Movie:- Raat Akeli Hai
Director:- Honey Trehan
Cast:- Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi, Aditya Shrivastava
Released in Netflix
A murder, too many suspects & an investigating officer- with all the necessary ingredients, crime detection movie Raat Akeli Hai released on the Netflix web platform. Its ‘locked room mystery’ concept reminds us of the famous Agatha Christie novel, ‘Knives Out’. This film is just not a ‘who done it’ type crime detection movie but very much a social film in the wrap of crime-thrill-detection, revealing a story of violence against women.
The movie starts with a double murder in Highway. A truck smashed out a car. An injured woman is trying to come out from that smashed rolled over the car & then truck driver chopped her throat down. The story moves on 5 years and we found a very influential person in Kanpur Raghubir Singh, assassinated on the very night of his marriage. Raghubir Singh’s kept Radha (Radhika Apte) was the bride. Inspector Jatil Yadav (Nawazuddin Siddique) gets entry to investigate.
Here Jatil Singh is not only the name of the investigating officer but overall the journey is jatil’ (complex) also. Underneath the murder mysteries, the story reveals to us not only the exploitation of women in a patriarchal society but also the peculiar mindset of the same society where a man believes fairness cream can help him to get the desired bride. That is why a crime thriller unveils to us not only the culprits but the psychology of different humans & society too.
Director Honey Trehan was the casting director of Vishal Bhardwaj before and Assistant Director of Abhishek Dubey also. Hence their influence – exploring dark humor in society, is found here. The cinematography, Lighting, color palate is extraordinary. The camera work is creative, the use of the Poly-Sound effect is interesting; the scenes did not end but the background music changes to connect with the next scene- that is splendid.
As the pattern of the film demands, the run-time of the film is too lengthy, hence sometimes not so engaging though it is must in crime-thriller. The climax scene is interesting but can be approached more engagingly & rationally. Actually in the way of depicting characters, the tight engaging treatment of crime-thriller movie slips up a little bit.
Nawazuddin Siddique is just outstanding but Radhika Apte also does so; in some scenes, her screen presence seems to push him indeed. Another outstanding performer is Sweta Tripathi. The most underrated actor of Bollywood Aditya Shrivastava showed his class here too. Other actors like Ila Arun, Swanand Kirkire, Shivani Raghuvanshi & Tigmanshu Dhullia did very much justice with their roles.