Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a budding musician who pretends to be blind to the entire world in pursuit of artistic motivation. His current employer Sophie (Radhika Apte) is completely smitten by him (a feeling shared by Akash for her as well) unbeknownst to the fact that he isn’t visually impaired. One night, while working in Sophie’s club, he gets introduced to a former actor Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan) who asks him to play for him and his wife Simi (Tabu) the next day at their residence in commemoration of their anniversary. However, as Akash reaches Pramod’s house, he finds him murdered.
What will be Akash’s next step now? How will he prove what he saw while still convincing the world that he is blind?
Positive Points: –
- Andhadhun has an interestingly woven plotline with multiple twists which definitely alleviate the movie from being too mainstream.
- The performances of all primary cast members especially Khurrana and Tabu.
- The movie is rarely predictable. As you’d assume you know the next plot point, it’ll leave you disappointed and amazed at the same time.
Negative Points: –
- No matter how much the junta is going gaga over it, the film is muddled up with a lot of logical fallacies. You only need to question its events in a rational manner in order to understand its mistakes.
- Though the writing is highly commendable, Andhadhun lacks a convincing direction which only makes its flaws even more apparent.
- While the first half goes on in a smooth and sleek manner, the latter half is cluttered with too many twists and plot elements making it an obvious mishmash.
The General Aspects Of The Film: –
In many of previous reviews, I have stressed how important a director’s role is in filling the gaps left by its screenplay. It’s nearly impossible to draft the paperwork of a movie which is blemish free but the film in overall can become perfect. This perfection comes from its directional contributions which are integral to almost every aspect of filmmaking. Andhadhun is no doubt a brilliant piece of work on paper. It has the right blend of humour and insane drama in a thrilling premise that has a pretty remarkable appeal. The lead characters go through so many fuck ups that even a seemingly messed up premise (especially in the second half) looks convincing in accordance with the narrative. But there are many threads in the story which are left dangling or improperly connected owing to what I call, an uninsightful direction. Take the death of Pramod and the circumstances leading to it, take the hospital sequence involving a kidney transplant operation or even the autorickshaw blocking the road sequence (I’m mentioning these things with less clarity in order to avoid giving away spoilers); none of them seemed remotely convincing. Even the fight sequences and the lift sequence during the third act were too poorly directed. Many times it felt like director Sriram Raghavan wanted the viewers to just gulp down the events as they are without caring about any sort of logic. The most insane logical fallacy in the story is how Simi allows Akash to enter the home despite it being a murder scene. It’s true that she thinks him to be blind like anyone else, but there’s no point of allowing him inside and extremely easy to shoo him off unless she wanted to frame him in the act of crime. These are just a few of the innumerable mistakes one can spot throughout the film’s runtime. One’s view on the flick entirely depends on how much he/she is affected by these shortcomings.
The film basically centres on the characters played by Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu, and as expected they do not disappoint. Khurrana is charming and consistent with his naturalistic acting chops while Tabu displays more shades as she portrays an overly complicated character. To be honest, Tabu is the best thing in the whole movie and she evinces that she can still give the top actresses a run for their money if she comes in to play. Radhika Apte may not have a very meaty role but she is as good as she has always been. Anil Dhawan has an interesting cameo. Manav Vij, Ashwini Kalsekar, Chaya Kadam and Zakir Hussain provide able support to the leads.
Final Verdict: –
Don’t get me wrong! I liked Andhadhun especially its novelty, acting and humour but I prefer to observe movies too keenly and love to pick up glitches no matter how small or inconspicuous they may be. Given that, I find the movie to have had too many logical and rationale inconsistencies in order to claim it to be a masterpiece. It’s still wonderful and I would recommend people to watch it, but those who are too picky about cinematic fallacies might consider this flick out of their watchlist.