I can be honest and say I went blindly to see the movie at the behest of a friend. On the first day itself. I had virtually no inkling of what it was about.
I’m glad I did. Thank you.
Andhadhun takes you on a wild journey of a blind pianist. In effect, you see what he cannot, he sees what you can’t, you both see what the others cannot and no one can see where it is going to take them. It’s about accidents, incidents and co-incidences. A breathless ride that could well be in one of the world’s most difficult mazes – as soon as you turn a corner to what seems to be a way out, you’re blindsided by yet another bend or yet another wall. And you keep running looking for a way out.
NO SPOILERS here!
Andhadhun is about a blind pianist who is struggling to create a winning composition for a contest. He prides on his blindness helping him focus. That sums up the reason why a series of events happen that take him from A to B! Simple? Yes. Except everything from intrigue, murder, adultery, love, deception and heartbreak is tightly interwoven in this brilliant plot keeping you guessing, keeping you on the edge from the start till the screen fades into darkness at the end.
The characters are brilliantly fleshed out – very credible – even the deceitful ones. Even the cat, Rani, seems to have been cooperative! (Which is more than I can say about mine). Casting is brilliant. Ayushmann Khurana of course does a convincing job as Akash the blind pianist. Radhika Apte as his love interest is also good. Manav Vij in his brawny bulkiness portrays the police superintendent credibly. His wife played by Ashwini Kalsekar puts in a convincing performance too. Posing as the yesteryears star still in love with himself, Pramod Sinha played by Anil Dhawan is a good comeback! But unequivocally Tabu walks away with the honours as Mrs Sinha walks away with a brilliant portrayal of the cold-hearted wife of the yesteryears star. Her understatedness, grace and poise in each of the scenes – from the funny ones to the chilling are flawless. Hats off to her. Oh! And did I mention the cat?
So, what’s left?
Cinematography is good in the fact the camera becomes an almost-guilty way of looking through Akash’s ‘blind’ point of view (if there is something like that!)) but I still think it does not match that of Jagga Jasoos. It creates the requisite strain and tension and fortunately does not interfere with the twists and turns of a very clever plot.
But more than the story or the script or the characters or even the portrayal – what swept me away was how well the music was composed. According to me this film is owned, and I mean OWNED, by the music composer AMIT TRIVEDI. On screen and off, the music clearly makes the film. The music lifts the film and places it up there in terms of original score and composition.
The crowning glory of course is the piece that Akash plays when he is supposed to ‘serenade’ Tabu on her anniversary. You are swept away by the events but then realize that you are actually swept away by the music! Simply wonderful.
If there was one thing that I didn’t like was the disjointedness and the swinging between scenes I perceived in the beginning. In hindsight I feel it was the director Sriram Raghavan’s clever way of preparing you for the wild ride ahead.
So what are you to do?
I am sure your opinion on this film will differ from mine. All I can suggest is that you watch the film before passing the judgement. Surely, you’re not going to do it blindly!
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