Raat Akeli Hai Review - Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the star of this impressive slow burn drama!
Siddarth Srinivas -
Netflix begins its big array of direct-to-OTT releases which have been announced recently, with the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Raat Akeli Hai. The film is directed by Honey Trehan.
What’s the story about?
Jatil Yadav is a not-so-perfect cop who is now nearing the expiry date in the matrimonial market and faces pressure from his mother to get married soon. Jatil finds himself caught in a tricky case when a newly married landlord is murdered in his apartment, and all the members of the house turn suspects.
Raat Akeli Hai is simply an Indian brother of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out which was one of the best films from Hollywood last year. The film is cut from the same cloth as the Daniel Craig starrer, but the good thing here is that it finds its own ways to bring about the storyline, and adds a couple of other subplots to spice up the narrative. Spread over a runtime of close to two and a half hours, Raat Akeli Hai chooses detailing over pace and takes its time to build up its world and get us closer to the characters before things go crazy in the final run of the film. The first hour of the film slowly lets us handshake each character in the household, and only then does Honey Trehan begin to untie the knots, one by one. The film’s final stretch is packed with one very good shootout sequence and a convincing climax, which give it to be termed good.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui returns to deliver another strong and powerful performance as the cop who goes the long lengths to get to the rear end of the case. His minute improvisations and dialogue delivery are very enjoyable, as he keeps you tied to the proceedings even though the runtime of the film is longer than usual. On the other hand is Radhika Apte, who is perfectly cast as the troubled young wife of the landlord. The rest of the cast including Shweta Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Shivani Raghuvanshi all do their best and capture a good moment each in the film’s runtime.
Music and other departments
Despite being a Netflix original, Raat Akeli Hai does have a couple of good songs that amp up the narrative. The film’s cinematography is excellent too, especially in the night mode where all the important sequences in the film take place.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s performance and the final hour of the film take this to a good height.
The film is a slow-paced drama and will not interest those who are looking for a rush of adrenaline.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes. Even though I found more than one similarity to Knives Out, this was engaging on the whole.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. Raat Akeli Hai is one of the better Hindi films to arrive during the pandemic. Give it a watch if you like deeply rooted dramas.
|Synopsis :||A high profile murder in small town India sends a tough yet narrow minded cop on a twisted investigation as he navigates deeper into the dark past and toxic patriarchy of the victim’s family.|
|Cast :||Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Aditya Srivastava, Ila Arun, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shweta Tripathi, Nishant Dahiya, Khalid Tyabji, Shivani Raghuvanshi & others|
|Directors :||Honey Trehan|
|Producer/s :||Abhishek Chaubey, Ronnie Screwvala|
|Cinematographer (DoP) :||Pankaj Kumar|
|Production House :||RSVP Movies, MacGuffin Pictures|
|Movie Duration (minutes) :||149|
|Digital Premiere Date :||July 31, 2020|