Andhadhun Review: An Excellent Dark Comedy with No Blind Spots

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Andhadhun Review: An Excellent Dark Comedy with No Blind Spots

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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ntil Andhadhun, my favourite Sriram Raghavan moment was “Raabta” from Agent Vinod. The three-minute song shot in one surreal take evokes the feeling of a love ballad, but looks nothing like an archetypal Hindi love song. Instead, it’s a surrealistic, heavy-duty action sequence: A number of things unfold simultaneously while an ensemble of people flit in and out of the frame. One of them is a blind female piano player, an unconcerned, silent witness to the mayhem, who also supplies it with a background score. Whether she was really blind or pretending to be indifferent, was left unexplained.

Five years later, Raghavan offers a darkly comic rejoinder with Andhadhun, headlined by another seemingly blind piano player. Like “Raabta”, the film has a riveting sequence shot in one take, where Aakash (Ayushmann Khurrana) isn’t just a mute witness to a murder, but also accompanies its cover-up with a piano-themed background score. It’s an ambitious sequence, assembled with a comic nonchalance and meticulousness that has long become Raghavan’s trademark.

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