Streaming now on Netflix
When you think of a Bollywood film with exceptionally intriguing twists combined with a classic whodunnit, only a handful of movies come to mind. Well, we can now safely add Raat Akeli Hai to this list. Directed by Honey Trehan, this murder mystery takes place in the confines of a haveli, where ‘malik‘ Raghubeer Singh is murdered on the night of his second wedding to Radha (Radhika Apte), a young woman who has been sold to him by her father. Inspector Jatil Yadav (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) has been roped in to investigate this high profile murder case. As Yadav begins to uncover the case, everyone in the haveli becomes a suspect but it is very apparent that there is more to the story than meets the eye. This complex joint family comprises of Raghubeer Singh’s sister, his niece Vasudha (Shalini Raghuvanshi), nephew Vikram (Nishant Dahiya), daughter Karuna (Shweta Tripathi) who is pregnant, their domestic help Chunni and Radha, who have been living in the house as Raghubeer’s mistress.
Move aside Knives Out!
This brilliant ensemble of actors helmed by Nawazuddin carries this film on its shoulders and all of them contribute to making the movie a gripping watch. Radhika Apte plays her role of being the ‘mysterious girl’ superbly. We’re left guessing what her true intentions are.
Another thing that’s important to mention is that this thriller definitely has a layer of commentary on deep-rooted patriarchy, sexual abuse, and misogyny. While it does not overpower the plot, it’s definitely something you cannot ignore.
A murder mystery that’s worth the 149 minutes of your time
The plot of Raat Akeli Hai is a total winner and the director and writers have taken the time to sketch it out very meticulously and with a lot of detail. Each character, right from Jatil Yadav to Radha to even the house help Chunni, is given a lot of depth and the way they are portrayed is very intriguing to the viewer.
An unnecessary love story
Alongside the murder mystery plot, there is a parallel but smaller subplot that brings in a romantic aspect to film. Raat Akeli Hai could have definitely done without this romantic sub-plot and it was the most predictable part of the movie.
WATCH OR NOT:
Raat Akeli Hai should definitely make it to your watchlist. It’s a thriller that will leave you completely engrossed and constantly guessing who the murderer is.
Director: Honey Trehan
Writer: Smita Singh (dialogue), Smita Singh (screenplay)
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Nishant Dahiya
Streaming on: Netflix