Director Raj Kumar Gupta’s Raid starring Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz, is based on a true incident – series of income tax raids that took place in the 1980s in Lacknow.
On how he went about penning the film’s story, Raj kumar Gupta reveals, “Omce, Ajay agreed to do the fillm, screen-writer Ritesh Shah and I met people who were connected with the incident including the officer who had conducted the raids. We spoke to many IT officers because we needed to understand how the department functioned back then. Research and detailing were important for film.”
While Ajay essays the character of the IT officer, Amay Patnaik, Ileana plays his wife. The director adds, “We needed a good performer with an innocent Charm to play Amay’s wife and felt that Ileana was perfect for the role. Since there were no mobile phones, social media and internet in the 80s, and the IT raids were not widely reported in the mainstream media, the wives of these IT officers wouldn’t know where their husbands had goner or for how long they would be away.”
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