Identical to the title, the movie too, begins on a lonely evening. The piercing headlights of a automobile on a darkish freeway offer you a touch that an omnious occasion is about to unfold. Inside couple of minutes, a brutal crime is dedicated. Nevertheless, the cover-up leaves behind just a few traces, hinting that the buried secret is only the start of ‘one thing darkish’.
5 years later, Raghuveer Singh, the wealthy patriarch of a ‘Thakur’ household is discovered useless in his bed room on his marriage ceremony day. His head, all bloody, factors out that the killer had a motive. Enter the investigating police officer, Jatil Yadav (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). We’re later informed that his unusual first title is due to a clerical error on his faculty certificates.
Talking concerning the crime, the needle of suspicion factors at each member of the family, since every of them have a darkish previous and their very own causes to kill the outdated man. Because the investigation progresses, Jatil steps into the murky waters, solely to understand that there is extra to this that meets the attention.
At one level when Jatil asks a suspect who is perhaps the killer, the latter quips, “Koi bhi ho sakta hai – humse zyada himmatwala, humse zyada trast. Par aise kisi ko hum toh nahi jaante.” The cop rolls up his sleeve, much more decided to reveal the offender.
Honey Trehan makes a powerful directorial debut with Raat Akeli Hai. Along with Sacred Video games co-writer Smita Singh, he crafts an fascinating suspense thriller. At occasions, the movie does take assist of cinematic troupes, however Trehan and Singh’s layered writing shapes it into a special mould. Additionally, a hat tip to Trehan for his spot-on casting.
On the flip aspect, the director takes his personal candy time to inform his story, because of which, the slow-paced narrative finally ends up diluting few thrills.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, as Inspector Jatil Yadav is in a solid-form. He digs his tooth deep into his character of a cop hell-bent on fixing a case. However Siddiqui’s Jatil is a person together with his personal set of flaws, and that makes him extra relatable. Radhika Apte lends a mysterious contact to the movie together with her character Radha who has a tragic previous. Shweta Tripathi and Shivani Raghuvanshi stand robust of their respective roles. The remainder of the forged together with Aditya Srivastava, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nishant Dahiya, Swanand Kirkire and Ria Shukla lend a robust assist to the movie.
Pankaj Kumar’s camerawork and wealthy shade scheme provides extra drama and stress to the whodunnit. Sreekar Prasad’s taut enhancing covers up the bloated screenplay and thus, much less injury is finished.
Somewhat than as a standalone music album, the songs of Raat Akeli Hai are simpler in taking the narrative ahead and expressing the temper of the scene.
Honey Trehan’s directorial debut Raat Akeli Hai is a slow-simmer with well-crafted performances and wealthy frames. In one of many scenes, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s character says, “Naam yaad rakhayega, Inspector Jatil Yadav.” Nicely, his cop act does linger with you even put up the tip credit!
We give Three stars out of 5 for Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Radhika Apte’s Raat Akeli Hai.
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