02 Aug 2020
'Raat Akeli Hai': Netflix hits bull's eye with this thriller
Written byShubham Dasgupta
At a time when fun-starved movie buffs rush to read the synopsis to decide if the movie is worth watching, it's worthwhile to start talking about the title itself.
Inspired by Asha Bhosle's famous song from Jewel Thief, the suspenseful title eggs the viewers on to look for more.
And, the film does justice to that.
Know the cast and crew of 'Raat Akeli Hai'
Released on July 31, Raat Akeli Hai has a very promising cast comprising Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Ila Arun, Shweta Tripathi, Aditya Srivastava, Shivani Raghuvanshi, and Netflix's favorite Radhika Apte among others.
Written by Smita Singh, this is the directorial debut of casting director Honey Trehan, known for Maqbool, Omkara, Kaminey, Delhi Belly, and Udta Punjab.
Ronnie Screwvala and Abhishek Chaubey are its producers.
Mystery breeds and sustains remarkably
The film starts at night showing a deserted highway.
A car whizzes past an almost non-existent truck until its engine chugs in with menacing headlights.
It crashes, two people are killed and their bodies dumped in a tannery.
Five years later, an old man is murdered soon after marrying a woman of dubious background and sub-inspector Jatil Yadav (Siddiqui) is on the case.
When mystery blends with drama
The mysterious environment often humors with a realistic depiction of a bachelor policeman's life.
Jatil was, in fact, Jatin, until his mother's spelling error in his school exam documents "complicated" everything.
Arun, who plays Jatil's mother and is a widow, is hell-bent on finding a bride for him.
However, Jatil falls for Apte, the widow of the old man who used to exploit women.
The cast brings out the best in the film
Siddiqui as a policeman looks and behaves quite similar to his role in Kahaani.
But underneath his predatory persistence for leads, he struggles to save Apte, his ladylove, whom everyone blames for murdering her man.
Apte plays her part just right.
Tripathi also supports the plot effortlessly while Raghuvanshi, in her brief yet key role, does great.
Dhulia and Srivastava balance the thrill commendably.
The film keeps you on your toes
A whodunit peppered with shocks satisfyingly, Raat Akeli Hai packs in sufficient helpings of drama and romance.
Singh's storyline fails your hypotheses at every twist and turn, while Trehan's direction never bores you for a second.
DoP Pankaj Kumar does a swell job, too.
The songs by composer Sneha Khanwalkar, however, are lackluster and interfere with the pace of the film.
A very good show from Netflix
Raat Akeli Hai is a very good one-time watch.
Yet, one can go back to it just for the awesome storyline.
Thrillers set in the rustic and ruthless suburbs of the Indian Hindi community have made a genre of their own and this film is undoubtedly a noteworthy addition to it.
All in all, fans should be happy about this thriller from Netflix.