TopYaps Rating: 4
When was the last time when you really felt like ‘wow’ after watching a suspense thriller in a theatre? A long, long time ago, right? If you nod a yes, then we are on the same page. I have just crawled out of the press screening of ace filmmaker Sriram Raghavan’s latest film Andhadhun and am dying to tell you whether or not the film succeeds in evoking the ‘wow’ feeling.
What’s the dhun of Andhadun?
Based in Pune, Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a pianist. Blind since the age of fourteen, he is doing everything possible to collect some money and fly to London. One day, he comes across Sophie (Radhika Apte), a feisty lively girl who helps her father at their restaurant in Pune. At the restaurant, Akash gets to showcase his talent to the world and, also, make some quick money in return.
The same day, he also happens to meet yesteryear actor Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan) who invites him for a personal piano session on the occasion of his marriage anniversary. However, as Akash reaches his home and meets his wife Simmi (Tabu), his life changes forever. What happens next is the crux of the story.
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Peppered with moments of thrill, suspense, and drama, Andhadhun is a film that promises to offer more than what you would have probably bargained for. It does not hit you at the word go, but as you invest some time in the world created by director Sriram Raghavan, you find yourself completely immersed in its complex, layered lanes and bylanes that have a barrage of surprises coming at regular intervals.
You will enjoy the first half more than the second one because proceedings get a little labored and convoluted in the second half, but Raghavan holds everything well in time.
What truly stands out in the flick are exemplary performances by the entire cast. From Ayushmann Khurrana to Tabu, all characters do some unbelievable stuff in the movie, but they make everything look extremely believable on screen.
The stellar performances perfectly compliment the riveting plot penned by Raghavan and his team of writers, including Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti and Yogesh Chandekar. When you see it unfold on the screen, its unconventional structure makes it very clear that you are in for a Sriram Raghavan movie.
The director deserves praises for its brilliant casting. Not only the lead actors, but the actors in the supporting cast have also given more than a hundred percent to the flick. Ayushmann Khurrana delivers such an amazing performance that should decisively put him in the bracket of the most versatile actors in Bollywood.
Tabu is outstanding. She gets one of the best-written roles of recent times and walks away with all the whistles and claps. Radhika Apte is also good, but hers is not the kind of role that you will remember for a long time.
Talking about music, Andhadhun boasts of an outstanding background score. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that in absence of its brilliant background music, Andhadhun would not have been the film that it turns out to be.
Watch Andhadhun, and I bet you won’t stop lauding the makers for making such a brilliantly conceptualized thriller that keeps shaking you up throughout. Blending thriller elements with dark humor like never before, Andhadhun satiates your hunger for a well-made suspense film in the most satisfying manner.
Banner: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Matchbox Pictures
Director: Sriram Raghavan
Cast: Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte
Music Director: Amit Trivedi, Raftaar
Duration: 139 Minutes