Raat Akeli Hai

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Raat Akeli Hai Movie Story

Raat Akeli Hai, movie is a crime thriller which is understated and compelling. It is  meticulously crafted whodunnit cast in the classic mould. It deals with shocking acts of moral depravity and foul language. It is a genre film about a cop out to nail a murderer, but it keeps worn out conventions down to the minimum. It unfolds in darkness visible and felt. The raat in the title refers not only to the hours between sunset and sunrise – but it also plays an important part in film’s key sequences and in its visualization.

Trehan is a meticulous director who has earlier crafted the screenplay of Sacred Games co-writer Smita Singh. His crafts are taut, gripping and mysterious that probes the hideous repercussions of patriarchy in a severely dysfunctional family. The whip-smart screenplay is bolstered by strong performances. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte deliver mind blowing performances that are perfectly in sync with the restrained tone of the storytelling. Released on Netflix, one should go and watch the deep ,dark and mysterious movie.

Raat Akeli Hai Story

Raat Akeli hai directed by Trehan has a scintillating title which itself says that something is going to happen. The film starts with a car being followed by a truck. The truck hits the car and the car flips over. A man alights and brutally kills both the driver and the lady who were in the car. The killer then takes the bodies to a factory and burns them with acid. While doing so, he accidentally spills acid on one of his own hands.

Set in UP, Nawazuddin Siddqui plays Jatil Yadav, an unmarried cop, who is summoned to investigate the murder of a family patriarch. The victim belongs to an illustrious dysfunctional family and every member living in his sprawling haveli is now a suspect. While every person has a reason to kill, it is up to Jatil to discover, whose motive was strong enough to perpetrate the crime. Starting the interrogation, it is revealed to Jatil that Vikram was the first one to discover Raghuveer’s dead body.

He also says that there was baraat crossing in-front of the house at that time. Jatil eventually finds out about back stairs which connects directly to a water tank and wonders if that route was used to carry out any suspicious business. 

During Jatil’s investigation, he begins to question the other members of the family as well. Jatil gathers the family in the courtyard and says, almost as a threat, “Aap sabko hum ek baat bata rahe hain. Yahan jo kaand hue hai na, hum karenge uski jaanch.” And once again, Nawazuddin rises above his diminutive physical stature to deliver a performance that positively demands attention. Later on, with many twists and turns, the story unfolds and audience come to know as who is the murderer and what was the reason behind the murder.

Jatil is an interesting character, portrayed by Nawaz with ease . In the tradition of fine fictional detectives, he is quite the blank canvas. Even in the face of corruption and red-tape, his sincerity is unquestionable At every turn, he is met with hurdles, be it his seniors or a local politician known as Munna Raja. Like the recent series Paatal Lok, Raat Akeli Hai also subscribes to the age-old cinematic trope that for a crime to be solved, the detective must first be suspended from duty.

The director, Trehan does the intelligent thing and surrounds himself with impeccably talented artists on his first film. Everyone, from Nawaz to Shweta Tripathi and Tigmanshu Dhulia to the cinematographer Pankaj Kumar (Talvar, Tumbbad fame) and writer Smita Singh (popular through Net Series Sacred Games), appear to be working in comfortable collaboration to serve a shared vision. Perhaps because of his experience in casting, Trehan is aware that he must not fall into the same trap that has consumed earlier murder mysteries: telegraphing the identity of the killer by hiring an actor who sticks out like a South Delhi boy in a Gurugram bar. 

Even Knives Out, a film with which Raat Akeli Hai shares its DNA, couldn’t avoid this. The moment Chris Evans stepped up in the second half, you knew something was up. But by casting actors of equal skill and popularity to play the members of Raghuveer Singh’s family, as a viewer, you’re constantly guessing, and mostly guessing wrong.

And that’s the beauty of this murder mystery Raat Akeli Hai. Raat Akeli Hai is more old-school in its approach; perfectly happy to play around with genre conventions without feeling pressured to make any grand statements about class or patriarchy in cow-belt India. A romantic subplot involving Jatil and the old man’s mistress feels tangential, and serves only as additional motivation for a man who doesn’t really need any.

Played by Radhika Apte, Radha, the ‘rakhael’, is an enigma of a character, no doubt modelled after classic film noir femme fatales, but regrettably reduced to nothing more than a damsel in distress. The women in Raat Akeli Hai are at the receiving end, victims of masculinity at its worst. While they often hang back and seem to convey no more than just silent agony, the actors, with their subtle articulation of bewilderment, calculated complexity and helplessness, infuse the film with deep melancholy.

For sure, Raat Akeli Hai isn’t only about the writing and the acting. The other inputs, too, are of the highest order. The film is lit and lensed with exceptional skill by cinematographer Pankaj Kumar. Every frame, composed with precise purpose, serves to accentuate or regulate the moment and its defining mood. And the editing by A. Sreekar Prasad is so masterful that not a minute of the two-and-a-half-hour film feels expendable.

Raat Akeli Hai Movie Cast

  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Inspector Jatil Yadav
  • Radhika Apte as Radha
  • Shweta Tripathi as Karuna Singh
  • Gyanendra Tripathi as Ravi Sisodia
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia as SSP Lalji Shukla
  • Shivani Raghuvanshi as Vasudha Singh
  • Aditya Srivastava as M.L.A. Munna Raja
  • Nishant Dahiya as Vikram Singh
  • Padmavati Rao as Pramila Singh
  • Ila Arun as Sarita Kumari, Jatil’s mother
  • Swanand Kirkire as Ramesh Chauhan
  • Shree Dhar Dubey as Narendra Singh/ Nandu
  • Ravi Sah as Truck Driver / Keval
  • Khalid Tyabji as Raghuveer Singh
  • Riya Shukla as Chunni
  • Vijay kumar dogra as chunni’s Father

Raat Akeli Hai Movie Poster

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Raat Akeli Hai Movie Credits

Directed by : Honey Trehan
Produced by : Abhishek Chaubey | Ronnie Screwvala
Written by : Smita Singh
Music by : Score: Karan Kulkarni | Songs: Sneha

Raat Akeli Hai Movie Review

Raat Akeli Hai, movie is a crime thriller which is understated and compelling. It is  meticulously crafted whodunnit cast in the classic mould. It deals with shocking acts of moral depravity and foul language. It is a genre film about a cop out to nail a murderer, but it keeps worn out conventions down to the minimum. It unfolds in darkness visible and felt. The raat in the title refers not only to the hours between sunset and sunrise – but it also plays an important part in film’s key sequences and in its visualization.

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Raat Akeli Hai Movie Release Date

31 July 2020

Raat Akeli Hai Movie Short Description

Raat Akeli Hai is a  crime thriller drama film directed by Honey Trehan, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia. For More Stay Tuned With Us

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