Raid (2018 film)

Raid is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language crime film based on 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.[3] Directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, it was backed by T-Series and Panorama Studios.[4] Raid stars Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukla and Ileana D'Cruz in lead roles.[5]

Ajay Devgn's Raid poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRaj Kumar Gupta
Produced byAbhishek Pathak
Kumar Mangat Pathak
Bhushan Kumar
Gaurav Nanda
Krishan Kumar Dua
Written byRitesh Shah
StarringAjay Devgn
Ileana D'Cruz
Saurabh Shukla
Music byAmit Trivedi
Tanishk Bagchi
CinematographyAlphonse Roy
Edited byBodhaditya Banerjee
Distributed byViacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 16 March 2018 (2018-03-16)
Running time
115 minutes
Budget720 million (US$10 million)[1]
Box office1.53 billion (US$21 million)[2]

Raid was released in worldwide cinemas on 16 March 2018.[6] Raid received generally positive reviews from critics and audience.[7] Its lifetime global gross collection of 153.62 crore against a budget of 72 crore proved it to be critically and commercially successful.[8] Co-producer Bhushan Kumar declared in April 2020 that Raid will be continued as a franchise of multiple films.[9]


The film focuses on an lRS officer Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn), who has just been transferred[10] to Lucknow as Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, where he lives happily with his wife Malini (Ileana D'Cruz). One day, he receives an anonymous tip about black money hoarded by (Member of Parliament) Rameshwar Singh (Saurabh Shukla), the don of Sitagarh, who had evaded income tax for a long time. So, Amay and his team, after much planning, head to Sitagarh. There he and his team face opposition from Rameshwar's very hostile family, but he holds up to his ideals and integrity. He searches every nook and cranny of the house with his team to find the black money without any success. After a few hours of searching, when all hope seems lost, he receives an anonymous letter, along with a map, revealing the location of the money in the house. Amay and his team break down the walls, ceilings, staircases and old storerooms (with the help of the map) to find assets worth crores (tens of millions).[11] MP Rameshwar, not willing to accept defeat, goads Amay into letting him leave the house.

He then meets the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, who refuses any help as the Income Tax department is under the control of the Central Government and the raid is legal. The Central Finance Minister is persuaded to call Amay, but is promptly rebuffed. A relentless Rameshwar meets several MPs, politicians, senior officers and even the Prime Minister, but to no avail. He, then rallies his political support and threatens to topple the state cabinet unless the Prime Minister agrees to meet him. As the raid continues for a 3rd consecutive night, the PM and Rameshwar meet. The PM calls Amay and asks him to look for other legal options; Amay agrees to comply, as long as she furnishes a signed order through fax ordering Amay and his team to stop the raid, effectively negating the request. The PM realizes that a written order pressurizing the IRS Officer to stop the raid may reach the media and the Government may be brought into disrepute. She refuses to help and sends Rameshwar away. Frustrated, Rameshwar upon exhausting his political options, tries the tack of attacking Amay's wife Malini, who narrowly escapes. On hearing this, Amay becomes furious but decides to control his anger.

Finally, on the 4th day, at noon, Rameshwar sends his henchmen to kill Amay and his team. A long battle ensues and a nearly defeated Amay is saved in the nick of time by a special police force sent in by the PM. Rameshwar is arrested and before being led away in handcuffs, he asks Amay about the identity of his informer. Amay refuses to divulge that information. It revealed that Rameshwar's youngest daughter-in-law was the informer; she and her lover wanted revenge on Rameshwar for forcing her to marry his impotent son as part of a political deal. Rameshwar is seen wondering about the informer's identity in prison while Amay gets transferred to another city, with hopes of a brighter future.


  • Ajay Devgn as Amay Patnaik, IRS Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax
  • Ileana D'Cruz as Malini Patnaik
  • Saurabh Shukla as Rameshwar "Ramji" Singh a.k.a. "Tauji"
  • Amit Sial as Lallan Sudheer Singh, Sr Tax Assistant
  • Devas Dixit as Shashi Singh
  • Gayathri Iyer as Mukta Yadav, Tax Assistant
  • Sheeba Chaddha as Prabha Devi
  • Saanand Verma as Suraj Singh
  • Sulagna Panigrahi as Tara
  • Geeta Agarwal as Reema
  • Amit Bimrot as Satish Mishra Income tax inspector
  • 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 as 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.[12][13] More than 40 theatre actors of Lucknow were selected to play various characters in the film.[14]


The principal photography of Raid took place in Lucknow and Raebareli, and commenced in September 2017.[15][16][17][18]


The film is loosely based on what is purported to be the longest-running Income Tax raid in history. On 16 July 1981, IT officials raided the house of a businessman, and Congress MLA and a former member of the Rajya Sabha, Sardar Inder Singh in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The morning of July 16 began quietly enough. When Alok Kumar Batabyal, deputy director (Intelligence) who headed the raids on the first day, left his house in Swaroop Nagar with a group of other officers, nobody paid the slightest attention.[19] They recovered undeclared assets worth 16 million (US$220,000) in cash and gold. The raid reportedly took 18 hours and 45 people to count the notes.[20][21][22]


Soundtrack album by
Released1 March 2018 (2018-March-01)[23]
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. Both the songs were originally composed by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and recreated by Tanishk Bagchi. 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 officeEdit

The film earned 100 million (US$1.4 million)[24] on its first day and by the end of its first weekend the film had made a collection of 410 million (US$5.7 million).[25][26]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received generally positive reviews from critics.[27] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 67% based on 12 reviews with an average rating of 5.78/10.[28]

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.[29] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 saying "Devgn's brooding presence" made the film riveting.[30] However, in a 1.5 out of 5 star review, The Indian Express called the movie "overlong and tepid".[31] 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".[32] 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.[33] 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, he felt that Saurabh Shukla's performance was exceptional, and gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5.[34] Actor Ajay Devgn has won Best Foreign Actor award at the 27th China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival for his role in film Raid.[35]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Date of Ceremony Awards Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
16 February 2019 Mirchi Music Awards Recreated Song of the Year "Sanu Ek Pal" Won [36][37]


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