Lock Down Review 8: Raat Akeli Hai
Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is known for picking up interesting stories. This time, he has chosen a crime investigative drama. Popular Bollywood casting director Honey Trehan is debuting as the director with this movie. The movie boasts of a talented star cast that has generated interest in the movie. Let us jump into the review to find out whether this crime drama is able to impress the audience or not.
Raghubeer Singh(Khalid Tyabji) is the head of a wealthy family in Kanpur. On the night of his second wedding with Radha(Radhika Apte), he gets brutally murdered in his bedroom. The higher officials hand over the responsibility of investigating the case to Inspector Jatil Yadav(Nawazuddin Siddiqui). As Jatil Yadav starts his investigation, fact starts to emerge one by one with many twists and turns. He came to know that Raghubeer Singh's first wife and driver also were murdered five years ago. Who is behind these murders? Is there any link to both incidents? This forms the rest of the story.
Nawazuddin is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. He looks natural as a small-town cop who is sincere in discharging his duties. He has delivered a superb performance again as a cop who doesn't bow down to pressures until he completes the investigation. Radhika Apte has also shown her finesse as a woman in a helpless situation. Other actors did their job perfectly well.
Sneha Khanwalkar's music suited the theme of the movie. Pankaj Kumar's cinematography is worth mentioning as he presents the townscape of Kanpur, Gwalior in a natural way. Director Honey Trehan did a fine job of maintaining the suspense till the end. Though the movie appears a bit lengthy, the twists and turns in the movie carry the interest of the audience.
Performance of the lead actors
Length of the movie
The movie made with the concept of whodunnit? The director didn't take much time to get the audience involved. He opens it with an accident cum murder scene and destroying the evidence. As soon as Raghubeer Singh's murder happens, Jatil Yadav starts his investigation. The movie has shades of Rion Johnson's 'Knives Out (2019). The proceedings are unpredictable and with his wonderful acting, Nawazuddin makes it an interesting watch.
Radhika Apte with her complex character increases the confusion among the audience to maintain suspense. These great performances are rightly supported by meaningful dialogues. When Nawazuddin's mother hears a girl saying about her son "Rang saaf nahi hai'(He is not that fair), she retorts "Par mann saaf hai"(But he is fair in his heart).
'Raat Akeli Hai' is a dark tale and raises questions on morality, patriarch society but gives a ray of hope in the system with the role of a sincere cop Jatil Yadav played by Nawazuddin. The movie also reminds us of recent 'Paatal Lok' but still, Nawazuddin pulls it off beautifully.
Gripping crime investigative drama.