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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.

Watch the Raat Akeli Hai trailer here 

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.

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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Sushant Singh Rajput case: The actor’s diary shows he wished for an entry in Hollywood in 2020

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s case is getting murkier every passing day but they are still no closer to the truth. Various possible aspects of the late actor’s demise have been coming to light in the past few days which is just like adding fuel to the burning fire of justice within his fans’ hearts. Sushant Singh Rajput had allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling of his bedroom. However, certain theories suggest otherwise, for example, Sushant’s height. It was reported that the doctors that Sushant consulted had diagnosed him with bipolar which his fans refuse to believe. On the other hand, Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister, Shweta Singh Kirti had shared a whiteboard in which the actor had written his plans for June 2020 end. He had planned to try out a new form of meditation. All these things point to one thing, that the actor couldn’t have taken his life. Also Read – Trending Entertainment News Today – Kareena and Saif to become parents again, Sushant’s family says they are being threatened

Now, there are more reports claiming that proves this theory. As per the latest report in CNNNews18, Sushant Singh Rajput’s diary revealed that he had plans to enter into Hollywood in 2020. The news channel accesses the late Dil Bechara actor’s diary which stated that the actor had some cool plans for 2020. Prabhakar, the journalist who joined the discussion said that the actor was in the right frame of mind. He highlighted the way the actor had written the hid diary saying that it is written in an organised manner and after having a good introspection. The diary revealed that he had plans to enter Hollywood and the actor had been keeping in touch with a few people from the Hollywood industry as well. He was in contact with one of the top agencies in Hollywood. Also Read – Disha Salian’s post mortem report rebukes former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane’s claims; no sexual assault declared

This certainly dismisses the claims that he was unstable or that he was on medication. However, the diary did not have any mention of Rhea Chakraborty or his family. The timeline of these entries could not be ascertained as the date has not been mentioned. However, they guessed that it could have been written in later 2019. The diary also stated that he planned to enter into production and build a core team to understand the cinema and educate. Also Read – Sushant Singh Rajput case: Actor’s family lawyer alleges that Siddharth Pithani has been helping Rhea Chakraborty; says, ‘He is an intelligent criminal’

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Ishq Mein Marjawan 2 13th August 2020 Episode starts with Vansh asking will we both be comfortable on this sofa. Riddhima says its not a normal marriage, I can’t share the bed with you. He goes towards her. He says you are forgetting that I m Vansh Raisinghania. She pushes him away. Ishq mein marjawa….plays….. She says your rules and force will work on others, not me. He asks what force, I was just taking this sheets, I don’t have a habit to make my bed, so thanks, I also don’t share my bed with any stranger. He goes.

She occupies the bed. Vansh says thorough gentleman, you see. She goes to sleep. She turns away. He sleeps. She thinks this night is every girl’s dream, I m with someone for the one whom I loved, what’s there for me, just a lot of pain. Kabir is upset. Sid comes and says sorry Sir, I know you are going through a lot of pain, you couldn’t save her, you lost her. Kabir says no, I don’t believe this marriage, its just a part of mission, she is doing what I told her. Riddhima says Vansh will get punished for his mistake, I dreamt of my marriage, I promise Kabir, Vansh will be under arrest soon.

Its morning, Riddhima takes a bath and comes. She dries her hair. She thinks it will be a new start. She gets ready. Vansh wakes up and comes to help her. She says I will manage, what are you doing. He steps away. He says I will be with you like a shadow. He goes. She says I think I got Shera, I would have been with Kabir now, but your end is close. Riddhima prays. Dadi asks Vansh won’t he take elders’ blessings. Riddhima sees him. They take Dadi’s blessings. Anupriya says mom’s blessing means blessing of entire house. Dadi asks Vansh to make Riddhima wear the ancestral bangle. Riddhima says its not needed. Dadi says its our rituals. Vansh makes her wear bangles. Dadi says its your first day, its Janmashtami, I have made butter for Kanha. Riddhima says it looks like you like this festival a lot. Dadi says a lot, I wish to have bhajan and Rasleela, but it doesn’t happen these days, you will make kheer for Kanha and Vansh, right. Riddhima says I didn’t make kheer before, I won’t know it.

Anupriya says you have become bahu of this house, why to get scared of little things, come. Dadi asks her to take Riddhima to kitchen. Anupriya says I may never give you a place of my bahu, but I trust Vansh’s decision, I can’t tolerate anyone breaking his trust, D’souza will help you. Ishani asks Riddhima to make kheer alone. Riddhima says sure. Ishani gets rude. Mrs. D’souza is dragged by a rope and brought to Vansh. Anupriya says let Riddhima fulfill the rasam. Riddhima starts making kheer. She hears Vansh shouting. She keeps the gas stove on and goes. Vansh scolds Mrs. D’souza for going to the backyard, he didn’t give permission to anyone. She apologizes and cries. She says I did the mistake unknowingly. He says how dare you break my trust, you did many favors on me, else I would have killed you, I can give you a chance to live, but not a place to live here, get out. She says forgive me, I don’t want to go. Riddhima says Vansh please…. Vansh shouts don’t….. She thinks what’s in the backyard.

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Mitu Singh appears before ED

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Mitu Singh appears before ED

Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Mitu Singh on Tuesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to record her statement in connection with the money laundering probe involving the death of her brother. This is for the first time that any of Sushant’s kin has joined the ED probe. Mitu stays in Mumbai, and was the only family member who arrived at the Bandra flat on June 14, the day of the actor demise.

The ED on July 31, took over the probe into the financial aspect that were raised by his family in a Bihar Police FIR.

According to ED officials, the agency will ask Mitu Singh about the financial health of his brother; how the money in his account dwindled down sharply; transactions from Sushant’s account and the companies he was a director in along with his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty.

The ED will also ask her about Rhea and her family members’ relation with Sushant.

They seek the details of the fixed deposits of Sushant.

Mitu’s appearance before the ED comes a day after, Sushant’s father and another sister Rani Singh’s statements were recorded by the CBI in Faridabad and Delhi.

Bihar Police has on July 25 registered an FIR on the basis of the late actor’s father K.K. Singh’s complaint that Rs 15 crore was withdrawn or transferred from his son’s Kotak Mahindra Bank account. The ED had registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Rhea and her family members.

Sushant’s father has accused Rhea of taking money from his son and also threatening to disclose his medical reports to the media. The late actor’s family has also accused her of keeping him away from them.

The case was transferred to the CBI from the state police on August 7. According to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources, the family members have claimed that Sushant’s death was not suicide but a murder. However, the CBI officials remained tight-lipped on the development.

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