If Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes had to put their cryptic minds to a cinematic canvas, there would be only name who could do justice to the genre - Sriram Raghavan. This piece isn’t an exercise to wax eloquently about his genius imagination and how twisted it can get. We have witnessed that in the past with the vengeful Badlapur or the technically ahead of its time Ek Hasina Thi. With Andhadhun he ventures into a familiar territory but with unfamiliar players. (Also Read: AndhaDhun celeb review: Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar laud the Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu-starrer)
What's it about?
A blind man Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana) and his trials and tribulations with life, as it perplexes him with odds and circumstances that throw him in the belly of the darkest (no pun intended) situations, is what Andhadhun sets to narrate. There is no fatigue when it comes to going full throttle or easing the tempo with the plot changes. Tabu plays the wife to the '80s character actor played superbly by Anil Dhawan who has a chance encounter with Akash that changes everyone’s life to a point of no return. Radhika Apte plays a half girlfriend to Aakash who is a catalyst to the multiple climaxes the film unveils. It isn’t easy, and honestly, no fun to simplify the plot of the film because it isn’t linear or can’t be put down on paper with such ease. All I can say is, have blind faith in Raghavan’s vision and jump onto this rollercoaster.
Sriram is one of those few directors who take time with their material - their writing. The scenes in Andhadhun are so razor sharp that one can sense the hard work that must have gone into fine tuning this screenplay. The fruits of this exercise are rich. Every character has so much to offer. While the protagonist Akash is the centre of this mad universe, the mad planets orbiting him are equally crazy. There isn’t a single moment in the film that falls flat or feels lazy. The pace never slacks to pick up and the humour is dark laced with sly banter and digs. Ayushmann goes for the kill digging into his role like a hungry beast. He goes beyond the body language of a blind man, he makes you believe and sells you his story, so much that you are left confused between empathy and suspicion on his intentions. Now that’s a true mark of a stellar performance. Tabu reminds us why we miss her so much on the big screen. Her performance in Andhadhun is easily one of her finest and it’s easy to tell she had a lot of fun playing this character. Her scenes with her husband played by Dhawan are hilarious! Radhika Apte and Ayushmann have a crackling chemistry and their scenes set the tone for what to expect. Like I said, Andhadhun demands your full attention and once you surrender to this mad storyline and eccentric characters the experience gets even better. Technically too Sriram invests in the background score, especially the piano that plays a very important part in the entire plot. The piano is almost a supporting actor who gets a special nod as the end credits roll.
There’s hardly anything worth complaining. The climax was a bit of a stretch and the last scene is open ended with a sinister reason that only Sriram can explain.
Andhadhun is right on the top of my list of favourite films of 2018. Sriram Raghavan’s madness and his vision is worth encouraging and his ensemble of actors deserve every possible applaud for their performances.
4.5 out of 5
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