From the screenwriter of films like Heyy Babyy, Masti and Grand Masti, you would not expect a revenge drama that starts off with visuals heavily inspired by the SAW series. Raakh narrates the horrific ordeals of a husband whose wife is brutally raped and murdered. Milap Zaveri’s vengeance thriller stars Vir Das, Shaad Randhawa and Richa Chadha in pivotal roles.
The 22-minute short film begins with a Shakespearean quote that is powerful enough to give you a gist of what you are going to watch ahead. The screen cuts to a gory opening scene of a blood laden drill and a stranger tied to a giant fan in the crucifix position. Viewers are likely to connect the story to a serial killer or a mad man after watching the initial scene. But Milap does a fab job of turning around the audience’s thought process and shows them something totally unexpected.
The main character, played by Vir Das, is a revenge-seeking husband who tortures his wife’s killer in an isolated, murky location. He gives an average performance and is not so convincing mainly because of the expectation built post the opening scene. Shaad Randhawa, as the murderer, gives one of his finest performances till date. His transition from being a mercy begging captive to that of a ruthless villain who shows no remorse for his actions is definitely worth appreciation. A spine-tingling dialogue wherein he narrates the brutal rape and cold-blooded murder is one of the highlights of the short film. The film showcases fine camerawork and in some scenes uses just the light of a matchstick to produce the desired effect. The location of the movie is perfect and retains the essence of the story thus giving it a dark, sinister look. The climax is apt and in accordance with the film’s name, as you would discover after watching the film.
To give more details about the movie will mean giving out the twist and so we would recommend you to watch the movie yourself to find the final revelation.
If darker themes and thrillers are your favorites, give the movie a chance. You can watch the short film here.