Raid is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action crime film written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar Dua, Abhishek Pathak and Kumar Mangat Pathak. It stars Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz and Saurabh Shukla as leading characters.
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. It was released worldwide on 16 March 2018 with positive reviews from critics and proved to be a box office success. Made on a budget of ₹45 crore (US$6.3 million), the film has grossed over ₹142.81 crore (US$20 million) at the worldwide box office.
The film focuses on an lRS officer Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn), who has just been transferred 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). 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 informant. 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
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