Bhediya movie review: This Varun Dhawan-Kriti Sanon rumble in the jungle is quite the romp

Bhediya Film Team: Varun Dhawan, Abhishek Banerjee, Paalin Kabak, Deepak Dobriyal, Kriti Sanon
Bhediya Film Director: Amar Kaushik
Bhediya movie rating: 3 stars

People turning into wolves is so familiar that the thought of seeing another version didn’t make me jump: I’m happy to report that a lot ofBediya‘, in which the main character turns into a wolf ‘icchha-dhaari’, delightful.

And there’s some pretty cool fun at that: the movie was shot in Arunachal Pradesh, the gorgeous state in the Northeast that’s still untouched by tourists. On a mission to build a road that cuts right through a lush forest, Bhaskar Sharma (Varun Dhawan) finds himself transformed into a wolf, you know, the creature that sleeps at the moon full, crying again through the valley. Bhaskar’s companions Guddu (Abhishek Banerjee) and Jomin (Paalin Kabak) do the amazing-horrible-now-what-to-do number, even as a local vet (Kriti Sanon) shoots an injection suspiciously into Bhaskar’s back, a body part that yields. himself to an endless stream of juvenile pranks.

In fact, juvenalia rules to a large extent throughout the film. Much of the humor takes the sarcastic route, finding its joy in, literally, the people sitting on the pot, the current, and the sights and smells of there Guddu, playing the hero’s BFF/sidekick, clowns well, and is so determined that we laugh at his antics, that we comply.

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Dhawan does a good job of aligning with the tone of the film – the horror is mostly ‘naam-ke-vaaste’, it’s comedy that interests him – and he gets a few turns for precise turns , from a man to a werewolf, even if the creature varies between looking terribly real to one that is constructed with graphics. Back-swinging, hair-pulling, tail-sprouting, teeth-sharpening – the CGI guys are clearly having a good time. So is Dhawan, who puts his ability without using himself seriously, and who works to the benefit of the film.


In fact, the whole point of ‘Bhediya’ is to show Bhaskar and his friends the error of their foolish ways, and we get several lectures emphasizing ‘prakriti’ and ‘progress’, and so on. the importance of forest and nature conservation. But the characters speaking these lines are able to preach, and part of that has to do with a local man (Deepak Dobriyal, almost unrecognizable in a shaggy wig) who is a bridge between these fake fake people, and the people of the area. who care about their environment. The film also slips in a few speeches about racism: ignoramuses from North India call a local chowmein, at least once, and make fun of ‘outsiders’ before they learn their lesson.

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The film gets worse by finding out exactly what it wants to do with its only female character, even in the scant glimpse: when Sanon is taken in, like ‘jaanwar ka doctor’, we are encouraged to laugh at her, and the script takes its own sweet time to correct that initial reaction. He also goes overboard by saying that the locals are superstitious, saying ‘yahaan toh aise hi hota hai’: ‘ojha’ appears to unpack the werewolf legend , and the shamanesque picture comes so close to a play.

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But again, the film pulls back, just in time, with a line or two of well-judged rhetoric, and its characters goofing around like silly idiots to some zippy tracks. This is where the film is convincing, and this is where director Amar Kaushik is more confident, as he has given us similar characters in his ‘Stree’, and earlier ‘Bala’. And since these people are on screen most of the time, the maximum amount of silly idiom done with precision is about as good as we get. A moving moment or two, shared between Sanon and Dhawan, breaks the ha-ha-hee-hee, and gives some depth. But as determined as the film is not to be ‘bad’, those moments come and go, making you wish there were more of them.

Clocking in at 2.36 hours, ‘Bhediya’ begins to wear out its welcome around its peak. But when the track is good, this rumble in the jungle is quite a romp.


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