Bhediya Movie Review: Varun Dhawan’s werewolf movie has layers of interpretation, making it an charming watch (Pic: Twitter)
Varun Dhawan’s Bhediya takes the viewers to the forests of Arunachal Pradesh, where Bhaskar Sharma (Varun), a budding contractor, has been tasked with carving a freeway, right through the middle of the forest – which by the way has social, non secular and cultural significance for the locals. Despite warnings from the residents, Bhaskar, who has in tow with him, his cousin Guddu (Abhishek Banerjee) and friend Joe (Paalin Kabak), carries on along with his plans, only to be bitten by a wolf on a full moon evening.
The bite offers him the talents of a lycan and soon enough, the Delhi lad develops an acute sense of smell, hearing, some rock strong abs and the ability to turn right into a werewolf. But underneath all the delights of a horror-comedy, the director addresses issues which have bigger implications.
Bhediya is an unusual movie in plenty of ways. The film, whereas carving a path in lycan lore in India through the adventures and misadventures of Varun Dhawan’s Bhaskar Sharma, also successfully, and evocatively incorporate the culture and the lens by way of which the rest of the nation is taking a look at Northeast – along with the prejudices, alienation, casual discrimination and the trials and tribulations they go through.
At a extra cinematic level, what Bhediya manages to do within the Indian leisure trade is what John Landis’ 1981 horror comedy An American Werewolf in London did for world cinema. The film, a critical and business success, brought to mainstream media the celebration of shock-value, garbed in humour, in addition to an allegorical illustration of subdued societal points.
Would I consider anyone else within the function of Bhaskar other than Varun Dhawan? Probably not. Varun has carved for himself a niche in Bollywood, the place he can effectively seem heroic, even while making the audience’s stomach rumble with laughter. The actor’s innate capacity to make use of humour to his advantage is unparalleled in up to date instances, a feat he manages to attain even in his latest venture. Also, to find a way to utterly immerse oneself in a personality which will get overshadowed by a fictive creature’s CGI representation and but handle to still make it his personal, is probably something that the up to date crop of artistes, besides Varun, would battle to attain.
Abhishek Banerjee and Paalin Kaban offer commendable foils to Varun’s Bhaskar and dialogues between the three are some of the highlights in the film. Kriti Sanon as Dr Anika, who will get pulled into the tirades of the three musketeers is pleasant in her uncertainty, and in a movie largely dominated by male characters, provides a subtlety that markedly stands out. Needless to say, she has a larger role to play in the scheme of things – something that will depart the viewers shocked – but, no spoilers here.
In all honesty, the place Amar Kaushik has actually excelled is in his representations of the canids within the movie. The transformation of Varun Dhawan from a human to a shaggy lycanthrope makes for some pleasant viewing, hitherto unseen in Indian cinema. Not one single time do their appearance within the movie really feel animated, and the CGI beings match proper into the narrative, propelling the plot forward in path of an efficient denouement.
Bhediya isn’t devoid of issues. The first half, save for a very peppy quantity Baaki Sab Theek sung by Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya and Amitabh Bhattacharya feels incongruous and the motion solely picks up publish interval. Where Bhediya really falters, however, is the marked lack of an anti-hero, or villain. In making an attempt to show the hero-trope the incorrect means up, the director has failed to provide the film, an evil catalyst, which might have actually elevated the plotline.
What works for Bhediya is its soul. Amidst the narrative of a werewolf flick, the director has craftily etched problems with identity, illustration (or misrepresentation), importance of nature, and above all the all-prevailing understanding of balance, to nurture progression. To say the least, this carnivorous Bhediya, just isn’t devoid of a coronary heart.