Investigative thrillers have been explored by filmmakers in all ways but the genre is taken to task by Honey Trehan’s directorial debut Raat Akeli Hai. Featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, the 2 hours 30 minutes film delves deep into the dark layers of two interlinked cold-blooded murders. Read the detailed review below.
- Director: Honey Trehan
- Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Shweta Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Aditya Srivastava, Nishant Dahiya
- Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Raat Akeli Hai Review
Raat Akeli Hai is a Honey Trehan directorial. The film sees Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi, Tihmanshu Dhulia, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Aditya Srivastava and Ila Arun in an ensemble cast. Before we get into the finer details, I’d like to make it clear that for me, Nawazuddin’s involvement in the film isn’t something to look forward to knowing full well about the charges levied against him by his estranged wife. It is not known if he is guilty but it still isn’t exciting to have him play a leading role let alone the role of a cop (another unsettling subject considering the current reports of police brutality). But, let’s for the remainder of this review leave the off-screen opinions aside and focus on Raat Akeli Hai, a whodunnit mystery.
While Nawazuddin Siddiqui does what he’s best at, Radhika Apte takes her skill-set to the next level. Nawaz’s way of expressing frustration comes in handy with the character of Jatil Yadav. Honey surely succeeds in subtly presenting Nawaz as the romantic hero through a brilliantly written sub-plot. The whole death of the head of the family and investigation unveiling the dark sides of the members reminded us of Knives Out in a good way. Smita Singh masterfully manages each bit of complexity in her script. She holds your attention for a considerable amount of time. The film is a bit of stretch at 150 minutes and needed more strict editing by A. Sreekar Prasad.
All said and done, Raat Akeli Hai is one of the better whodunnit thrillers out there. Despite the dark undertone throughout, there aren’t really any dull moments. An intriguing watch!