iriliş: Ertuğrul may be a hard one to top but Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Raat Akeli Hai managed to try to to that and has been trending at favorite on Netflix Pakistan since the past ten days. Hollywood’s recent teenage rom-com The Kissing Booth 2 has also proven to be popular among the Pakistani audiences and has been trending since it released on July 24. To be honest, The Kissing Booth 2 was a welcome addition to the highest 10 list which aside from Diriliş: Ertuğrul usually features dark or erotic (read: 365 Days) movies.
Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, Raat Akeli Hai may be a mystery which revolves round the murder of an upscale landlord on the night of his wedding. It appears that post the success of Sacred Games, Bollywood has found a replacement genre to explore – crime and therefore the corrupt police system of India. Many recent films and series have centred on this theme, for instance , Malang, Pataal Lok, The husband .
While Radhika plays the dead man’s newlywed wife Radha and therefore the prime suspect, Siddiqui plays the policeman who is investigating the case. The plot and story of the film are unoriginal and a few thing we’ve seen repeatedly before in Hollywood and Bollywood films (Most movie critics and some members of the audience have also compared it to Knives Out). during the film, I found several references to Amazon Prime’s Pataal Lok and Sonakshi Sinha-Sidharth Malhotra’s Ittefaq.
However, what makes the film worth a watch is that the brilliant execution, performances and cinematography. Nawazuddin, as always, delivered a stellar performance because the cop investigating the case. Apte also gave an honest performance as did the supporting cast of the film including Shweta Tripathi as Karuna Singh, Nishant Dahiya as Vikram Singh and Aditya Srivastava as Munna Raja. The chemistry between Nawazuddin and Radhika was crackling but it had been disappointed by the weak development of the script and wasn’t explored properly.
Moreso, as long as the film are often classified as a whodunnit (a complex, plot-driven sort of the mystery during which the puzzle regarding who committed the crime is that the main focus), it makes a fun one-time watch as you retain trying to work out who the killer is. Be prepared for a slow first-half and a confusing but relatively fast-paced last half – the last 20 minutes of the movie are the foremost engaging and hold your attention.
Teen rom-com The Kissing Booth 2 is that the exact opposite of Raat Akeli Hai. it’s a light-hearted film which doesn’t demand much, though I do wish it demanded less time. While the film was an enormous hit and therefore the makers have already announced that the film features a third part which has already been filmed and is currently within the post-processing stage, the film is nothing out of the standard . it’s a typical rom-com featuring two teenagers who try to work out a long-distance relationship and therefore the affect the luggage that comes with it. It can test your patience at a couple of instances especially when Elle tries to avoid being a clingy girlfriend but mostly it’ll have you ever rolling your eyes at the cliches. the manufacturers have also weaved in several subplots, creating a touch of a jumble.
The performances were also not something to talk off. Joey King who plays Elle and Jacob Elordi who plays Noah were dull and had limited expressions. Noah, especially , appeared to have a countenance throughout the film. the sole one that truly demonstrated his acting abilities was Taylor Zakhar Perez who plays Marco.
If you’re a lover of sappy, teenage rom-coms, give this a watch. Else be happy to skip it and leave it for the teenagers .