‘Raat Akeli Hai’ Trailer: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi Are Stuck In A Web Of Lies And Deceit
Please allow me to list down a couple of problems going into Raat Akeli Hai. First of all, and I have mentioned this before while talking about Rajkummar Rao’s newly announced movie HIT, that cops need to clean their image before getting movies with them as the protagonist. Secondly, I am not one who can separate the art from the artist and I cannot ignore all the allegations that are being leveled against the lead, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. I’m not saying that they’re all true. I’m also not say that they’re false. The jury’s still out and that’s exactly why I am not all “Yippee! There’s a new Nawazuddin movie here”.
All that said, the trailer for the Honey Trehan directed movie gives out a lot of Knives Out vibes (Which BTW drew inspiration from Agatha Christie’s books). There’s a huge household with a largely matriarchal family whose oldest member and head gets murdered on the night of a big occasion. However, no one seems to know who has murdered or how the murder has taken place. All the red flags are pointed around Radhika Apte who was apparently the mistress of the dead. But everything is not what it means. As Siddiqui’s character gets deeper and deeper into the murder-mystery, troubling details start to unravel and before he realises, he is in a mess of his own.
While talking about the movie, Trehan said,
“Crime thrillers have always been one of my favourite genres in cinema, right from the early noir films of the 40s to Hitchcock’s ‘wrong man’ films and Agatha Christie’s whodunnits. I always wanted to tell a story that is grounded in the reality that I know, while also honouring the classical features of a noir thriller and that is what Raat Akeli Hai is. Having my vision be told to millions of people across the world thanks to Ronnie Screwvala & Netflix is a huge opportunity and am excited about it.”
Siddiqui elaborated upon his role of Jatil Yadav by saying,
“Raat Akeli Hai is the kind of story that draws you in immediately and takes you along the winding journey. I play the role of Inspector who is investigating the murder of a powerful man. A complex character, Jatil is a social misfit and awkward around women. He is always in the search of justice – and does not rest until he finds out the truth.”
Netflix veteran Radhika Apte said,
“Raat Akeli Hai on Netflix feels like homecoming. The crime thriller explores the lives of various family members while the murder of its partiarch is being investigated. I play the character of Radha, the new bride of the deceased, who is stubborn, feisty, arrogant and yet mysterious. She alternates between suspicion and being vulnerable. To peel the layers of her character has been an inspiring challenge for me. Honey Trehan’s vision is truly unparalleled and I can’t wait for audiences around the world to watch it .”
Raat Akeli Hai has a star-studded cast. In addition to Siddiqui and Apte, there’s Aditya Srivastava, Shweta Tripathi, Ila Arun, Padmavati Rao, Khalid Tyabji, Shivani Raghuvanshi and Tigmanshu Dhulia. However, something is missing about it. Yes, the murderer and probably the murder weapon is missing. But apart from that, it feels flavourless and a little off. Again that might be because of my personal opinion about Siddiqui and the Indian police. But it isn’t something I can shake off. Here’s to hoping that the story, direction, and the rest of the cast manages to give me an enjoyable experience on July 31.
Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India