Murder mysteries can by no means exit of trend and among the best Indian, Hollywood and world cinema has one thing to do with homicide. Last week, we noticed casting director Mukesh Chhabra turning director for the love saga DIL BECHARA. This week, it’s the flip of one other casting director, Honey Trehan, to don the director’s hat. For his debut, he chooses an intriguing homicide thriller, RAAT AKELI HAI. So does RAAT AKELI HAI handle to entertain and thrill viewers? Or does it fail? Let’s analyse.
RAAT AKELI HAI is the story of a cop investigating an advanced homicide case. Inspector Jatil Yadav (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) from Belghat, Kanpur will get a name one evening informing him of a homicide in his jurisdiction. The homicide seems to be that of the rich Thakur Raghubeer Singh (Khalid Tyabji). Incidentally, it’s the day of Raghubeer’s second marriage, with Radha (Radhika Apte), who was his mistress earlier. Raghubeer’s first spouse Kavita Singh (Natasha Rastogi) had died 5 years in the past in a hit-and-run case that remained unsolved. Raghubeer’s nephew Vikram Singh (Nishant Dahiya) informs that he final spoke to Raghubeer at 11:30 pm. Radha in the meantime doesn’t give a correct reply, which raises the suspicion of Jatil and his colleague Nandu (Shreedhar Dubey). Though the opposite relations – son Karan (Nitesh Tiwari), daughter Karuna (Shweta Tripathi Sharma), son-in-law Ravi Sisodiya (Gyanendra Tripathi), niece Vasudha (Shivani Raghuvanshi), sister-in-law Pramila Singh (Padmavati Rao) and the maid Chunni (Riya Shukla), too, behave suspiciously, Jatil can’t assist however surprise if Radha is related with the homicide. At the identical time, he will get intrigued by her and even will get drawn to her. Radha, in the meantime, is despised by different relations and sooner or later she is about to get assaulted by the hands of Karan when Jatil stops the latter by slapping him. This infuriates Ravi and he complains to the native MLA Munna Raja (Aditya Srivastava) who was additionally Raghubeer Singh’s shut buddy. Munna finds Jatil’s investigation methodology unfair and he complains to Jatil’s senior, SSP Lalji Shukla (Tigmanshu Dhulia). Soon, Jatil realizes that Munna Raja can be related, not simply with Raghubeer’s homicide but additionally with the homicide of Raghubeer’s first spouse. What occurs subsequent types the remainder of the movie.
Smita Singh’s story is promising and it additionally provides one a déjà vu of final yr’s Hollywood flick KNIVES OUT. However, it’ll be incorrect to conclude that RAAT AKELI HAI is a duplicate because it was made approach earlier than. But the resemblance is uncanny in not simply the homicide thriller bit however even the home setting! Smita Singh’s screenplay is a serious spoilsport. The script ideally ought to have been watertight and tense. Instead, it’s needlessly dragging at a number of locations because the investigation goes round in circles for many elements of the movie. Also, the movie is kind of prolonged with a run time of two.29 hours. Smita Singh’s dialogues are okay.
Honey Trehan’s course is common. Technically, he will get the movie proper and makes good use of the placement, setting and even extracts positive performances from his actors. But on the flipside, he takes a number of time to get to the purpose because the narrative simply needlessly wanders from right here to there. A couple of developments are additionally very unconvincing. When a homicide of this kind takes place, the investigating cop ought to have ideally grilled each individual current within the mansion. Instead, Jatil focuses mainly on Radha and Vikram Singh. In one scene, he does trace that his junior has investigated nevertheless it’s by no means proven. It’s solely within the second half that Jatil lastly investigates Karuna and others. The sort of query he asks her is one thing he ought to have requested on the evening of the homicide itself! There are many extra foolish cases within the movie. Jatil will get maintain of a nursing residence report within the later a part of the movie. A devoted cop like him ought to have ideally checked its contents instantly. Instead, he forgets about it and is reminded a number of days later when he’s ready for his practice on the railway station! As a results of such moments, the movie fails to have interaction.
RAAT AKELI HAI begins on a really horrifying and thrilling word and units the temper. The introduction of Jatil Yadav’s character and his relationship along with his mom (Ila Arun) is humorous. The preliminary scenes of the homicide thriller are fairly participating. But very quickly, the curiosity begins to drop. A couple of scenes do impress and catch consideration like Jatil reaching the tannery, Karuna’s investigation and the motion chase sequence, however at the remainder of occasions, the movie simply drags. The final 20 minutes is when the thriller is solved. It’s unpredictable however due to the gradual tempo and lengthy size, the specified affect isn’t made.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is in his ingredient as at all times. It’s fascinating how he tries so as to add one thing new in each efficiency and RAAT AKELI HAI isn’t any exception. Radhika Apte leaves an enormous mark and performs the function of the mysterious and troubled lady earnestly. Nishant Dahiya is a bit polished nevertheless it works for his character. Shreedhar Dubey is okay initially however will get higher within the second half. Ila Arun is hilarious and in addition fairly touching. Shweta Tripathi Sharma doesn’t get a lot scope initially. She, nevertheless, makes her presence felt within the second half. Gyanendra Tripathi is a bit over-the-top, as per the necessities of his half. Shivani Raghuvanshi is kind of good particularly within the later a part of the movie. Padmavati Rao is respectable. Aditya Srivastava is okay however his character ideally ought to have oozed worry. Tigmanshu Dhulia is wasted. Khalid Tyabji is hardly there. Same goes for Nitesh Tiwari. In truth, his character is nothing to do within the movie and is added only for the heck of it. Ravi Bhushan (henchmen) is kind of scary and is well-casted for the half. Swanand Kirkire (Ramesh Chauhan) does nicely within the cameo. Riya Shukla is an actor to be careful for. Baljinder Kaur (Chunni’s grandmother) is great in a small function. Natasha Rastogi and Vijay Kumar Dogra (driver Ramdeen) get no scope.
Sneha Khanwalkar’s music is forgettable. All three songs – ‘Jaago’, ‘Ghoom Charkhaya’ and ‘Aadhe Aadhe Se’ don’t have a shelf life. ‘Ghoom Charkhaya’ nevertheless does impress a bit attributable to Sukhwinder Singh’s singing. Karan Kulkarni’s background rating is refined and has the thriller really feel. Pankaj Kumar’s cinematography is terrific and captures the numerous moods and moments of the movie fantastically. Shruti Kapoor’s costumes are straight out of life. Rita Ghosh, Vinay Narkar, Niyoti Upadhye’s manufacturing design is practical. Harpal Singh Pali’s motion is spectacular. A Sreekar Prasad’s enhancing may be very dangerous and the movie ideally ought to have been 30-40 minutes shorter.
On the entire, RAAT AKELI HAI is a gradual, prolonged and flawed homicide thriller. The solely saving grace are the performances and the climax.