This weekend, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and experiment with Sriram Raghavan’s romantic black comedy psychological thriller! Gotta love it when genres collide, right? That too when you have veteran women like Radhika Apte and Tabu firing up the big screen together with an irresistible hottie like Ayushmann Khurrana!
Rating – 3.75 / 5
Sriram Raghavan, the connoisseur of thrillers (with reference to Badlapur & Johnny Gaddaar) is back with an aberrant game of blind man’s buff! One of those deadly intricate spine-tingling dramas that unquestionably messes with your head in unimaginable ways and satisfyingly stimulates all the senses, while still leaving you itching for more!
Andha Dhun is pretty much a series of events involving an array of twisted people, each of whom seems to be having an agenda of their own – first you have Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana), a blind pianist (or not?), who finds his muse in a pretty girl-next-door Sophie (Radhika Apte), and eventually ends up in a cascade of dark tangled ugly situations with the stunning bold manipulative wife of a retired actor, Simmi (Tabu).
Tune murder dekha?
Main kaise dekh sakta hoon sir?
What’s unique about this film is that whatever you need to know is revealed within the first 20 minutes, and what happens next is simply a mastermind plot full of eye-widening twists and turns and more twists and turns right until the end credits. But mind you, not even a single minute of boredom is experienced. Another artistically thought out strategy was to present many of the important edge-of-your-seat scenes with the catchy yet soothing piano tune in the background, amplifying the “psychologically thrilling” effect of every shot.
And to make things a little more interesting than they already are, Andha Dhun also entails a super funky selection of dhuns. Right from Amit Trivedi’s foot-tapping ‘Naina da Kya kasoor’ to my bae Arijit’s soulful-yet-somewhat-familiar ‘Woh Ladki’, every cadenced candid track catches the underlying mood of the film with a great deal of precision.
Ayushmann & Tabu, of course, significantly stand out in all the mind-boggling mess with their underplayed less-is-more performances, which strikingly allows the eerie piano tune to take over and create the desired cryptic aura. Although, I must give a very special shoutout to Tabu for painlessly pulling off the whole psycho mysterious character of Simmi! The rest of the crew too, including Radhika Apte, Manav Vij, Anil Dhawan and Zakir Hussain, fluently moulded into their roles and put together a majorly gripping multi-genre masterpiece!
I guess my pro-tip for this one would be to stay undistracted, watch closely and simply let the psychologically bone-chilling story consume you entirely!
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