary thriller sees director Anurag Kashyap return to his gritty film making roots.
Nawaz uddin Siddiqui plays a crazed motiveless killer and Vicky Kaushal the sleep- deprived drug-addicted cop on his trail. The interestingly structured episodic story line looks into the psyche of two guys deeply flawed in their own ways as they try out- smarting one another in the seedy back alleys of present-day Mumbai.
The stylised story along with the relatively unique Mumbai-set subject matter and a mesmerizing performance from Siddiqui keeps audiences engaged. The cinematography is first grade and there are moments of genuine terror in the film.
Apart from being a lawman versus crazed killer story, Raman Raghav 2.0 also looks in- to the underbelly of Mumbai and into the dark minds of two individuals battling with inner demons. What prevents the interesting subject matter from reaching its undeniable potential is a fractured screenplay, which comes across as self-indulgent at times.
The dark drama had the potential to be great, and is well worth watching if you want to experience a different Bollywood release.