Raat Akeli Hai Review & Reaction | Nawazuddin Siddiqui | Radhika Apte | Netflix | Cut Fix Play

A car moves along a highway in a long shot,
its headlights penetrating the darkness,
a truck waiting for it and as soon as the car
crosses the toll booth, it starts following the car.
This is the opening sequence of Raat
Akeli Hai, A Netflix original film directed
by debutant Honey Trehan, which sets up the
stage for a killer thriller.
The story revolves around a murder mystery
of Raghuveer Singh, a rich old man with political
connections, who dies on the wedding night
of his second marriage.
The case falls to a brave and honest Inspector with an abundant amount of Swag, Jatil Yadav,
who firmly tells the family members
“I’m going to investigate this murder.”
With backstories, secret motives, and truths, all the family members are on the suspicion of this murder.
How Jatil Yadav solves this
classic whodunit – one murder, many suspects mystery,
is the rest of the story of this film.
Honey Trehan successfully construct a crime
thriller in his debut film. His stint as casting
director in many popular films helps him in
dealing with such a star cast
and bringing out their best performances.
Working with the screenplay by
Sacred Games co-writer Smita Singh,
Trehan crafts a gripping murder mystery that probes the hideous consequences of patriarchy.
The film represents the condition of women in every patriarchial house of this country in a subtle way.
All the characters
are layered and none of them are trust-worthy.
The dialogues are catchy and memorable like
this line from Jatil Yadav which he repeatedly
says, “The outside world is awful”.
As always Nawaz gives a stellar performance.
He totally dominates his screen space
with his powerful acting.
Radhika Apte as mysterious
Radha, the bride whose husband dies on the
night of her wedding, is equally compelling.
All the supporting actors like Tigmanshu Dhulia,
Shweta Tripathi, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Nishant
Dahiya, Aditya Srivastava, Ila Arun, and others
have done justice to their roles in whatever
screentime they get.
Music is haunting and elevates the mysterious
nature of the characters.
Some of the songs are well placed
and adds to the film’s aura.
The film is lensed with exceptional skill
by cinematographer Pankaj Kumar
with brilliant use of lightning.
Every frame, composed with precise purpose, serves to elevate the moment and its defining mood.
And the editing by Sreekar Prasad is masterful
as he maintains the pace of the film really well.
Apart from few pointless songs and the unnecessary
inclusion of the love angle between Jatil and Radha
which extend the length of the movie a little bit,
overall the film is a good watch
and keeps the audience constantly guessing and
mostly guessing wrong.
You can watch this film on Netflix whose trailer’s
link is posted in the description below.

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