Andhadhun Review: Sriram Raghavan’s gritty writing and direction gives the film a different level altogether!
- Authors: Sandip Pal (Editorial Team)
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte, Ashwini Kalsekar, Zakir Hussain
Director: Sriram Raghavan
My Verdict: Ayushmann-Radhika are excellent, Tabu is MINDBLOWING; the Piano pieces were a sheer treat to listen to
4 out of 5 stars
A 2010 French 13 minuter titled L’accordeur (The Piano Tuner) directed by Oliver Treiner was about a killer’s self-preservation instinct which causes him to be oblivious to the possibility of the witness being clear-eyed! This little but a very significant aspect was taken into consideration and an entire film was made out of it! That in itself is praiseworthy and writer-director Sriram Raghavan deserves all the applause. The aforementioned film can be easily viewed on the internet if you choose to, not that it would strip you off the pleasure of watching Andhadhun!
This is one of those rare films in which the writing and acting take centre stage, after all, the numerous ups and downs, twists and turns could be incorporated when the actors have immense faith in the milieu that they are going to be part of.
Andhadhun begins with an “Andhadhun” gunshot at a rabbit post which the film takes you to the past occurences! Akash (Ayushmann Khurana) is a man in his early thirties who pretends to be blind and play the piano because he is somehow filled up with the idea that any form of disability sharpens the creative mind. He meets Sophie (Radhika Apte) who is a free-spirited girl in her late twenties who in a way, kind of reinstates an idea that is perhaps deeply ingrained in him: Incompleteness is at times better than the entire. That’s how certain things are better incomplete! This draws him towards her! And then there is the voluptuous lady called Simi (Tabu) whose ambition to make it big on the silverscreen has led her to get married to the much older forgotten film star Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan). All these random characters are caught up in the mesh of what is a lickety-split black-humoured film. Desultory circumstances and exigencies that happen out of the blue, the fact that people tend to let their guard down in front of those who cannot see or hear, the fact that sometimes when one is scared it appears as though he or she is guilty of more than what they have done – all of these intense psychological layers have been toyed with and how!
The story by Hemanth Rao and Sriram Raghavan and the absolutely nail-biting screenplay by the latter and Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti (also the film’s editor) and Yogesh Chanderkar are the backbone of the film.
Ayushmann is at his best, his portrayal of the pianist Akash who initially pretends but gets permanently blind eventually is to watch out for. He very easily is able to convey all the shades of his character. The fact that his character is blind nowhere overshadows the amorality or his aspirations.
Radhika Apte doesn’t have much screen time but she manages to convey the innocence coupled with a frank attitude with an adeptness only she is capable of!
But all pervading is the one and only TABU! – Oh my god! What do I even have to say about this immense bucket of talent? She is just too good as she has always been! She plays the woman with many faces, her ability to transform from one emotion to the other in an instant almost gives you goosebumps! She is the nasty, disgraceful, despicable lady who somewhere still retains the vulnerability of a human being! Having said that, the casualness with which she talks about the most depraved of things will make you laugh!
Another character that needs must be talked about is the background score by Daniel B George and the beautiful sound design by Madhu Apsara. It retains the suspense, the feeling of something nasty and yet the relaxed manner of the proceedings! The piano pieces were LOVELY! There are barely any film in which an instrument and it’s music has played such an important role. The soundtrack composed by Amit Trivedi was a good job done but nothing excellent. Ku Mohanan’s camerawork also needs a special mention especially because of the way he wields the camera to showcase a hide and seek game of sorts that doesn’t lay bare in front of you till the last frame!
There are other films playing in the theatres this weekend but we would suggest you to go for Andhadhun because, a film like this never quite happens everyday and make sure you don’t miss a minute. You’ll get to know why when you watch the film!
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