Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays an unmarried super cop, Jatil Yadav from Uttar Pradesh is on a hunt to solve a patriarch murder mystery of an influential landlord on his wedding night, under mysterious circumstances.
The victim belongs to an illustrious dysfunctional family and every member living in his sprawling haveli is now a suspect. The different aspect in this thriller is that every family member has a reason to kill the victim but Jatil Yadav is on a hunt to find a member with a stronger motive.
Another narrative which goes parallel with the murder mystery is that the super cop’s mother is keen to get his son married and is on a bride hunt for him. Embarrassed by his lack of choices, being rejected in the marriage market and his mother’s attempts at landing him a wife at random weddings, he buries himself in work.
As fate would have it, work leads him to love. He finds himself drawn to a reclusive Radha (Radhika Apte), the bride of the elderly rich man, who was killed. It continuously makes us wonder if the attraction would lead him to falter his judgement as a cop.
The film is an unpredictable series of event and the murder mystery makes us curious about who did it rather than why and how. With every new twist, our prediction for the killer changes. The story is well written but the characters lack depth.
Nawaz is a police officer here, who displays the deduction skills of a detective while battling the corrupt system and his unknown powerful nemesis. The acting performances are powerful but the love angle after a point of time looks dragged.
The ending of the movie is slow and the screenplay becomes towards the end. While we expect more to the love angle, it leaves us with a poker face towards the end.
Overall, Raat Akeli Hai gives you the unpredictability but fails to engage you as what it is expected from a crime thriller. A good watch for all the Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte fans.