After experimenting with a few rom-com movies like Chaman Bahar and thrillers like Choked, Netflix India is back on its home pitch with two of its most iconic actors in tow, Nawazuddin Siddique and Radhika Apte. The India division of the popular OTT platform has just unveiled its latest offering in the crime-thriller genre, Raat Akeli Hai. The trailer looked bomb, and the movie does justice to the first impression the trailer creates. With two of the country’s most talented and loved actors gracing the screen, Netflix’s latest gets the audience high on adrenaline with its story-telling style and unpredictable nature.
Raat Akeli Hai: An Overview
Raat Akeli Hai is set in Uttar Pradesh. While investigating the murder of a rich and influential man, police inspector Jatil Yadav (played by Nawazuddin Siddique) uncovers dark secrets of a rich and renowned family that no one wanted to disclose. A string of events takes the back the story five years, and what seemed to be an innocuous murder turns out to be a lot more. Like its Indian peers of the same genre, Netflix’s Raat Akeli Hai also involves a tussle between an inquisitive police officer and a racket of politicians, and rich and powerful men.
Raat Akeli Hai Review: Actors and Unpredictability Bails Out a Contrived Plot
Acting: Nawaz and Apte put on a show
It is no secret that Nawazuddin Siddique and Radhika Apte are masters when it comes to acting. In Netflix’s latest movie, they prove their mettle for the umpteenth time. Portraying Jatil Yadav’s mental strength and determination alongside his weakness for Radha (played by Radhika Apte), the young bride of the murder victim and one of the suspects, would have been a herculean task for any actor. But the ease with which Nawaz does it is absolutely mesmerizing. Though Nawaz pulls off one of his best performances in this movie, Apte is close at his heels. After watching the movie, I was wondering who other than Apte could have pulled off Radha’s role in such an ingenious fashion. I thought long and hard but in vain. That is how difficult the role was, and Apte made it seem like child’s play.
Theme: Two-fold and adds a bit of uniqueness
Murder, suspense, and lust are often the key ingredients of a crime thriller, and it is no different in the case of Netflix’s Raat Akeli hai. But, the movie has a special ingredient that gives it exotic flavors and sets it apart from its crime-thriller peers– love. On the one hand, the movie shows uncensored violence while, on the other hand, it showers drops of romance. This contrast earns it quite a few brownie points.
To elaborate on this further, I have to give some spoilers. But TRB and I do not believe in ruining this beautiful movie for you. So, I would refrain. As you sit through the 149-minute running time, you will know what I am talking about.
Plot: Contrived and shows signs of desperation
Crime thrillers are historically infamous for their contrived plots. Anyone who is a fan of this genre might have predicted that Raat Akeli Hai is no different. But Netflix’s latest really overcooks things. Signs of desperation to surprise the audience are clearly visible by the way the story hoards hints until the end. Though this narration style makes it unpredictable, it also sours the good job that it does in the opening parts to reel the audience into the plot. If any Raat Akeli Hai review has to chalk out one negative point in this movie, I am quite sure this overly secretive and contrived nature would be it.
Cinematography: Plays an integral role in building up suspense
The cinematography of the movie deserves mention. Though I can’t disclose the scenes, I can tell you that there are parts in the movie when, despite not a word being spoken, the cinematography sent shivers down my spine. Had it not been for the incredible job done by the cinematography team, Netflix’s Raat Akeli Hain would not have been half the movie that it is.
Raat Akeli Hai is a treat to watch among all the latest Netflix movies. If you love crime thrillers, I suggest that you should definitely watch this movie. The overcooked plot is comfortably overshadowed by the engaging story and the acting masterclass that Nawaz and Apte put on.
If you are looking for movies from the crime thriller genre, we have a list for you. You can choose any movie from the ones listed below.
- A Most Violent Year
- Dark Crimes
For a more detailed list of thrillers, click here.
If you are a bookworm, we have a list of latest crime thriller releases for you:
- Find Them Dead by Peter James
- One Good Deed by David Baldacci
- Time For The Dead by Lin Anderson
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