Movie: Raat Akeli Hai’
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Nishant Dahiya, Ila Arun, Swanand Kirkire, Aditya Srivastava, Khalid Tyabji and others.
Director: Honey Trehan
A newly married landlord (Khalid Tyabji) is murdered on the day of his marriage in the presence of his whole family in the house. The cop’s (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) investigation is complicated at every step by the secretive family of the victim.
Whodunit genre of movies has come into inception since the era of films started. In these many decades or rather century, we have seen tons of murder-mysteries which are solved and the most shocking person turns out to be the killer. Over time, people who live movies seem to understand the writer’s mind and predict the suspense way before the investigating person does it in the movies. When Raat Akeli Hai trailer came out, it gave me major vibes of Murder on the Orient Express and Knives Out.
The film starts with twin murders and fasts forward to five years when another murder takes place of a patriarch and that too on his wedding night. The investigating officer is appointed played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who sees everyone as accused or eye-witness for this heinous crime. As he further investigates, he finds out that the person, the landlord got married is a young woman Radha played by none other than Radhika Apte. Citing her as a gold-digger, he along with other family members think that she must have done it to become the successor of the house and all his properties.
Nawazuddin and Radhika are indeed the stars of the film and there’s no confusion about that. They make sure to own every frame with their subtle performance like in every outing.