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‘Andhadhun’: Intelligently mounted with unexpected twists

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Film: “Andhadhun”; Director: Sriram Raghavan; Cast: Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte, Zakhir Hussain, Ashwini Kalsekar, Manav Vij, Chaya Kadam, Anil Dhawan, Gopal K. Singh; Rating: ****

Director Sriram Raghavan’s “Andhadhun” is a taut, skillful and surgically effective murder mystery. It is the story of a man who finds himself trapped in a surrealistic nightmare.

Paying tribute to yesteryear’s musical programmes “Chitrahaar” and “Chayageet”, the story’s setup is more entertaining than the payoff; as Alfred Hitchcock observed, suspense plays better than action and the film delivers, right up till the final moment.

For most of its length, “Andhadhun” functions so efficiently that we put the cause and its effects on hold and go with the action. Set in Pune, the plot despite being predictable at times, unravels like a page turning novel with twists at every junction as the thrill is in its suspense.

Also, the humour is well-balanced. It flows naturally in this thriller. The offbeat one liners like, “invisible tension mujhe suit nahin karta, pimple ate hain face pe” or when the terrified inspector tells his wife, “I love you only, jaanu” is what keeps you in splits.

The characters are interesting and astutely crafted. As victim of circumstances, Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu, are both convincing. Tabu, as the dogged and ruthless Simi, in a noire avatar is a delight to watch. Her’s is a character that has never been witnessed on the Indian screen before.

Ayushmann hits the bulls-eye as Akash, the blind music enthusiast trying to concentrate and be focussed in order to get some inspiration to create good music. You don’t empathise with him when he gets roped into the murder of Pramod Sinha an acquaintance who he meets at Franco’s, an upscale restaurant, where he plays the piano, instead you gape at the screen with your jaws wide apart, keen to know what’s next?

Anil Dhawan as the faded star, Pramod Sinha who is married to a much younger Simi, is a bit pigeon-holed and their “third wedding anniversary surprise” is a bit predictable.

Radhika Apte as Akash’s love interest Sophie delivers efficiently with a very obligatory performance.

Manav Vij as the police inspector and Ashwini Kalsekar as his wife, Zakir Hussain as the unscrupulous Dr. Swami and Chaya Kadam along with the character Suraj as opportunist taking advantage of the situation, add strength to the zesty plot.

With ace production qualities the film is astutely mounted. Music is an integral part of the narrative and old songs mesh seamlessly in the narrative. Of the original track the song, “Oh Bhai re”, sounds abrupt, forced and an aberration in the narrative.

The camera work and editing are flawless. The first scene where the hunter is chasing the hare in a cabbage field is intelligently integrated into the narrative and that is when the brilliance of the Director and his team, hits you.

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Kerala Government Promises High Court; Will allot 2 days exclusively for women in Sabarimala

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New Delhi: Kerala government on Friday advised the Kerala High Court that it might take steps to ensure entry of women on the Sabarimala shrine. The Kerala government stated that they may be prepared to allot two days solely for entry of girls inside the temple. Four women have filed a petition in Kerala High Court in search of police protection for Sabarimala go to. They have sought guidelines from the court to state government to ensure protection and reserve days to facilitate only girls’s access inside the temple. The temple is slated to remain open until December 26, followed by way of some other month-long window till January 20, for an annual pilgrimage.

Many girls, together with social activists and journalists, have tried to attain the hilltop shrine in Sabarimala on account that Supreme Court’s verdict on September 28, in which, the apex courtroom allowed the entry of girls between the age group of 10-50 to go into the shrine. Protestors have however blocked the access of women and instead, urged the country government to take felony steps to revert the Supreme Court’s verdict.

The devotees believe that Lord Ayyappa is living in the Sabarimala in a nation of everlasting celibacy and women inside the menstruating age group have been banned from coming into the shrine. A Supreme Court bench, headed via former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, but, ordered that women have to be allowed to go into the temple, bringing up gender equality.

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Baby Girl in India miraculously survived even after being ‘run over’ by Train; Watch Video

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This is a one year old girl’s great scrape from death in India.

She dropped onto the tracks moments before a train got here roaring through the station in Uttar Pradesh state.

Remarkably, the one-yr-old survived.

Footage confirmed the baby’s body fitting smartly among the rails, that means the train surpassed over her with out inflicting any harm.

Her mom had in advance accidentally dropped her among the platform and the carriage as she was getting off any other train.

The incident happened in Mathura on Tuesday.

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Irrfan was my acting school: Mithila Palkar

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Mumbai, Nov 23; Mithila Palkar says acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan was like an “acting school” for her when she worked with him in “Karwaan”.The movie features Irrfan and Dulquer Salman.

On her experience of working with two well-known actors in the industry, Mithila said in a statement: “Initially it took me time to realise that I am sharing screen space with Irrfan Khan. But when I started working with him, a lot of times I would end up laughing in a scene.

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“I have never been to an acting school and on the sets of ‘Karwaan’, Irrfan was my acting school. By observing him, I learnt to improvise in the scenes along with focusing on the smallest of the details.”

Mithila also revealed her current favourite in Bollywood is Alia Bhatt. She feels Alia carries out brilliant roles with ease, and that really inspires her to push herself to perform better.

“Karwaan”, directed by Akarsh Khurana, will air on Sony Max on Saturday.

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