Well, this is a fruitful source of discussion! So many Shahrukh movies that are almost perfect, but not quite.
Raees! Such great performances at the center of it, and such a great character idea, and yet it just does not work. Here are some ideas of what might have made it better.
Action Scenes: (I think this was originally Emily’s idea) We’ve got gritty fights like the one in the goat market, and then we’ve got that Parkour stuff during Muharram which just doesn’t fit, and the crazy leaping around with guns in the “Leila” fight. Get rid of the big spectacular over the top stunt sequences, keep it small and what you could believe a tough smart guy from the streets could manage. Or maybe cut all the action scenes, even the real looking ones?
Romance: Just cut it, cut the whole thing. Maybe one scene of him having an arranged marriage meeting, then have the marriage and baby in the background for the rest of the film. Yes it’s cute, but it’s a distraction. Alternatively, integrate it a heck of a lot more. Make her a real part of the criminal empire. What do you think?
More politics: He runs for office to get out of jail, and it is never really discussed. That’s a big thing! I personally want more on that. Is it just me?
Less Losing it All For Charity: The whole plan of building a new neighborhood was weird to begin with, then the random losing all their money because they spent it on food, it all just makes no sense. I say, tie it back with my last point, have his rival politicians do something simple and that’s why he lost the money.
What do you think? What would you change? Or is it perfect already?