Raat Akeli Hai Movie Review – Ingeniously Plotted Who-Done-It Thriller That Will Keep You On The Edge Of Seat


Raat Akeli Hai had already caught my attention thanks to the taut trailer released few days back and to my surprise, movie turned out to better than expected after watching it.

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When a high-profile wedding of a wealthy Raghuveer Singh is turned into a graveyard after he is found dead in his room, Inspector Jatil Yadav (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is called to investigate into what-it-looks-like a home grown cold-blooded murder with all the family members being the prime suspect.

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It has been a while since Bollywood has churned good mystery thriller films. Films like Kahaani, Manorama-Six Feet Under, Error 404 or Phobia had a good twist which will remain embedded in your memories. The film has a pretty solid opening scenes involving a car chase followed by a murder which will be the key point to the rest of the plot. The film adds more flavor with Nawazuddin Siddiqui entering the scene and taking the charge of murder. The director does a fine job in building tension when each suspect speak out their stories. The film also focuses on the past tales to shows its butterfly effect in the present which is handled well by the debutant Honey Tehran.

Watching Raat Akeli Hai is like reading a mystery novel as each page will unfold hint right from the murder scene investigation, each family member interrogation and even travelling to other locations which adds an angle to the murder mystery. Raat Akeli Hai keeps you glued to the screen till first 1 hour 30 minutes but loses the track by introducing the romantic angle between Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte which I felt diluted the impact.

The film gathers the steam and when you are close to identify the actual murderer, the climax scene where the entire ensemble at the house and this is where you get to know the truth.

After Mukesh Chhabra in Dil Bechara, Honey Tehran becomes the second casting director from Bollywood this year who shows promises as the next big director. Honey Tehran explores the murder mystery topic and let the audience take a back seat and enjoy the ride till the end. The dialogues and screenplay by Smita Singh (Sacred Games) is absolutely thrilling with solid twist. Art direction by Rajesh Choudhary (Drishyam) and Madhumita Sen (Sonchiriya) is beautiful. Cinematography by Pankaj Kumar (Talvar and Tummbad) is catchy. Special mention to the background score by Sneha Khanwalkar (Gangs Of Wasseypur) which elevates the tension required in this kind of film.

While Raat Akeli Hai scores in the above category, I felt that editing could have been better. Music is another big letdown which was not required in film of this theme.

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Coming to the performances, it is Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s show all the way. His role will remind you of a suspended detective-wanna-be Abhay Deol who takes on solving the mystery behind the disappearance of a 6 year old girl in Manorama Six Feet Under and Jaideep Ahlawat as Haathi Ram Chaudhary, in Pataal Lok, who despite all odds goes beyond the line of duty to solve the case. Rest of the cast does justice to their part

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So, overall,  Raat Akeli Hai is an enriching experience for the cinematic lovers. Superb 3.5/5

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