Full review, Andhadhun:


In Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun, everyone is wicked to a fault. There is a blind man (Ayushmann Khurrana as Akash) whose disability and motives induce suspicion. A wily seductress (Tabu as Simi) who makes us question when she’s pretending and when she isn’t. An auto driver and a lottery notes hawker have different jobs when the sun goes down. Even the unnamed kid running around in the compounds of Akash’s house has some impish ideas up his sleeve. There is devil in the detail and in the foreshadowing. Simi mixes a spicy gravy, gets her hands all red and hugs her husband, yesteryear star Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan kind of playing himself). She has blood on her hands long before we see blood elsewhere. The yesteryear star is still living in his yesteryear. His house is dotted with posters of his old films and he checks YouTube comments – his version of “googling oneself” –  under his songs to see if anyone’s commented about him. Andhadhun, in true Sriram Raghavan fashion (writing credits to Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti and Yogesh Chandekar) is wicked, beginning to end. Except for one person – Radhika Apte’s Sofie. She’s the only character capable of registering offense. She expresses shock and surprise at some of the things she sees and hears. Even Simi inquiring about her relationship with Akash is alien to her. She is our, the audience’s, stand-in. Everyone else is incapable of feeling anything.



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