Before I get down writing and talk about Andhadhun, I would like to mention that the plot idea of ‘Andhadhun’ has been inspired by a French short film called The Piano Tuner by Olivier Trainer, which is the tale of a failed pianist who pretends to be blind to obtain the empathy of his customers.
Until, at one of his client’s visits, he stumbles into the pool of blood. I won’t pretend it is a mastery of the craft, it ain’t, but this french short film is pretty well thought……So nothing seems to be an original piece of work in Bollywood but master craftsman Sriram Raghavan’s vision and the intricacies of the screenplay will take you by surprise.
You’ll be faced with a string of bizarre moments every five minutes in AndhaDhun, accompanied with melodious music.
The quirky posters and the intriguing trailer had left the audience asking for the more…the film is another ball game altogether.
It is probably also the kind of film which we deserve……
Akash is a talented pianist who pretends to be blind inorder to enhance his skills. A jaded film star Pramod Sinha, is highly impressed by his talent and invites him over for a private performance to surprise his beautiful young wife, Simi on their anniversary day.
Unfortunately on the due date, Pramod has been killed by Simi’s lover and the ‘blind’ piano player witnesses the duo disposing off the body. He soon finds that his fake blind act isn’t going to help him save his life.
Technical : (No spoilers ahead)
Andhadhun will remind viewers of Mr Sriram Raghavan’s previous films ‘Jhonny Gaddar, Ek Hasina Thi, which are built on a string on deceits.
As the events unfold , you’ll often find yourself into a TICKING BOMB range of possibilities towards the climax. Whenever you introduce a ticking bomb as your situation, there are only three ways to end your movie: the bomb blows, the bomb is disarmed, fade to black with the tick-tack. Whenever you place a main character in a situation like Andhadhun you’re starring at a ticking bomb.
The ending not exclusively creates a visual impression the viewer will carry, but also expose the layers of the tone you presumed the spectator would take home with him. And how you handle with a ticking bomb is what commonly separates the good from the bad. How you twist your ending to lead into a very specific idea you want to transmit when the credits start rolling is crucial for a successful thriller film.
In the particular case of Andhadhun, we would wonder if the protagonist would getaway or die. This will keep your attention till the credits roll.
The first half is unexpectedly funny and well paced…the second half loses steam and tends to go off tune but is finally saved with great moments and twists.
Ayushman Khurana once again proves his mettle and does fine justice to the character Akash. He is one actor who is slowly and steadily gaining momentum and making a mark in the industry.
Tabu is simply amazing, delicious and is most delightful among the rest…you will fall in love with her…a true ‘Lady Macbeth’
Ayushman and Tabu share the maximum screen space and hold the film together.
Zakir Hussain’s character of a corrupt doctor adds a good dose of humour and support to the film. Surprisingly, Radhika Apte gets no scope to explore…her character is more of an extended cameo and she is hardly seen in the film.
Special mention goes to Manav Vij and Anil Dhawan for their excellent support.
AndhaDhun marks the debut of a cat who made its first appearance on one of the posters with Ayushmann Khurrana and has been a constant part of the film thereon.
Amit Trivedi’s soulful music is mainly dominated by piano pieces but the seasoned composer does not let that come into the way of the album’s range. He puts together a soundtrack that is sweet, edgy, peppy and maintains a good balance through out.
Naina Da Kasoor is my favourite…..
Overall, Andhadhun pays a perfect hommage to Alfred Hitchcock and will break all your preconceived notions….it out forms all the Bollywood thriller films till date.
A Must Watch