Andhadhun review: Intelligently mounted with unexpected twists
A film worth your ticket price
Critic's Rating: 4/5
Thursday 4 October 2018
Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte, Zakhir Hussain, Ashwini Kalsekar, Manav Vij, Chaya Kadam, Anil Dhawan, Gopal K. Singh
Director Sriram Raghavan's Andhadhun is a taut, skillful and surgically effective murder mystery. It is the story of a man who finds himself trapped in a surrealistic nightmare.
Paying tribute to yesteryear's musical programmes Chitrahaar and Chayageet, the story's setup is more entertaining than the payoff; as Alfred Hitchcock observed, suspense plays better than action and the film delivers, right up till the final moment.
For most of its length, Andhadhun functions so efficiently that we put the cause and its effects on hold and go with the action. Set in Pune, the plot despite being predictable at times, unravels like a page turning novel with twists at every junction as the thrill is in its suspense.
Also, the humour is well-balanced. It flows naturally in this thriller. The offbeat one liners like, "invisible tension mujhe suit nahin karta, pimple ate hain face pe" or when the terrified inspector tells his wife, "I love you only, jaanu" is what keeps you in splits.
The characters are interesting and astutely crafted. As victim of circumstances, Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu, are both convincing. Tabu, as the dogged and ruthless Simi, in a noire avatar is a delight to watch. Her's is a character that has never been witnessed on the Indian screen before.
Ayushmann hits the bulls-eye as Akash, the blind music enthusiast trying to concentrate and be focussed in order to get some inspiration to create good music. You don't empathise with him when he gets roped into the murder of Pramod Sinha an acquaintance who he meets at Franco's, an upscale restaurant, where he plays the piano, instead you gape at the screen with your jaws wide apart, keen to know what's next?
Anil Dhawan as the faded star, Pramod Sinha who is married to a much younger Simi, is a bit pigeon-holed and their "third wedding anniversary surprise" is a bit predictable.
Radhika Apte as Akash's love interest Sophie delivers efficiently with a very obligatory performance.
Manav Vij as the police inspector and Ashwini Kalsekar as his wife, Zakir Hussain as the unscrupulous Dr. Swami and Chaya Kadam along with the character Suraj as opportunist taking advantage of the situation, add strength to the zesty plot.
With ace production qualities the film is astutely mounted. Music is an integral part of the narrative and old songs mesh seamlessly in the narrative. Of the original track the song, "Oh Bhai re", sounds abrupt, forced and an aberration in the narrative.
The camera work and editing are flawless. The first scene where the hunter is chasing the hare in a cabbage field is intelligently integrated into the narrative and that is when the brilliance of the Director and his team, hits you.
Overall, Andhadhun is a film worth your ticket price.
Andhadhun review: 4 Stars
Reactions from Social Media
Shashank khaitan @ShashankKhaitan
#Andhadhun is the most brilliant film ever ... its just genius storytelling ... its thrilling, full of suspense and supremely funny ... its cinema at its best ... love love loved it ... #SriramRaghavan thank you for this ... @ayushmannk @tabuism @radhika_apte are all brilliant...
Vicky Kaushal @vickykaushal09
#AndhaDhun an amazing edge of the seat thriller with its knockout funny moments. Brilliantly shot, incredible editing, super effective bgm... top class on all levels! So blown away
Hansal Mehta @mehtahansal
The edit and screenplay are like a lesson in lean and mean storytelling. The use of music is reminiscent of masters like Raj Khosla. Had so much fun after ages. Just terrific #AndhaDhun
Anand Tiwari @anandntiwari
#SriramRaghavan 's #AndhaDhun is the best film of the yr for me till now.His direction is awe and drool worthy.@ayushmannk wat a performance! u, #tabu ji @radhika_apte had me at the edge of the seat thru the film.plp pls go catch it 1st day 1st show.u have seen nothing like this!
Renuka Vyavahare @renukaVyavahare
Sriram Raghavan is the undisputed king of twisty neo-noir. Was blown away by #AndhaDhun
Mayank Malik @ModernDayFreud
#AndhaDhun might potentially change the way we might look at 2018 in terms of Bollywood.