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Director: Honey Trehan

Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Nishant Dahiya, Aditya Srivastava, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Written by: Smita Singh

Streaming on: Netflix

RAAT AKHELI HAI is an intriguing and gripping murder mystery and a thriller embedded in a complex family drama. RAAT AKHELI HAI explores greed, lust, corruption and the union between the police and state. The plot of the story is simple a murder of a powerful man takes place and an honest cop is investigating the case, the power full man here is Raghubeer Singh, a powerful and politically connected businessman in Kanpur, Raghubeer is found dead at the night of his second wedding with Radha (Radhika Apte), Jatil Yadav (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) an honest cop arrives at the scene to investigate the case, a plot we have seen several times in the past but what stands out is the way it’s being shot, narrated, acted and the various complexities and twists that occurs as the story moves forward is what keeps one hooked to the film.

One of the finest parts about the film is that it flows along smoothly, building for that one ultimate reveal rather than hampering you with unnecessary twists and turns. It is a beautifully written and crafted film.

Technically the film is brilliant; Cinematography by Pankaj Kumar stands out. A. Sreekar Prasad’s editing is also very tight, Production value is top notch. Smita Singh’s writing is the big winner here as she manages to make a big plot not look like overly written, every character is very well written.

Performances wise each and every actor plays their part to perfection. Nawazuddin Siddiqui flawlessly portrays the role of a witty and sincere cop; Radhika Apte is impeccable in her performance. Actors Shivani Raghuvanshi and Shweta Tripathi play their part very well, while Tigmanshu Dhulia and Aditya Srivastava, give the film depth and flavour.

Honey Trehan has done a magnificent job. It just doesn’t look like it’s his directorial debut. Honey Trehan keeps us in the film all the time and hits all the right chords.

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