Raat Akeli Hai movie review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s knives come out in the thrilling Netflix crime thriller
Raat Akeli Hai Movie Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a desi Hercule Poirot in the Netflix crime thriller, directed by Honey Trehan and featuring a good selection of cases.
The “Chhuris” are featured in Raat Akeli Hai, a crime film on Netflix that also marks an impressive directorial debut for Bollywood casting director Honey Trehan. It’s the rare Indian film that doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to tell its story, and it earns its daunting two-and-a-half-hour running time by deviating from the main plot when it wants to and fleshing out its archetypal characters with care.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in the role of Inspector Jatil Yadav, would love to ditch the gangster costume and don the cop suit, if only to scold journalists who ask him if he’s been typecast.
Watch the trailer of Raat Akeli Hai here.
When Raghuveer Singh, the wealthy patriarch of a landowning family in Uttar Pradesh, is found dead in his bedroom, Jatil is sent to investigate. With the dignified manners of Hercule Poirot and Benoit Blanc, he wanders the house, observing the crime scene with clinical passivity and assessing each member of the family. Soon it becomes clear to Jatil (and us) that everyone has something to hide; everyone has a reason to kill the old man.
After Jatil understands this, he gathers the family in the courtyard and says, almost as a threat, “Aap sabko hum ek baat bata rahe hain. Yahan jo kaand hue hai na, hum karenge uski jaanch.” And once again, Nawazuddin rises above his diminutive physical stature and delivers a performance that demands attention.