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AndhaDhun Movie Review: Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to this One!

AndhaDhun is the latest offering from Sriram Raghavan, whose last successful venture Badlapur kept us on edge.

This new venture also seems to follow the path of a thriller and dark-comedy.

Plus, it is wonderful to see the talented Ayushmann Khurrana as the main male lead.

Does the film live up to expectations? Filme Shilmy reviews.

What’s the film about?

Akash (Ayushman Khurrana) is a visually impaired pianist and has a dream of moving to London for a Piano competition.

For days, he tries to complete his piece and then he meets Sophia (Radhika Apte).

Sophia aids him to play at a club where he meets Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan), former star of the 70s.

Pramod invites Akash to play for his wife Simi (Tabu) on her birthday.

Meanwhile, a love story begins to develop between Akash and Sophia but it all heys complicated when he decides to go to Pramod Sinha’s house.

Unknowingly, he and Simi get involved in a crime scene.

What happens next forms the crux of AndhaDhun.

Ace Direction by Sriram Raghavan

Raghavan’s previous works like the dark films Ek Hasina Thi and Badlapur were impressive. Yet again, Sriram deserves another fine piece of cinema.

In AndhaDhun, his direction reminds one of Pedro Almodovar’s filmmaking style.

Usually, a dark/serious Almodovar film uses comedy as a coating. This is a similar case with this movie.

The comedy here is mainly situational, but it works so well. The humour is dark, situational and neatly compliments the movie’s enigmatic style.

The humour tropes here are mainly situational, but it works so well – even if it is just a dialogue!

Furthermore, despite the movie’s comical aspect, Raghavan maintains the tension brilliantly.

Unlike typical suspense, he builds it up through the acting and situation of each scene.

Whether it’s the location, characters or situations, every aspect is well planned out and developed.

Each object and character that we get acquainted with have some relevance to the film – even if it is just a rabbit by the road!

Brilliant Story & Terrific Background Music

AndhaDhun presents a very unique and intriguing story. It cannot be put into any certain bracket due to the unexpected twists and angles. 

Interestingly, the audience is unbeknownst to what will happen next. It keeps us on edge throughout and that curiosity factor remains consistent throughout.

Even the subjects discussed in the film are so gruesome and grim. But despite that, the director ensures that this bleakness does not impact the overall impact of the film.

AndhaDhun‘s atmosphere is enhanced by the terrific background score.

The music best reflects the happenings of the film. Either the music is piano, high-octane violin rhythms or tension-building 70s Bollywood music.

Plus, it is interesting to see how the music reflects the atmosphere of each sequence. The style of music for every scene is so apt.

Excellent Performances

The most amazing point about AndhaDhun is that every character has a grey shade, contributes to the narrative and each role is well-developed.

Firstly, Ayushmann Khurrana is perfectly apt for Akash’s role.

When it comes to the comedy and serious quotients, Kurrana knows how to switch swiftly and smoothly between both styles.

Undoubtedly, this ranks amongst his performances.

The real show-stealer here, though, is Tabu. She is DYNAMITE as the dark Simi Sinha.

Tabu’s expressions and body language do the talking.

If you thought she was brilliant in Haider, here performance in this movie is par excellence.

Definitely another landmark film for Tabu.

Anil Dhawan is great as a former 70s star. Though we see him very briefly, he does a fine job in the scenes that he is given.

Radhika Apte fits the bill as Akash’s love interest.

Her character almost helps to progress the narrative for us viewers. 

Manav Vij as the bad-cop is good. Not only do we see his butch outlook and serious expressions, but we also catch a glimpse of him as an ‘idol’ husband.

It is refreshing to see Ashwini Kalsekar back on celluloid.

She plays Rasika (the wife of Manav Vij) in the film. As always, Ashwini delivers a natural performance as a loud, kind-hearted wife who loves her husband blindly. 

Zakir Hussain as Swami, the corrupt doctor, is also very good.

The most interesting factor about the casting is that every character is ‘blinded’ by something – be it love, lust, money or dreams.

What’s Missing?

There are numerous positives about AndhaDhun. But like any film, this too has room for improvement.

The first half of the movie progresses at a great speed and is yet developed.

One feels that the second half could’ve been much tighter and could have done away with a medical track which was not fully required.

As a result, if this medical aspect was not included, the movie would have been much shorter and crisper.

Having said that, AndhaDhun leaves you hooked till the very end. 

Final Word

On the whole, AndhaDhun is the Bollywood film we’ve all been waiting for. It is well-crafted, has a unique concept/story which fuses comedy and suspense very neatly.

Sriram Raghavan is a maverick filmmaker and delivers yet another fantastic piece of cinema.

Don’t turn a blind eye to this! 

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5 stars)

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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