Moviegoers often complain that Bollywood makes films with no mindfulness involved in it, but Andhadhun shakes this belief and keeps your brain on its toes throughout the film.
The Pune habitant Akash (Ayushmann), who is a Piano maestro and pretending to be blind, accidentally (literally) meets Sophie (Radhika Apte). Sophie recommends Akash to play the Piano in her father’s restaurant. This brings the duo closer. One day, Akash meets a veteran actor Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan) who wants to surprise his wife Simi (Tabu) on their anniversary and for that, he calls in Akash to play the instrument on the occasion. Something horrible occurs then which puts everyone into a deep trouble.
(We are so sorry for a brief storyline as we do not want to spoil the thrill you experience throughout the film.)
Screenplay and Dialogue
Penned by four writers; Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti and Yogesh Chandekar, the script is undoubtedly gripping, especially the first part and climax when you keep on wondering what is lurking behind the bush.
The second half is slightly overstretched and repetitions burden the momentum built in the first half. However, the adept narrative by Sriram Raghavan grabs the haft once again before it could glissade from his catch.
Dialogues are realistic yet influential. They add freshness to the whole conversation you witness on the screen. Worth mentioning one dialogue when Akash went to lodge an FIR regarding the murder and the way he was questioned by a policeman is really entrancing.
There is a huge scarcity of taut thriller in Bollywood, but Sriram Raghavan is there to fill the gap with his extravagant efforts. Every scene is deftly-fabricated in Andhadhun and challenges your cognizant competence to get a hold of it. He doesn’t show you much and leaves you in vacuum to understand and comprehend the rest and that is the glory of his narrative. Andhadhun establishes him in the league of top directors in the industry and this film affirms that he is the torchbearer of Noir cinema in Bollywood.
No matter how good your script is, it cannot shine until aided with some solid performances. Ayushmann surprises and affirms the belief that he can even portray such characters as well. He slips into the skin of a blind effortlessly. Tabu undoubtedly adds profundity to the character of Simi who is more inside the ground than seen. Radhika Apte fits in the role of a playful fellow pretty well.
Why Should I Watch
Such films are only for those who loves plunging into depths and definitely not for the ones who find it hard to stretch their brain a little.
Cast of Andhadhun: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte
Director of Andhadhun: Sriram Raghavan
Music Director of Andhadhun: Amit Trivedi