Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte, Anil Dhawan
The makers of Johnny Gaddar & Badlapur are back again with a nice and twisty tale this time by the name “AndhaDhun”. It is an official adaption of the French short film “The Piano Tuner”. Clearly the trailer gives us a crisp glimpse of what the story might be like at the theatres but what it doesn’t show is “how” it actually unfolds.
PLOT (just a gist!)
Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a blind pianist who lives in Pune and is looking forward to moving to London eventually in pursuit of music. Sophie (Radhika Apte) is a happy go lucky person who instantly falls for Akash and his magical talent for music and is heading towards having a serious relationship with him. She owns a restaurant by the name “Franco’s” and offers him a gig. Simi Sinha (Tabu) is a beautiful wife filled with lust and greed, married to a veteran actor Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan) who is now leading his life with the faded stardom. How are these characters related? One incident in Akash’s life leads to another and finally gets himself entangled into a web of problems & lies as he becomes a key witness to a murder scene. Wait! What? Didn’t I mention he was blind? Will Akash manage to get out of this whole mess forms the rest of the story. You may then wonder if there was a rabbit in the movie as seen in the trailer. Go watch it to know more!
Highlights & Setbacks
Surprisingly the movie has such a twisted plot which is equally gripping, you may wish the movie continued for some more time! I sincerely felt it was short and crisp and craved for more post interval. It has the finest cinematography & screenplay, and really apt direction by Sriram Raghavan. The musical bits are very soothing and adds another feather to the already bright cap that is this movie!
Tiny details are well captured and there are these pretty nice links to various things in every scene. Referring Simi (Tabu) as Lady Macbeth, use of Sholay Dialogues etc are some of these little things. The movie seems to pay tribute to the music shows on Doordarshan and also mentions the valuable contribution of Anil Dhawan to the Hindi Cinema. All the characters behave in the most unexpected way, making it more interesting every other time. The movie did justice to all the roles every actor played including the rabbit! The entire cast had great relevance and stood out for their individual performances. I simply can’t get Tabu’s character out of my head, she definitely was the show stopper like always! Sriram Raghavan co-wrote this piece with his cowriters Pooja Ladha Surti, Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar and Hemanth, I guess these people have hit a jackpot dream team! I really can’t think of a setback as I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
Johnny Gaddar was one of my favourite films. I had to watch AndhaDhun as it came from similar minds. The movie has a line “What is life? It depends on the liver”. The lines in this movie have a meaning and most of them are deliberate. They “ALL” point to something and have a double meaning in them. The movie leaves with an abrupt ending giving the writers a fair chance to work on the sequel. This truly was a nice dark comedy thriller and an engaging movie after a long time!
P.S: Due credits to respective owners for the images from Google.