BY REEMA CHHABDA
Raat Akeli Hai is a story about a high profile family where a murder happens on a wedding night. The groom who’s about to get into second marriage in his 60s gets murdered. The case then has been taken by Inspector Jatil Yadal (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). The bride, Radha (Radhika Apte) is under one of his suspicion.
Later, one on one the secrets keep unfolding and film becomes more interesting. The truth isn’t expected and that keeps the charm of the film alive. With so many back stories and outstanding actors, the film keeps you hooked throughout. The only thing that makes you cranky in the film is it’s length.
A story is binded together when it’s speed is on point. Raat Akeli Hai lacks this one point majorly.
From being an innocent man who keeps fighting with his mom (Ila Arun) like a kid to being very specific and strict about his cases, Nawazuddin’s character is very well written and portrayed. Just keep patience and the end won’t make you regret finishing the film. Other than that, Smita Singh’s writing will not make you upset about anything in the film other than it’s lenght.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as usual does his part so well that no one else could have been the perfect policeman that he played. His reaction to his mother’s constant get-married rants to the comments on his dark skinned colour tone, he aced every scene with utmost perfection.
On the other hand, Radhika Apte once again proved that she can literally live any character that she plays. Making us doubt on jer throughout the film to saving herself from the human monsters, she did her part with pure honestly.
Other actors including Ila Arun, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shweta Tripathi, Shivani Raghuwani, Thakur and his family members were good at their parts too.
Honey Trehan’s direction shows you the insides of an ancient haveli where most of the film has been shot. The repeatative shots of Nawazuddin on his motorcycle makes you feel that something exciting must be shown in such scene but nothing really happens. Overall, the direction of the film has nothing extraordinary to offer. Also, some extra cuts could’ve been a good decision.
We heard the voice of Sukhwinder after a while in the soulful song ‘Ghume’ song and it was amazing. Other than this, there wasn’t any song in the film which was a very thoughtful decision by the makers.
Set in UP, the storyline and built up of Raat Akeli Hai are amazing for the low key crime thriller.