Directed by Amar Kaushik and produced by Maddock Films, Bhediya is latest offering from director – producer of Bala and Stree. Film is presented by Jio Studios and distributed by Pen Marudhar in Hindi, Green Studios in Tamil and Allu Aravind in Telugu.
Film is the story of a man who turns into a wolf. Bhaskar (Varun Dhawan) based in Delhi, works for Bagga (Saurabh Shukla). The former is a road contractor and for his job, he is supposed to go to Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, to construct a road through the jungle. Bhaskar reaches Ziro along with his cousin, Janardan (Abhishek Banerjee). Here, they are joined by a localite, Jomin (Paalin Kabaak). The trio then meet Panda (Deepak Dobriyal), who also helps Bhaskar in his mission. Bhaskar’s job isn’t going to be easy as the tribals are not ready to give up their land and let the trees be cut. Bhaskar then woos the younger generation of the area and through them, he convinces the older generation. He’s going back to his guest house at night when he gets attacked by a wolf. The wolf bites him on his buttock. Janardan and Jomin take him to a vet as they feel that if the word spreads, it’ll lead to problems.
The vet, Anika (Kriti Sanon), gets scared about being asked to treat a human patient. She gives him a painkiller injection. The next day, Bhaskar’s wound miraculously disappears. He is able to sense, hear and smell in a much better manner. He doesn’t realize what’s happening. Meanwhile, a few nights later, Prakash (Dosam Beyong), who works with Bhaskar and who had the signed agreements, gets killed by the wolf. The agreements disappear. At this point, Janardan and Jomin feel suspicious that Bhaskar could be behind the killing. They conclude that he has turned into a ‘vishanoo’ and this scares the daylights out of them, as they fear for their safety.
Varun Dhawan does his best and entertains throughout. This is one of his honest acts but beyond a point he seems tired with water thin confused script. Kriti Sanon is surprise package of the film and despite less screen time, she makes an impact. Abhishek Banerjee is hilarious with best one liners and so is Paalin Kabak with perfect comic timing. Dosam Beyong and Madang Pai (Ojha) are very good. Deepak Dobariyal is amazing but his role is inconsistent. Saurabh Shukla wasted in a short role. Rajkumar Rao and Aparshakti bring smile on the face with 1 minute cameo in climax.
Film is written by Niren Bhatt and he has done a great job as far as story and concept are concerned. It’s screenplay which falters and falters big time as film keeps moving around same circle again and again specially in first half. Toilet humour is over served ( pun intended) and lack of chemistry between lead pair results in forced climax devoid of any emotion. Also Bagga builder track left unfinished and used a prop. Blame of lacklustre film is on him, completely! It talks about Animal Vs Man, Forest Vs Urbanisation and North East discrimination Vs Rest Of India – one wondered if it will also address issues like petrol prices and lack of form of K L Rahul.
Sachin-Jigar’s music is strictly average as ‘Jungle Mein Kaand’ is loud noisy and ‘Apna Bana Le’ is misfit in screenplay and one more Arijit Singh song. ‘Baaki Sab Theek’ is quirky and best song of album ‘Thumkeshwari’ is not there only which is shocking.
Jishnu Bhattacharya has shot films well and captured Arunachal Pradesh’s beauty. Mayur Sharma and Apurwa Sondhi’s production design fits well. Kunal Sharma’s sound design is average. Sheetal Iqbal Sharma’s costumes are realistic. Darrell Mclean and Riyaz – Habib’s action is pacy. MPC’s VFX is terrific and one of the best seen in a Bollywood film. Sanyukta Kaza’s editing is uneven as first half needed more trimming. Sachin – Jigar’s background score is scratchy and has influence of Stranger Things.
Amar Kaushik’s direction is simple and straightforward like his earlier films but to be fair, Bhediya is no Stree and more of like Bala. A simple forest preservation issue drilled for more than 20 minutes in more than half dozen scene like Bala. Toilet humour puts off and as director he fails to decide one genre as film keeps jumping from social issue to horror to comedy to romance and then suddenly climax tries to make audience emotional but no emotional connect of lead pair works against it.
Film should be applauded for trying something original and bringing creature comedy concept forward. Film has some really amazing VFX and shot really well but despite technical brilliance, film falters due to amateurish writing and confuse direction. It will find really tough at box office and anything above 75 cr plus will be a victory. Thing it has almost 3 open weeks of run.
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