Raat Akeli Hain movie review

Raat Akeli Hain Movie Review

The third biggest release of the last massive weekend of movie, releases were the mystery crime thriller "Raat Akeli Hain", directed by debutante director Honey Trehan. It's important to understand in terms of work experience, Honey Trehan has been working in the film industry and has been involved in several film projects since the early 2000s actively been apart of the Vishal Bharadwaj school of filmmaking since "Makbul", the experienced individual finally got a chance on the director's chair with this thriller. The film which is produced by one of my favourite production companies RSVP headed by Ronnie Screwalla responsible for projects such as "Uri" & "Sanchiria" focuses on the mysterious murder of a patriarch of a dysfunctional family on the night of a wedding how a misplaced police officer inspector Jatil Yadav played by Nawaz Uddin Siddiqui takes over the case and slowly and steadily the CD intentions actions and dynamics of the family unravel in order to narrow down on the perpetrator is the main premise "Raat Akeli Hain". Here's me telling you the good and bad aspects in no particular order so that you guys can ultimately decide whether this movie is worth watching on Netflix or not.

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Raat Akeli Hain cast

Nawajuddin Siddiqui - Inspector Jatil Yadav
Radhika Apte - Radha
Shivani Raghubanshi - Bashuda
Shweta Tripathi - Karuna Singh
Trimangshu Dhulia - SSP
Ila Arun - Sarita Kumari


At first, want to get one thing out of the way especially regarding the parallels created by the public after watching the trailer of the movie.  First, technically "Knives Out" came out in September of 2019 and "Raat Akeli Hain" had wrapped up shooting by April of 2019. The direct influence of the film from the creators is highly unlikely from a timeline perspective secondly if you have seen both the films you will realize that both of them are extremely different in pitch tonality treatment and especially on the message that they are trying to convey. Yes, the movie bears resemblance in the fact that it is set in one location and an officer comes to the bottom of the case of who the perpetrator but in reference to how the characters interact with one another the relationships the humour the social context it is entirely different from the film. If I justified parallel has to be created I can think of Agatha Christies novel called the "Crooked House" that was published in 1949. The story of the murder of the patriarch of the family and the unravelling of the mysterious family members is fairly similar to that of "Raat Akeli Hain" dispersed focus and slow narrative. The brilliance of the film is that it does not waste time in providing new information to the audience from the onset. It does not waste time in setting up and we have immediately showcased a dreadful event followed by Jatil Yadav taking out the case what follows however and you may feel this as a viewer is that midway through the film you wonder whether the focus of the case is getting dispersed in too many inconclusive fragments. The convoluted back and forth of Jatil's internal dialogue of personal wants and to come to the bottom of the case can become a bit tiring for the viewer, the film is 2 hours and 30 minutes long and especially in the last 45 minutes of the film as the movie transitions to the top travelling in search of clues through various cities just posed by a song composed by Sneha Kanwalkar. There is a sense of lethargy in storytelling. As it is quite contrary to the initial pacing of the film. The movie could have easily chopped around 15 to 20 minutes of the movie and it would have possibly made this film perfect in every the way.

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The casting -  the fact that the creators managed to get such a spectacular cast together for the project is exemplary, to say the least, the film possesses all the talent you should sing praises for and spread their work whenever it comes out because they represent what the craft requires skilful performances and an effortless way of immersing themselves in any world created by individuals behind the camera. Nawazuddin Siddiqui the frustrated bachelor sharp and fearless in many ways Jatil Yadav are phenomenal in this film. The actor is more or less in every frame of the movie and carries the intensity and the much-needed element of any thriller or what's going to happen next intact with his believable and convincing performance. The contrast of his joke with his mother and his sense of assertion regarding the case is portrayed beautifully. It is so refreshing to see Radhika Apte back in the film she plays the role of a Radha, a bride whose husband dies on the night of her the wedding she has feisty opinionated and ironically the only sign of independence in a household, where women cease to have opinions of their own. The supporting cast of the film, each element is presented as if they belong in the world created by writer Smitha Singh. Sweta Tripathy has karuna you can literally see the helpless state of her character and the suffocation she feels in the otherwise palatial home literally dam ghute huye dekta hain haar scene main. Tigmanshu Dhuliya is the senior police officer and Aditya Srivastava as the MLA represents everything wrong with the bureaucratic systems in the country today both embody the characters we have seen in any official proceedings or organizations perfectly. Shredder Dubay as Jatil's partner on the case, Swanand Kirkere as the brother-in-law, Ishant Iyer the nephew, cunning and resolute in his way Shivani Raghuvanshi is Basuda the surface-level condescension oozing out of a character in every frame. Padmavati Rao as the matriarch, the representation of the systemic issues that persist in that household Ila Arun is one actor that I have to come to later. I can't say enough for the cast of the film the performances are absolutely spectacular.


Raat Akeli Hai IMDb 7.4/10


The writing -  Smitha Singh is definitely the unsung hero of this film not only has she written the dialogues the movie but is responsible for the screenplay as well as the story. Her impeccable writing especially stands out with respect to the interaction among several characters. Jatil Yadav's intimidation tactics with several family members that change depending on the characters and their demeanour are constant back and forth with his mother of wanting and searching for the perfect bride for him. Ila Arun and Nawazuddin were the highlights of the otherwise all over the place "Ghoom Ketu". They share such natural chemistry with one another that I couldn't help myself but laugh at every scene that showcased both of them. The film perfectly balances the humour as well as the dread. Never really getting saturated on either side, very indicative of Vishal Bhardwaj's sense of filmmaking that Honey Trehan is inspired by the exquisite use of humour even in the direst situations.



The theme in this movie is more than just a whodunit thriller. This film is a representation of the class differences that become extremely obvious in the process of law and order one which manipulates events for their suitability and the other that remain victims to the system. It is a commentary on how the judgement in India through class colour and caste is the prerequisite for any interaction progressing. "Raat Akeli Hain" showcases the irony of majority households, in India that spread sermons about respect and honour while behind closed doors that women are not able to love to think and express freely a reflection of the dread many women have to face both in the world as well as the establishment they call home to march on to bear the injustice to be passive and to keep marching on. "Raat Akeli Hain" creates a powerful statement through its storyline and that was the review guys write it down in the comments below what you thought about the movie please don't forget to follow "MovieShowReview" on Facebook. Have a good time.

Raat Akeli Hai Trailer


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