Release Date: 5th October, 2018
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte, Tabu, Anil Dhawan
Director: Sriram Raghavan
AndhaDhun Movie Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, Radhika Apte, Manav Vij, Anil Dhawan
Director: Sriram Raghavan
What’s Good: It’s as unpredictable as a woman who’s angry! The amount of twists and turns, unparalleled performances by everyone and the beautiful usage of music throughout
What’s Bad: That it ended! Yes, it holds your interest so well that when it ends you’ll feel “Why! There should have been more of it”
Loo Break: Once you’re in the film, you’ll skip your heartbeat multiple times, forget about taking a break!
Watch or Not?: An amazing thing about this film, it can be enjoyed by any genre lover. It’s not just limited to being a thriller, it has its comical moments, it has music & everything to keep you entertained
Akash, a blind pianist (or not?), has a dream of moving to London for some kind of Piano competition. For days he’s trying to complete his piece and then he meets Sophia (Radhika Apte). Sophia helps him to play at a club where he meets Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan) who’s has been a star of 1970s. Pramod invites Akash to play for his wife Simi (Tabu) on her birthday.
Meanwhile, a love story starts brewing between Akash and Sophia but it all starts getting complicated when he decides to go to Pramod Sinha’s house. Unknowingly he along with Simi gets involved in a crime scene. I can’t give any spoilers so I’ll not explain the story further, just understand one thing it’s much more than I can ever write in these limited words.
AndhaDhun Movie Review: Script Analysis
Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar and Pooja Ladha Surti have penned the script. Inspired from the French short film L’accordeur [writer and director: Olivier Treiner], the story is so layered that at no point you can guess what’s coming next for you. One major takeaway from the film will be how it made everyone laugh even on the serious scenes. That’s the most toughest thing to perform when it comes to writing, and Raghavan has pulled this off with style.
Thrillers come with a baggage of having logic because they aren’t Salman Khan films that will require to put your brains on pause before watching. AndhaDhun, thankfully, is logical as Raghavan clearly explains everything happening on screen instead of going the Inception route. Being a music sucker, AndhaDhun will always have a special place in my heart because of how well it had been used in the film. It also proves one thing why no high budget is required when you’ve such a strong script in hand. Also this doesn’t mean movies like 2.0 or Thugs Of Hindostan can work just on script but Bollywood has many Genius examples of Paltans who tried to be Fanney Khans on the basis of budget. Also please add movies like Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se and Vishwaroop 2 to the previous line, I couldn’t because it could’ve broken the flow of the sentence.
AndhaDhun Movie Review: Star Performance
The best of Ayushmann Khurrana’s career, without any doubt. Mind you, he has some outstanding performances in movies like Vicky Donor, Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. But AndhaDhun has risen him up to another level. This movie proves my point of why someone like Ayushmann Khurrana has still not got his due in Bollywood. He’s one of the BEST actors we have. Just go watch AndhaDhun and send me personal message if you feel I’m wrong.
Despite Ayushmann’s flawless performance, Tabu gets the most fiercely written character. She always has a bone to pick and that doesn’t change till the end. Her character graph is solid because she’ll gain your sympathy and at the same time will backstab you. Radhika Apte has very limited presence but once again she proves her worth of being an outstanding actress. She has got some very funny dialogues to mouth and there are no doubts how she must’ve nailed them.
Manav Vij as the bulky police officer does well in his small role. More than his physique he talks through his eyes and very cleverly shifts his gears from being furious to being helpless in a single scene. Anil Dhawan is amazing as Pramod Sinha. Ashwini Kalsekar as Rasika has a very limited scope but shines well in that one particular scene. Zakir Hussain as Dr Swami is hilarious in his scenes and is a solid performer. Chhaya Kadam as Maushi leaves the desired impact backing the strong supporting cast. Actors playing the little kid, Murli and Mrs. D’Sa are also very good.
AndhaDhun Movie Review Quicker: AndhaDhun which was early titled as Shoot The Piano Player revolves around Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana) who is an aspiring Pianist. Stuck with an incomplete piece, he’s finding an inspiration to finish it. Another track running parallel is of Simi (Tabu) who wants to become an actress.
The movie starts with Ayushmann playing his incomplete 90-second piece on the Piano. He accidentally meets Sophie (Radhika Apte) who then helps him to play in a club. Over there he’s noticed by an yesteryear actor Pramod Sinha and he calls him for private sessions for him and his wife Simi.
The entire mystery of whether Ayushmann is blind or not is handled brilliantly by Raghavan. Backed by an outstanding performance by Ayushmann Khurrana, the first half is packed with moments that keep you on the edge of your seat. Another best thing to notice about the film is its writing (Sriram Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar and Pooja Ladha Surti). The punny dialogues just add up to the perfection. Radhika Apte gets some of the best dialogues and she totally does the justice. Tabu, the ever beautiful, is brilliant as Simi and she gets the most layered character of all.
AndhaDhun marks the first collaboration of Raghavan and actor Aayushmann Khurrana. Ayushmann who plays a blind piano artist, recently said he prepared a lot to get into skin of the character. “I think I haven’t been part of such a difficult script and I haven’t played such a difficult character in any of my films yet.” WHICH IS TOTALLY TRUE!
The story has been written by Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti, Yogesh Chandekar along with Raghavan. The movie, releasing on Friday, features Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte. Stick to this space for full review!