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Directed By: Sriram Raghavan
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte, Manav Vij, Ashwini Kalsekar, Anil dhawan
Andhadhun is the story of a piano player (blind?) who unintentionally gets entangled in a murder plot of a former movie star. The movie is inspired by the 2010 French short film L’Accordeur (The Piano Tuner). This Sriram Raghavan mystery thriller keeps you hooked on in every frame and outwits you every time you try to guess it.
Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a piano player in search for an inspiration to complete his finest melody. He meets Sophie (Radhika Apte) by accident and gets a job at her father’s cafe. To commemorate their wedding anniversary, Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan), a former movie star (delightful casting) invites Akash to his house to play for his wife Simmi (Tabu). Akash goes to Pramod’s house and unwittingly becomes a witness to the disposal of a dead body. From then onwards he becomes a part of the murder mystery where the murderer would not stop at one to escape the investigation.
Sriram Raghavan has always combined yesteryear movies’ ethos with present film-making style to give us a gleeful mix of the old and the new. In Johnny Gaddar, a character was watching Vijay Anand’s Johnny Mera Naam, Agent Vinod borrows its name from the 1977 smashing super hit starring Mahendra Sandhu. Here Anil Dhawan, star of 70’s classics plays a fictional self and takes us back in time. His is a pivotal role whose murder sets the wheels in motion. The instrumental version of Yeh jeevan hai adds to the nostalgic feel.
Simmi is a sultry siren married to Pramod- she is just too sexy, the way she cooks a crab can turn you on. She is a vixen who is defined by greed and lust. And it’s so remarkable that she remains composed yet deranged for the entire movie. Only an actor of her caliber can bring out both simultaneously.
This is Ayushmann Khurrana’s best performance, he is the main protagonist, at the center of this chaos called Andhadhun. He is an underrated actor and there are some scenes where he is just too good. In some long and silent scenes, he conveys his emotional turmoil though his expressions. Watch out for them. Radhika Apte has a brief role, would have loved to see more of her character. I also liked Manav Vij’s role as the tough cop Manohar Jawanda, who becomes the exact opposite in the vicinity of his wife Rasika (Ashwini Kalsekar).
Andhadhun is a tale of two halves, apart from the main guys, the characters introduced in the first half are completely ignored in the second. The second half starts afresh with new characters but they are not that interesting or strong. The momentum breaks but this brilliant script connects all the dots. Even the very first scene of the rabbit has an important connection at the end. Every element of the movie has important purpose and is used well.
There is a scene in Andhadhun which deserves a special mention. It is a murder scene with few words and it plays out like those Charlie Chaplin movies. The piano plays a soulful melody in the background and on the screen, in the beautifully set living room, there’s chaos. It is brilliantly scripted and shot. There were many with me who forgot that it’s a movie and were shouting for the protagonist to be careful. This scene would be a landmark scene in Bollywood and establishes the fact Sriram Raghavan is a brilliant director and Tabu a brilliant actor. The open ended fate of several protagonist including Akash at the end is clever.
Andhadhun is a must watch. It is, for me the movie of the year till now. Watch it and share your rating above.
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