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Netflix’s Raat Akeli Hai is a well-crafted and compelling story of a small-town cop investigating a murder. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte and directed by Honey Trehan, the film is an out-and-out murder mystery.
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shweta Tripathi, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Nishant Dahiya, Ila Arun, Swanand Kirkire, Aditya Srivastava, Padmavati Rao.
Director: Honey Trehan
Streaming On: Netflix
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
A small-town cop, Inspector Jatil Yadav (Siddiqui), is assigned the case of the murder of the patriarch of an affluent family. On his wedding night, Raghubeer Singh is found murdered in his bed. Initial suspicion falls on his new bride, Radha (Apte), who was his mistress after his wife’s death. With members of the family seemingly unaffected by the death of the old man and extremely keen on framing Radha, Yadav smells something fishy. As he sets about investigating the murder, he unearths many dark secrets about the members of the family.
The movie explores facets of crime, lust, violence and corruption in its 2 hours 29 minutes runtime. The story is meticulously written, well-paced and extremely well executed. It leaves the audience guessing who the killer is until the very last scene. Despite dealing with a topic like depravity, the film avoids the use of foul language and graphic violence.
The protagonist, Inspector Jatil Yadav, has depth of character. He does his duty diligently without caring about the consequences he may face. His only “flaw” as pointed out is that he is not fair-skinned. The gender reversal in the discussion about the colour of skin in the quest for a life partner is noteworthy.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is phenomenal as Yadav. It is a pleasant change to watch him take on the role of a person on the right side of justice after a long time. His performance is subtle, effective and credible.
Radhika Apte’s Radha is a woman who has been wronged so many times in her life that she has emerged as a feisty and yet vulnerable woman. Apte’s performance is flawless. Her onscreen chemistry with Nawazuddin Siddiqui is excellent.
If the first half of the movie is all about patriarchy and male ego, the second half empowers the women characters. Additionally, the presence of excellent actors like Shivani Raghuvanshi, Shweta Tripathi and Padmavati Rao adds power to the narrative.
Strong performances from the ensemble cast augment the depth and feel of the movie. The dark mood of the movie is captured brilliantly by Pankaj Kumar. The editing is done perfectly, which results in smooth and brisk storytelling.
Raat Akeli Hai is a brilliant murder mystery. It is an understated story that will keep you hooked till the end. With some brilliant performances and superb cinematography, the film is an extremely entertaining watch. This is a must-watch movie.
Viewed and Reviewed by The Review Owl.