Raat Akeli Hai

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Shivani Raghuvanshi.
Honey Trehan

Jatil Yadhav (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is brave cop with his beliefs in the right place. He is a little awkward when dealing with his mother (Ila Arun) who insists he should be getting married. But out on the field, he gets his job done. He is sent to investigate the gruesome killing at the village mansion. When he arrives at the crime scene, even the audience is left a little unsettled since the haveli is lit like a Diwali day, could this really be the place where someone was killed? The surprise adds when we come to know the very groom is dead. The groom is in fact the patriarch of the family, whose first wife passed away a few years ago leaving him free to take on a second wife, Radha (Radhika Apte) 

Given the haveli was packed to the gills when the murder took place, Yadhav is stumped as to how no one heard a thing. There are too many loopholes that just don’t add up. What’s worse is that no one really seems to be mourning the dead, the only grouse they have is that the deceased has left the property in Radha’s name. Everyone now thinks it is Radha who has killed the man and Jatil’s gut feeling tells us there is more to it than meets the eye. 

With his senior SSP Lalji Shukla (Tigmanshu Dhulia) at his case, and the hostile family members who seem keen to hide than help solve the case, Jatil gets more determined to get to the bottom of it all. 

The crux of the story is slightly too similar to Knives Out, a film that took Hollywood by storm, and even made waves in the international market. The screenplay seems completely inspired by Daniel Craig, Chris Evans’ film. With the mystery inspired, one cannot help but wonder if the climax will be the same too. 

For those who have not seen Knives Out, Raat Akeli Hai will be far more exciting. On Honey Trehan’s part, the man has done his best to bring the film to a nail-biting finish. The climax of Raat Akeli Hai totally takes the cake. With actors like Nawaz and Radhika Apte, the film was bound to get the acting work right. What’s amazing is how they have played with the background score (Karan Kulkarni), the lighting and the camera work (cinematographer Pankaj Kumar). Looks like Trehan’s experience with casting and assisting in films has given him the knack of picking people just perfect for the job.

The film is long, but engaging. A definite see for all thriller-mongers. 

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