Sunday, August 9, 2020

RAAT AKELI HAI (2020)

 Whodunit thriller but missed being engaging in a few parts.

 My VR Critique Meter: ½

 

  • Released Date: 31st July 2020
  • Language: Hindi
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, Crime.
  • Runtime: 149mins
  • Streaming Portal: Netflix

 

Raat Akeli Hai (The night is alone) is released on Netflix as an exclusive premiere movie on 31st July 2020, the movie has received many good responses in social media. I got time to watch the movie yesterday as “Friday Premiere” along with my better half. I am a great fan of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s realistic acting towards the character, the way he immersed himself as the character was really mesmerizing. We started the movie with a proper setup of snacks and eatables as the movie was almost 2.2hrs. The movie is a noir Whodunit mystery crime.

 

Raat Akeli Hai is spinning in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow, where an old aged, stronghold business man Raghubeer Singh was mysteriously shot and beaten killed on his second wedding night in his house. Inspector Jatil Yadav (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), A honest and conceited single cop who is the only single in his entire team, His mother is sincerely searching for a bride. He was asked to handle the murder case of Raghubeer Singh, he continued to do the investigation from the victim’s family and derives to the conclusion that the killer is from the house. It is a big bungalow, the victim’s first wife died in an accident, Raghuveer is having a daughter Karuna Singh and a son. Raghuveer Singh married Radha (Radhika Apte) as his second wife. Radha came from a rebel family; she was forced to marry him as her father sold her for money. Raghuveer is having a sister Pramila Singh (Padmavati Rao) who shows mystery all the time, she has a son Vikram Singh (Nishant Dahiya) who takes care of the business of Raghubeer Singh, and her daughter Vasudha Singh (Shivani Raghuvanshi). Chunni (Riya Shukla), she works as a maid for generations for the family. Finally, Munna Raja (Aditya Srivastav), Independent MLA of the constituency and has strong influences of both ruling and the opposition party, A well-wisher to Raghubeer Singh’s family.

 

The flick is starting with a usual strategy of crime and mystery genre where there was a brutal killing of a lady and her driver in a car by a local hitman, His face was shown which means the director wants us to remember his face. The story took to after five years, again the killing of a high-profile businessman Raghubeer Singh who was brutally killed on his wedding night. In the next scene, we can able to untwine that the lady who was killed in the first scene was Raghubeer’s first wife and the driver was Chunni’s father. Who killed Raghubeer Singh and Why? Also, does the same person who killed Raghubeer’s first wife-killer killed him as well? The entire flick goes with a twist and turns on finding the killer.

 

The first 40mins of the screenplay had a speed of chasing the killer through Investigations, uncovering masks of each one’s secrets which went paced out until the climax turned out. The acting of Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a police cop, faceting himself as an honest cop was realistic, the way he shows a soft corner towards Radhika Apte, strongly believes her that she is not the killer even his fellow officers believes. He outbraves to his seniors and the politician when they wanted him to close the case by charging on Radha. Radhika Apte: She has done her part very well. The rest of the characters like a newly wedded colleague, Vasudha Singh's character was appreciable.

 

 

The writer and director contrived this movie to be a Noir genre, hence they tried to add the characters and the plots based on that which actually shown very subtle and great. The visualizations were eye-catchy from the start to the end of the movie. The songs were not appropriate to the screenplay and the background score was plausible.

 

Overall, the movie tried to go deep but bounced back with few of the boredom scenes.  If the movie had a runtime of 90 to 120 mins, surely this will be wonderful Whodunit.

 

My VR Critique Meter: ½

  • Interesting meter: ½
  • Engaging Meter: ½
  • Visualizations:
  • Casting & Acting: ½
  • Music and Background score:

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