Shah Rukh Khan in a still from Raees.Raees/ YouTube screenshot

The much-awaited trailer of Bollywood movie Raees was released today on YouTube and has received positive reviews from the critics, who can not stop praising superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

In Raees, Shah Rukh Khan plays a bootlegger-turned-politician and glimpses of his portrayal are nothing but a subtle reminder of the refreshing truth that this superstar has marched ahead of the mushy Raj and Rahul of celluloid.

With a mean gaze and self-satisfied smirk, Khan makes bad look good. The Raees trailer is a healthy mix of action, romance and drama, and has blockbuster written all over it.

Although reports claimed that Pakistan-based artist Mahira Khan's role was trimmed, she has been given room in the trailer. The best bits, however, are the times when Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui decide to engage in a conversation.

Directed by Rahul Dholakia, Raees is scheduled to be released on January 25.

Meanwhile, critics have had a chance to take a look at the Raees trailer and they cannot stop praising it. Here's what they have said:

Sarita Singh: Just watched Raees 1 st look ... and ab apna time shuru. just loved it !! Waiting for 25/1/17 @iamsrk @ritesh_sid @rahuldholakia

Omar Qureshi: Congrats @ritesh_sid @rahuldholakia @FarOutAkhtar #Nawaz #Mahira for a butt-kicking #RaeesTrailer. Of course it's @iamsrk all the (high)way.

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Vajir Singh: STUNNED, WOWED, & SPEECHLESS. @iamsrk in & as #Raees is like never seen before & must see for sure. #AagayaRaeesBhai

Rohit Khilnani: #RaeesTrailer is v filmi & v good! Personally I like gangster & underworld films & I like @iamsrk in such roles. Good one @rahuldholakia

Sarita A Tanwar: #Raeestrailer has @iamsrk doing dialoguebaazi, flying kites, breaking bones & romancing. Dhamaka. IF you need more, there Is Sunny Leone.

Udita Jhunjhunwala: Crackling dialogue, superb cast & a smoking hot headlining act by @iamsrk. That's just the trailer of @rahuldholakia's #Raees!

Faridoon Shahryar: Look of #Raees literally owns SRK n then he romances with a lot of pakeezgi. Raees looks like a career defining role for SRK.#RaeesTrailer

Anewradha: Mind blown after watching the trailer of #Raees. @iamsrk is phenomenal. So hot and so angry and so lovable and so yum! Looking forward to it

Watch the Raees trailer below: