As always, its another gory, sinful world that's showcased by Anurag Kashyap. In the lines of his film Ugly which was twisted and gruesome to watch, Raman Raghav 2.0 also has the same bloody goriness. The story revolves around Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a self confessed fan of death god who believes to have been sent by him to hunt down folks. But in reality he's a psycho who gets guilty pleasure in brutally killing others. He finds a partner in Raghavan (Vicky Kaushal), an assistant commissioner who's addicted to substance and abuse. When their lives converge, it leads to a few twists and if Ramanna pays for his crimes forms the crux of Raman Raghav 2.0.
Both Nawaz and Vicky are brilliant and deserve applause for one of their best performances till date. While Nawaz is a sadist and you hate him right from the start, Vicky is an addict turning scarily violent with every moment. Unlike most of the thriller flicks we've seen in Indian cinema, there isn't a lighter side of the story and there isn't a light at the end of the tunnel that we can look forward to. Keeping his cinematic style in place, there isn't any visible action and no killing is shown brutally but that's what makes it even more gruesome as its left to our imagination. The hand-held camera shots deserve a mention and they way the crooked slums of Mumbai are shot looks surreal.
On the downside, we cannot sympathize with the characters Raman and Raghav. There isn't a backstory on what happened that has lead them to this which makes their behaviour unjustified. The mini side story on Ramanna's times with his sister is an interesting watch but that scenes ends abruptly. The performance of even the supporting artists are noteworthy but the film doesn’t give its characters enough nuance to go on with. In a couple of scenes, the lack of detailing reduces the supremely talented Nawazuddin to a man trailing a rod, whose bright eyes and the chilling awareness of what he is doing doesn’t add to up to showing us what he really is.
There are a number of mesmerizing moments in the film and most of them are from Siddiqui but they aren't enough. Without the essential elements the film does feel hollow but some amazing performances makes it a film worth watching once.