Raid (2018 film)

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Ajay Devgn's Raid poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRaj Kumar Gupta
Produced byAbhishek Pathak
Kumar Mangat Pathak
Bhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar Dua
Written byRitesh Shah
StarringAjay Devgn
Ileana D'Cruz
Saurabh Shukla
Music byOriginal Music and Background Score:
Amit Trivedi
Revamp Composer:
Tanishk Bagchi
CinematographyAlphonse Roy
Edited byBodhaditya Banerjee
Distributed byUFO Moviez
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Eros International plc (overseas)
Release date
  • 16 March 2018 (2018-03-16)
Running time
115 minutes
Budget72 crore[1]
Box office144.44crore[2]

Raid is a 2018 Indian crime thriller-drama film[3][4][5] written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. It features Ajay Devgn, Ileana D'Cruz and Saurabh Shukla.[6][7]

The film is inspired by the real life income-tax raid conducted by the officers of the Income Tax Department under the leadership of a courageous and upright Indian Revenue Service officer in the 1980s.[8] It was released worldwide on 16 March 2018 with positive reviews from critics and it was a box office success. [9]


The film focuses on the transferred IRS officer Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn)[10] to Lucknow as Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, who lives happily with his wife Malini (Ileana D'Cruz). One day, he receives an anonymous tip about the black money hoarded by (Member of Parliament) Rameshwar Singh(Saurabh Shukla), the don of Sitagarh, who has evaded paying the income tax for a very long time. So, Amay and his team plan heavily and head over to Sitagarh. There he faces hostility from Rameshwar's family but he keeps up his honest attitude. He searches every nook and corner of the house with his team to find black money, but to no avail. After a few hours, when all hope is lost, he receives an anonymous letter revealing to him the location of the money in the house, along with a map. So, Amay and his team break down the walls, ceilings, staircases and old storerooms (with the help of the map) to find assets worth crores. MP Rameshwar, not willing to accept defeat, goads Amay into letting him leave the house. He meets the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, but the CM refuses any aid as the IT department is under the Central government's control and the raid is legal. The central finance minister is forced to call to Amay, but is rebuffed. A relentless Rameshwar meets several MPs politicians, senior officers and even tries to meet the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi herself, but to no avail. He rallies his political support and threatens to topple the state cabinet unless the Prime Minister agrees to meet him. When the raid proceeds for the 3rd night, the PM and Rameshwar meet. PM Indira Gandhi calls Amay, and tells him to look for other legal options. Amay agrees, as long as she provides a signed order through fax to stop the raid, effectively negating the request. The PM is disheartened as a written order pressurizing to stop the raid may gain media's voice and the Government may be disreputed and hence sends Rameshwar away. Frustrated, Rameshwar tries to attack Malini, which she escapes narrowly. On hearing this, Amay becomes furious but controls his anger. Finally, on the 4th day at noon, Rameshwar's henchmen come to kill Amay and his team. After a long struggle, a nearly defeated Amay is saved in time by special police forces sent by the PM. Rameshwar is arrested but upon asking about the identity of Amay's informer, the latter refuses to disclose it as per the rules. Later, it is revealed that it is Rameshwar's youngest daughter-in-law was the informer as she and her lover wanted revenge on him for marrying her forcefully to his impotent son. Rameshwar is left wondering about the informer's identity in prison while Amay gets transferred to some other place, with a hope for a bright future.


  • Ajay Devgan as Amay Patnaik
  • Ileana D'Cruz as Malini Patnaik
  • Saurabh Shukla as Rameshwar "Ramji" Singh a.k.a. "Tauji"
  • Amit Sial as Lallan Sudheer Singh
  • Amit Bimrot as Satish
  • Gayathri Iyer as Mukta Yadav
  • Sheeba Chaddha as Prabha Devi
  • Saanand Verma as Suraj Singh
  • Sulagna Panigrahi as Tara
  • Anand Prakash Kabra
  • Geeta Agarwal as Reema
  • Devas Dixit as Shashi Singh
  • Ravi Khanvilakar as Rakesh Singh
  • Pravin Singh Sisodia as Anubhav Singh
  • Pushpa Joshi as Amma Ji
  • Saurabhi Singh as Jaya
  • Simran Nisha as Sushma
  • Prakash Bajpai as Ramu Kaka
  • Manju Shukla as Kaki
  • Udayvir Singh as "Shyam Bihari Lal", Director General of Income Tax
  • Flora Jacob as Prime Minister
  • Anil Rastogi as Finance Minister
  • R.C. Pathak as Chief Minister
  • Ajay singh IT officer



In August 2017, Raj Kumar Gupta made an official announcement about Ajay Devgn and Ileana D'Cruz being a part of his next film titled Raid.[11][12] More than 40 theatre actors of Lucknow were selected to play various characters in the film.[13]


The principal photography of Raid took place in Lucknow and Raebareli, and commenced in September 2017.[14][15][16][17]


The film is loosely based on what is purported to be the longest-running Income Tax raid in history. On July 16, 1981, IT officials led by IT Commissioner of Lucknow, Sharda Prashad Pandey, raided the house of a businessman, and Congress MLA and a former member of the Rajya Sabha, Sardar Inder Singh in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. They recovered undeclared assets worth Rs 1.6 crores in cash and gold. The raid reportedly took 18 hours and had 45 people took to counting of notes.[18][19][20]


Soundtrack album by Amit Trivedi, Tanishk Bagchi
Released1 March 2018 (2018-March-01)[21]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Amit Trivedi chronology
Tanishk Bagchi chronology
Dil Juunglee
Fanney Khan
Singles from Raid
  1. "Sanu Ek Pal Chain"
    Released: 12 February 2018
  2. "Nit Khair Manga"
    Released: 20 February 2018

The music of the film is composed by Tanishk Bagchi and Amit Trivedi while lyrics are penned by Manoj Muntashir and Indraneel. The first song of the film "Sanu Ek Pal Chain" which is sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was released on 12 February 2018. The second track of the film titled as "Nit Khair Manga" which is also sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan released on 20 February 2018. The album was released on 1 March 2018 by T-Series.

Track listing
1."Sanu Ek Pal Chain"Manoj MuntashirTanishk BagchiRahat Fateh Ali Khan3:30
2."Nit Khair Manga"Manoj MuntashirTanishk BagchiRahat Fateh Ali Khan3:48
3."Black"IndraneelAmit TrivediSukhwinder Singh3:40
4."Jhuk Na Paunga"IndraneelAmit TrivediPapon4:24
Total length:15:22


Box office[edit]

The film earned INR 10.04 crore[22] on its first day and by the end of its first weekend the film had made a collection of 41.01 crore.[23]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received generally positive reviews from critics.[9] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 71% based on 7 reviews with an average rating of 5.8/10.[24]

Rachit Gupta of Times of India found the screenplay of the film and Saurabh Shukla's acting performance to be impressive but criticized the songs which he felt were unnecessary and only acted as a distraction. Rachit gave the film a rating of 3.5 out of 5.[25] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 saying "Devgn's brooding presence" made the film riveting.[26] However, in a 1.5 out of 5 star review, The Indian Express called the movie "overlong and tepid".[27] In 4 out of 5 star review for Bollywood Hungama, Taran Adarsh wrote that the film is a nail-biting thriller which "is smart, engaging, gripping and entertaining".[28] Sweta Kausal of Hindustan Times praised the acting performances of Ajay Devgan and Saurabh Shukla but criticized the excessive length and the repetitive nature of the screenplay and gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5.[29] Rajeev Masand of News18 found the movie to be impressive in parts but was critical of its editing and the second half's screenplay which he felt was weak. Among the actors, Rajeev felt that Saurabh Shukla's performance was exceptional. Rajeev gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5.[30]


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