Andhadhun Review & Rating
Andhadhun Review: A Glorious Thriller That Makes Us Ask What Happens Next
Sriram Raghavan is the sort of filmmaker who delivers twist-ridden bro noirs without giving a breathing space. His latest offering Andhadhun has all the makings of a top quality thriller with dozens what happens next moments. With an actress like Tabu in the cast, he has a perfect femme fatale. A sensuous, no so young but younger than her husband in the film with a scheming mind and the brains to match the intensity of both her appearance and well... Andhadhun tells the story of a blind pianist who aims to make it to the concert in Lon one day.
Loosely based on the 2010 French short film L'Accordeur (The Piano Tuner) by Olivier Treiner, Sriram Raghavan's Andhadhun (The Blind Melody starts apparently as the search for the perfect melody by Ayushmann Khurrana's Akash. One day, he comes across a beautiful woman played by Radhika Apte, in a surprisingly straightforward role (more about it in a bit), who asks him to play piano at her restaurant. There he gets the highest tip in the history of the restaurant. His talent!!!
The joy of watching a great thriller
Part of the joy of watching a good thriller asking ourselves what happens next. Any self-respecting thriller must make the audience do it apart from making them sit at the end of their seats. Being let loose amongst a bunch of people who say one thing, do another and mean something else entirely is a priceless experience.
Almost everyone in Andhadhun fits this bill perfectly. Aakash a blind pianist in search of his perfect dhun. Pramod Sinha (in a wickedly delightful role by Anil Dhawan) a yesteryear-star married to the foxy, bored Simi (Tabu at her best). A burly policeman who specializes in being in the wrong place at the wrong time (Manav Vij in a great role). A doctor (Zakir Hussain) who promises to do good but has other motives. There’s even a little kid who’s a big crook. No one is innocent. It's all grey in varying degrees of the color. Or the lack of it.
A guest at the restaurant takes a liking to Akash’s brilliance with the piano, unwittingly setting into motion a dizzying set of plot twirls that will include money, murder and a double-cross like in any crisp pulp story. Pramod Sinha the former movie star who witnessed stardom in the 1970s now settles as a real estate dealer. He adores his much younger wife Simi. Pramod Sinha asks Akash to give Simi a surprise piano recital on their wedding anniversary. But when Akash shows up, nothing is what it seems to be. As it should be in any good thriller.
Sriram Raghavan's brilliance
It is a lot of fun watching the mystery unravel because there is no mystery at all. The director shows us who the real killer is and his motive for the killing. The body count reaches the maximum by the time the film heads for the climax. With perfect timing in introducing characters in the scenes, he makes us forget everything else except the film itself.
What would you do if you find out that a crooked doctor is adamant on stealing your kidney, or you meet an investigating officer who is also the prime suspect of the same case? You’ll be confronted with such bizarre situations every few minutes in AndhaDhun, which flows like a breezy Beethoven composition and reminds us of another foreign thriller where music plays an important role.
It is probably also the kind of film which may grow on you with the passage of time. The audacity of Sriram Raghavan’s vision and the intricacies of the screenplay he cooked up would come back to you in their complete glory only when you acknowledge his understanding of the story thread and the psychological depths of tragically amoral people.
Ayushmann Khurrana is brilliant in his role. His variations of expressions and the wide range of minute details he injects into his act make the character the best he has played till now. It is proven beyond doubt with Andhadhun that it takes a director like Sriram Raghavan to utilize Tabu's range in a film these days. She was at her absolute best as the femme fatale. And she has the sensuousness apart from the dangerous air. She looks vulnerable too. Many shades and many laters. expertly unfolded both by the actress and the director.
As for the rest, Radhika Apte is a surprise packet in the film by playing such a simple role with minimal development. Sairat fame Chaya Kadam and Ashwini Kalsekar leave an impact. Yesteryear actor Anil Dhawan makes a memorable appearance as the yesteryear star. There are several nods to the good old '70s like the hero singing while playing the piano.
Coming to the music, Amit Trivedi’s score gives a haunting edge to the film. The interesting background score adds a perfect but anonymous layer to the proceedings. The cinematography by K. U. Mohanan lends the required atmosphere for this noir comedy. The writing by Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti, and Yogesh Chandekar gives lessons in thriller writing. There are a couple of moments where the graph falls in the second half after an absolutely perfect first half but the writers and in turn the director lift the proceedings with another twist.
All in all, Andhadhun is a good advertisement for Bollywood thrillers when regional cinema is doling out gems like Kolamavu Kokila, Imaikkaa Nodigal, Goodachari, and Ratsasan (which incidentally releases today). Andhadhun's impact lies in Sriram Raghavan's precocity. And the way he used his actors as props in telling the story and the detailing in creating atmosphere. Rest fall in the line. Go and watch this film even if you are not a thriller buff. Andhadhun is pulp fiction at its best. You cannot afford to miss it in theatres and watching it in the atmosphere.
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Once every few years there comes a film that makes the viewers forget everything and get spellbound by it. Sriram Raghavan who had made very few films in his career is known as the master of thrillers proved that once again. With a terrific cast and top class crew at his disposal, Sriram Raghavan delivered the best Indian thriller in a long time. Andhadhun is not for everybody. But for those who can stomach it, it is the film to watch at any cost. You will ask what happens next like every 5 minutes and you will be outguessed at every instance by the director. A genuinely great film. A film to savour by the Indian audience
Andhadhun features the very talented Ayushmann Khurana and Radhika Apte in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Sri Ram Raghavan who has earned his own fan base with interesting films like Badlapur. The film is all set for a grand release on October 5th and is carrying a great pre-release buzz. The trailer has connected well with its target audience and peeked up their interest. Here are some of the Tweets from a special premiere show of Andhadhun.
Sri Ram Raghavan is being praised by celebs for his work in Andhadhun and for etching out an edge-of-the-seat thriller which has some of the best performances from its lead cast. The characters of the film are said to be very unique in the typical style of Sri Ram Raghavan and the way he has written them is said to be one major reason why this thriller stands out. The screenplay is said to be water-tight with a gripping narration throughout. Check out the latest audience response for Andhadhun.
Ayushmann Khurana has become one of the bankable young actors of Bollywood who never fails to impress the audience. He seems to be exceptionally brilliant in playing the role of a blind man to perfection. Radhika Apte too seems to have given a noteworthy performance like she does most of the times. But, the surprise package seems to be Tabu who has been selecting very different roles in the recent past. The audience are going crazy for her performance in Andhadhun.
Famous celebrities like Hansal Mehta, Shashank Khaitan, Vicky Kaushal etc are expressing their thoughts on the film and are suggesting to watch this movie in the theatres. Andhadhun seems to be one of the best thrillers of Bollywood in the recent times where every actor and technician have excelled. Check out more public talk and live updates of Andhadhun below.
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