Andhadhun

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Andhadhun
Andhadhun Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sriram Raghavan
Produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Matchbox Pictures
Written by Sriram Raghavan
Arijit Biswas
Pooja Ladha Surti
Yogesh Chandekar
Hemanth Rao
Starring
Music by Amit Trivedi
Raftaar
Girish Nakod[1][2]
Cinematography K. U. Mohanan
Edited by Pooja Ladha Surti
Production
company
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Matchbox Pictures
Distributed by Panorama Studios
Zee Studios (International)
Release date
  • 5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)[3]
Running time
138 minutes[4]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 25cr
Box office 70crore[5]

Andhadhun (transl. Blind melody) is a 2018 Indian black comedy crime thriller film directed by Sriram Raghavan. It stars Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Radhika Apte and tells the story of a piano player who unwittingly becomes embroiled in the murder of a former film actor.[6][7] It is inspired by the 2010 French short film L'Accordeur (The Piano Tuner).[8] The film was released theatrically on 5 October 2018, and received critical acclaim.

Plot[edit]

A farmer hunts a pesky seemingly visually impaired hare in a cabbage field beside a highway. As the hare hides behind a milestone on the highway the farmer spots it and takes aim with his gun.

Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a talented but seemingly blind pianist in search of inspiration. He spends his time fervently attempting to complete a musical piece which is an example of his finest art. The only people seemingly aware of his innocuous presence initially are a neighbouring kid who keeps testing him in attempts to see if he is truly blind, and a pet cat named Rani.

Akash is knocked over while crossing the road one day by Sophie (Radhika Apte) whose father owns a diner. Sophie is awed by Akash's talent and gets him a gig at the diner where he is noticed by yesteryear actor Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan). Pramod is married to Simi (Tabu) and to commemorate their wedding anniversary, invites Akash over for a private concert to his apartment. Sophie drops him back to his flat, whereupon it is revealed that Akash can see, as he watches Sophie drive away. Sophie is oblivious to this, however, and the two develop a relationship.

When Akash reaches Pramod Sinha's flat, Simi opens the door and is reluctant to let him in, but does so when she sees that her neighbour is watching the exchange. Simi, convinced that Akash is blind, allows him to play the piano inside. Akash begins, but immediately notices a body nearby. However, he feigns ignorance and continues to play the piano to maintain his charade of blindness.

Akash excuses himself and goes to the bathroom whereupon he sees Inspector Manohar (Manav Vij) hiding but acts as if he is unaware of him, since he is assumed to be blind. On his return to the piano, he manages to identify the body as that of Pramod Sinha. Simi and Manohar (who were lovers) clean the body up silently and put it in a suitcase to be disposed off while Akash resumes playing the piano — supposedly unaware. In a flashback, it is revealed that Pramod had lied to his wife about a supposed trip to Bangalore, but had, in reality, gone to bring anniversary gifts as a surprise for his wife.

Afterwards, Akash attempts to report the murder but is unable to, as he discovers that Manohar is an inspector in the police station. As Inspector Manohar would know Akash was aware the whole time, Akash finally ends up lying about the boy living downstairs, and convicts him of killing his cat Rani to change the reason of his approaching the police.

Simi manages to kill the neighbour who had also noticed Manohar's entry into the flat, once again in the unwitting Akash's presence, who is forced to continue his charade of being unaware of either of the murders.

Both Manohar and Simi continue to browbeat Akash, perpetually testing him to ascertain if he was really blind. Akash finally cracks when Simi manages to pour poison in his coffee in front of him, in an attempt to ascertain if he was really blind. Akash then insists that he doesn't want any problems, and just wants to leave for a concert in London. He then tells Simi that he faked the blindness as part of a social experiment in one of his pursuits for inspiration as an artist. However, he begins to choke, realising that a sweet that Simi had given him earlier was poisoned. Retching, he collapses.

Sophie comes by, and sees that the neighbouring child had recorded a video of Akash moving and seeing his way about like a normal person. Furious and heartbroken, she leaves him. Akash wakes up and, realising that he cannot see, fervently washes his eyes. He realises he has been blinded and demands that Simi restore his sight. Simi tells him to focus on his art and that no one would believe his story of her guilt on the two murders since he was a blind man, and leaves. After a discussion with Manohar, they decide that blinding Akash would not be enough as he could still reveal details, and Manohar comes back to finish the job. After a tense struggle, Akash escapes out to the road, faints and comes to in a shady clinic, which is revealed to be a front for illicit organ harvesting.

Dr. Swami (Zakir Hussain) and his two assistants decide to spare Akash and help him in his quest for gaining money required to reverse his blinding. They kidnap and subdue Simi and blackmail Manohar into bringing one crore rupees to a specified location. At this point several twists come about. The assistants tie Akash up with Simi to claim all of the money for themselves. They then extort the money from Manohar, who shoots one of them but gets trapped in an elevator by the other. Manohar, trapped, then ends up accidentally shooting himself, leaving his fate uncertain. The money extorted from Manohar is eventually revealed to be fake money.

Meanwhile, a desperate Akash removes Simi's blindfold after she helps him to free himself. Akash, blind but guided by Simi, attempts to escape while Simi frees herself and attacks him. Dr. Swami enters and the two of them subdue Simi. Dr. Swami and Akash tie Simi in the trunk of a car and begin driving. Dr Swami reveals his plans to harvest Simi's organs for six crore rupees and pay for Akash's cornea transplant, but Akash is morally perturbed by the notion. Dr. Swami drives away with Akash, with Simi bound in the trunk.

Two years later, in Europe, a travelling Sophie meets Akash (still apparently blind with dark glasses) at one of his gigs in Europe, where he tells her the entire story.

Akash then tells her that after Dr. Swami had driven away with him, Simi awakened in the trunk and started making noises. Dr. Swami dismisses Akash's scruples, stops the car and goes to the trunk of the car where he is swiftly overpowered by Simi. Simi then takes control of the car. Akash, thinking that it is still Dr. Swami at the wheel, continues to try to convince him to let Simi go. Hearing this, Simi drops Akash off and drives off but changes her mind and turns around, intending to run him over. At this point, the hare (from the beginning of the movie) slams into her windshield, causing her to lose control and crash. The car explodes, killing Simi with it.

Sophie hears the entire story and commiserates. She says Akash should have harvested Simi's organs and gotten his sight back. Akash, however, doesn't say a word and leaves with the help of his stick with a rabbit on it. Once out of sight, he uses the stick to smartly swat a can out his path.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The principal photography of the film began on 18 June 2017 in Pune.[1][9][10] Ayushmann Khurana who plays the role of a piano player in the film trained for two months under Akshay Verma, a pianist based in Los Angeles.[11][12][13]

Soundtrack[edit]

Andhadhun
Soundtrack album by Amit Trivedi, Raftaar and Girish Nakod
Released 21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)[14]
Recorded 2018
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 34:29
Language Hindi
Label Zee Music Company
External audio
Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Amit Trivedi chronology
Manmarziyaan
(2018)
Andhadhun
(2018)
Helicopter Eela
(2018)
Raftaar chronology
Manto
(2018)
Andhadhun
(2018)

The songs are composed by Amit Trivedi, Raftaar and Girish Nakod. The lyrics are written by Jaideep Sahni, Raftaar and Girish Nakod.

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Naina Da Kya Kasoor"Amit Trivedi3:30
2."Aap Se Milkar"Abhijeet Shrivastava, Aakanksha Sharma3:56
3."Wo Ladki"Arijit Singh4:12
4."Laila Laila"Amit Trivedi3:23
5."Oh Bhai Re"Shadab Faridi, Altamash Faridi3:25
6."Andhadhun Title Track" (Music & Lyrics by Raftar and Girish Nakod)Raftaar2:54
7."Andhadun" (Theme 01)Amit Trivedi4:15
8."Andhadun" (Theme 02)Amit Trivedi2:40
9."Naina Da Kya Kasoor" (Electronic)Amit Trivedi3:48
10."Aap Se Milkar" (Reprise)Ayushmann Khurrana2:26
Total length:34:29

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Andhadhun received critical acclaim.[15] Praise was directed to the intriguing screenplay, well-developed characters and performances, particularly those of Tabu, Khurrana and Apte. On review agreggator Rotten Tomatoes, Andhadhun has a 100% rating based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10.[16] Writing for Hindustan Times, Raja Sen gave the film five stars out of five, calling it a "terrific game of blind man's bluff".[17] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it four stars out of five, saying, "Watch Andhadhun with your ears, eyes and minds open. You will come away with your senses heightened." [18]

Rajeev Masand, of CNN-News18 gave it four stars out of five; he noted the well-crafted script, which keeps one guessing and utilized plot twists to good effect, and to the well-fleshed-out characters. He gave particular praise to Khurrana and Tabu, stating: "Ayushmann is in solid form, better than he’s ever been... But, not surprisingly, the film’s towering performance comes from Tabu. Her Simi is a woman of many faces, and the actress makes a meal of the part... the result is a deliciously twisted film that delivers more fun than any other Hindi movie this year." [19]

Box office[edit]

Andhadhun clashed with Loveyatri, and had a great business in India on day one.[20] It collected 2.70 Crores on day 1,leading to collect 5.10 Crores on saturday and 7.20 Crores on sunday.Overall weekend collection is 15 crores,thus leading with excellent trend. Film's overall collection in domestic box office till Thursday stood at 21 crores. The nine day total standing at a decent 45 crores.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Avinash Lohana (19 June 2017). "Radhika Apte reunites with Sriram Raghavan for musical thriller Shoot The Piano Player". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  2. ^ "NOT Shoot The Piano Player, the Ayushmann Khurrana – Sriram Raghavan film is titled Andhadhun". Bollywood Hungama. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Andhadhun to release on 5th October".
  4. ^ "Andhadhun | British Board of Film Classification". www.bbfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  5. ^ "Office: Worldwide collection and days wise break up of Andhadhun". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Ayushmann Khurrana says his character in Sriram Raghavan's film will shock people". Filmfare. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Shoot The Piano Player first look: Ayushmann Khurrana is almost unrecognisable". Hindustan Times. Asian News International. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  8. ^ Film Review
  9. ^ "Ayushmann Khurrana begins filming for Sriram Raghavan's next. Is it called Shoot The Piano Player? See photo". The Indian Express. Mumbai. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Radhika Apte, Ayushmann Khuranna announce their new film, Andhadhun". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  11. ^ Avinash Lohana (29 August 2017). "Ayushmann Khurrana learns piano for Sriram Raghavan's thriller, Shoot the Piano Player". Mumbai Mirror. The Times of India. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Why is Ayushmann taking piano lessons?". Rediff.com. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Andhadhun Total Box Office".
  14. ^ "Andhadhun - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Saavn.
  15. ^ "Andhadhun box office collection Day 1: Ayushmann Khurrana film riding on positive reviews". The Indian Express. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/andhadhun
  17. ^ https://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/andhadhun-movie-review-a-terrific-game-of-blind-man-s-bluff-5-stars/story-S7HfPWavwU2IWvv18GOt7I.html
  18. ^ https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/andhadhun-movie-review-ayushmann-khurrana-has-never-been-better-tabu-is-astounding-radhika-apte-pitc-1926582
  19. ^ https://www.rajeevmasand.com/reviews/our-films/aao-twist-karein/
  20. ^ https://www.ibtimes.co.in/love-yatri-andhadhun-box-office-collection-day-1-both-films-made-average-business-782367

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