Directed by Rahul Dholakia and jointly produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, and Gauri Khan, the action-crime thriller Raees released on the Republic Day weekend, i.e. on 25th January 2017.
Upon its release, the film had stiff competition from Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil and Malayalam films, Mohanlal starrer Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol and Dulquer Salmaan’s Jomonte Suviseshangal. However, the SRK starrer managed to put up terrific collections thanks to the strong fan base the actor is having in Gods own country.
Normally, the opening shows of the new Bollywood releases start from 10:00 am onwards, but in the case of Raees, the opening shows began at morning 7:30 am. The gangster-thriller had a good theatrical run in Kerala, especially at the Cochin multiplexes. From its entire run, Raees has minted Rs. 3.88 crore at the Kerala Box Office. The film has crossed Rs. 1 crore mark from the multiplexes of Cochin alone.
With such huge Box Office numbers, Raees emerged as the fifth highest Bollywood grosser at the Kerala Box Office. Interestingly, the film surpasses the collection of the 2016 Eid blockbuster Salman Khan starrer Sultan to do so. Raees is also the second Shah Rukh Khan film among the list of top 5 Bollywood grossers at Kerala Box Office. The top two slots and the fourth spot were occupied by Aamir Khan starrers Dangal, PK and Dhoom 3 respectively whereas Shah Rukh Khan’sChennai Express is at the third position.
Raees stars Pakistani actress Mahira Khan as the female lead. The film also featured Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sheeba Chaddha and Atul Kulkarni.