Raees (lit. Wealthy) is a 2017 Indian period action crime film directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Gauri Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under their banners Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment. It stars Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The film was released on 25 January 2017 on Republic Day weekend. The film got five nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Actor for Khan.
Raees was said to be based on criminal Abdul Latif’s life.However, the filmmakers denied this, stating, “The story of the film is a pure work of fiction, not based on any person; living or dead.” The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2017 up until it was surpassed by Golmaal Again, Tiger Zinda Hai and Secret Superstar. Raees was also the most pirated Hindi film of 2017. The film’s soundtrack has also received over 800 million streams on YouTube.