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Raat Akeli Hai movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s knives are out in Netflix’s nail-biting murder mystery

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Raat Akeli Hai
Director – Honey Trehan
Cast – Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shweta Tripathi, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Nishant Dahiya, Ila Arun, Swanand Kirkire, Aditya Srivastava

The ‘chhuris’ are out in Raat Akeli Hai, a homegrown murder mystery on Netflix that doubles as an impressive directorial debut for Bollywood casting director Honey Trehan. It’s the rare mainstream Indian film that doesn’t seem to be in a rush to tell its story, and earns its daunting two-and-a-half hour runtime — deviating from the primary plot when it wants to, and fleshing out its archetypal characters with care.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, as Inspector Jatil Yadav, would be glad to ditch the gangster garb for a cop’s khaki, if only to reprimand journalists who keep asking him if he’s been typecast.

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When Raghuveer Singh, the rich patriarch of a landowning Uttar Pradesh family is found dead in his bedroom, Jatil is sent to investigate. Affecting the dignified manner of Hercule Poirot and Benoit Blanc, he paces about the house, observing the crime scene with clinical passivity and sizing up each member of the family. It is soon clear to Jatil (and us) that they are all hiding something; they all have reasons to kill the old man.

Having understood this, Jatil gathers the family in the courtyard and says, almost as a threat, “Aap sabko hum ek baat bata rahe hain. Yahan jo kaand hue hai na, hum karenge uski jaanch.” And once again, Nawazuddin rises above his diminutive physical stature to deliver a performance that positively demands attention.

Jatil is an interesting character, given a chip on his shoulder by Nawaz. In the tradition of fine fictional detectives, he is quite the blank canvas. His sincerity is unquestionable, even in the face of corruption and red-tape. At every turn, he is met with hurdles, sometimes in the form of his uncooperative superior, and on other occasions a local politician known as Munna Raja. Like the recent series Paatal Lok, Raat Akeli Hai also subscribes to the age-old cinematic trope that for a crime to be solved, the detective must first be suspended from duty.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Raat Akeli Hai.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Raat Akeli Hai.

Trehan does the intelligent thing and surrounds himself with impeccably talented artists on his first film. Everyone, from Nawaz and the ensemble — Shweta Tripathi and Tigmanshu Dhulia are standouts — to the cinematographer Pankaj Kumar (Talvar, Tumbbad) and writer Smita Singh (Sacred Games), appear to be working in comfortable collaboration to serve a shared vision. Perhaps because of his experience in casting, Trehan is aware that he must not fall into the same trap that has consumed earlier murder mysteries: telegraphing the identity of the killer by hiring an actor who sticks out like a South Delhi boy in a Gurugram bar.

Even Knives Out, a film with which Raat Akeli Hai shares its DNA, couldn’t avoid this. The moment Chris Evans stepped up in the second half, you knew something was up. But by casting actors of equal skill and popularity to play the members of Raghuveer Singh’s family, as a viewer, you’re constantly guessing, and mostly guessing wrong.

Unfortunately for Raat Akeli Hai, it arrives mere months after director Rian Johnson’s Oscar nominated film, which raised the bar considerably for locked room murder mysteries, and will, at least for the time being, be considered the benchmark for this sort of story. Not merely content with having crafted an intricate yarn, Johnson through his film made keen socio-political observations as well.

Aditya Srivastava, Shweta Tripathi, Shivani Raghuvanshi,  and others in a still from Raat Akeli Hai.

Aditya Srivastava, Shweta Tripathi, Shivani Raghuvanshi, and others in a still from Raat Akeli Hai.

Raat Akeli Hai is more old-school in its approach; perfectly happy to play around with genre conventions without feeling pressured to make any grand statements about class or patriarchy in cow-belt India.

Also read: Murder on the Orient Express movie review: Agatha Christie done right; even dead Johnny Depp can’t derail it

As fun as the film is, it can’t help but come across as a wasted opportunity in this regard. Singh’s screenplay sets the stage for subversion, but concludes rather clumsily. A romantic subplot involving Jatil and the old man’s mistress feels tangential, and serves only as additional motivation for a man who doesn’t really need any. Played by Radhika Apte, Radha, the ‘rakhael’, is an enigma of a character, no doubt modelled after classic film noir femme fatales, but regrettably reduced to nothing more than a damsel in distress.

As a first film, however, Raat Akeli Hai is quite the achievement. Trehan not only has a skill for directing actors, but also displays a command over tone and visual texture. Surely this is the beginning of a bright new franchise?

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Gaurav Chopra’s adorable lullaby for his little prince will leave you emotional

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Gaurav Chopra and wife Hitisha Cheranda welcomed a baby boy on September 12 in Bengaluru. He has been sharing a lot of pictures with his baby boy and it’s super cute. However, recently he shared a video of himself holding his little prince and singing an adorable lullaby for him. Gaurav Chopra had lost both his parents recently but he became a father as well during this time. The actor is thankful to God for this gift but also misses his parents. Along with his video, Gaurav also penned down a long note where he spoke about embracing fatherhood and also remembered his father. He wrote, “Both of us are two weeks old today … Our #princeChopra and me , the infant #daddy ..both learning .. this is the #lori I sing to him ..he’s kind enough to ignore the lack of rhythm and tune .. and falls asleep each time … sometimes both the infants : him and me fall asleep ..he loves to wriggle and snuggle into my neck ..” Also Read – Gaurav Chopra’s adorable lullaby for his little prince will leave you emotional

“Had mentioned this song in a previous post .. had improvised this for a scene in #uttaran , its originally from #kabhikabhie ..Hope you’re kind enough to ignore the besuri singing as well..??? Tomorrow it shall be a month to my father passing away …While I take baby steps to become a daddy ,he guides and mentors me from within .. If only …Sending out love and wishes and asking for blessings ,like always …” Take a look at his post here: Also Read – Gaurav Chopra shares the FIRST picture of his baby boy, and it’s super cute!

Gaurav Chopra spoke about the feeling of becoming a father for the first time in an interview with Bombay Times. He said, “I am so happy that we have got the baby home now. Hitisha, her parents, grandmother and I take turns to look after him. Hitisha’s friends, and my brother and bhabhi decorated the entire house when we brought him home from the hospital. It was an emotional moment and I missed my mother the most. She would have been ecstatic if she were here to see her grandson.” Also Read – Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, Nia Sharma, Bigg Boss 14 — here are the TV newsmakers of the week

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Mandar Chandwadkar aka Mr. Bhide’s social media account gets hacked

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SAB TV’s popular and longest show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is riding the success high as it recently completed 3000 episodes. The show is a nation wide success and there’s no one who doesn’t know the characters of the show. But recently one of the popular characters of the show Mr. Atmaram Bhide played by Mandar Chandwadkar’s social media account was hacked. He took Palak Sindhwani aka Sonu’s social media account to make the announcement to his fans and followers.

Palak who play Mr. Bhide’s daughter Sonu posted the video informing everyone about Mandar’s account getting hacked. She also wrote, “*URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT**Hello, everyone, This is to inform you that I’m not operating my Instagram id since last 4 days , I.e., @realmandarchandwadkar so if anybody is receiving messages from my id, consider that it’s been hacked, please spread the word! I’ll inform you once I’ll get access to my Instagram id, till then take care, I’ll update you all soon.

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Ishq Mein Marjawan 2 29th September 2020 Written Episode Update

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Ishq Mein Marjawan 2 29th September 2020 Episode starts with Riddhima checking the teddy. Vansh comes and says did you see Ishani, she isn’t in her room. Ishani thinks I may get caught. Vansh sees the teddy and says Ishani, come out. Aryan worries. Ishani comes out. Everyone comes out. Vansh scolds Aryan. Aryan asks why do you always accuse me, I gifted her the teddy, I didn’t know she will do this, maybe Riddhima has helped Ishani escape. Vansh says because I know Riddhima can never do this, I reached your room and got your blank cheque, why did Ishani give this to you. Dadi slaps Aryan.

She says you were making Ishani run away, why are you taking revenge, I would have ousted you from the house. Vansh asks her to calm down. He says you would have ruined our family respect, its good Riddhima saw you and stopped, go and get ready, its time for the rounds. Ishani sits in the mandap.

Vansh asks Riddhima to have juice, she didn’t have anything since morning. She asks did you know. He nods. She thanks him. He says let me thank you, you saved my life and today my respect, I would have lost Ishani today, its my mistake, I failed to keep an eye on her, thank you so much, why do you look so worried, is everything fine, I don’t believe in keeping favors. She recalls everything and says I wanted to tell you something, about my past, when I was out of the house…. before marriage… Vansh stops her. Ye pyaar hai…plays….

Vansh says it was your past, we are married now, we are together and it matters to me, you also learn to live in present, you will be happy. Pandit says its time for kanyadaan. Dadi says Ishani’s dad isn’t alive, Vansh and Riddhima will do the kanyadaan. Ishani thinks I will ignite fire in your life. Pandit says Riddhima didn’t wear any suhaag sign. Riddhima says sorry, I forgot to wear it. Vansh says its fine. He takes the sindoor and fills in her maang. Kabir and Anupriya look on. Kabir says so much happened and its not affecting her, how. Vansh makes Riddhima wear the mangalsutra.

Pandit does tilak to him and gives the gathbandhan cloth. Vansh and Riddhima tie the gathbandhan cloth for Ishani and Angre. Riddhima recalls his words. She recalls their marriage. Ishani and Angre take the wedding rounds. They perform the rituals. Vansh sees Riddhima. Anupriya says I think Riddhima forgot the past and moved on, she has fallen for Vansh, what will we do now. Kabir says my pawn has gone blind in love, she has to come back to me at any cost. He vents anger on himself. Riddhima asks Dadi not to worry. They see Vansh shouting on the call. Vansh says you should send the file to Khurana by tomorrow. He goes. Riddhima says he looks worried. Dadi says he stays angry when he is hungry, it was Ishani’s marriage, he didn’t find time to have anything, did you have anything, you both are same, like kids, caterers would have gone, wait, I will make something. Riddhima says I will cook something for us, don’t worry. Kabir says time has come…. He gets angry.

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