Andhadhun is a rollercoaster of a film. Sriram Raghavan’s masterpiece wowed the audience with its unique plot. It was probably the best Bollywood film released in 2018. It even won the National Award for Best Hindi Film. Ayushmann Khurrana plays a blind pianist whose life turns 180 when he witnesses something he shouldn’t have. The movie takes off from there leaving the audience at the edge of their seats.
Honestly, this film is my personal favourite. And I believe I should get paid for the promotion I’ve done for it. I literally paid for 3 more people to watch it. FROM MY POCKET!
Moving on, our lead character Akash (Ayushmann) “accidentally” meets Sophie (Radhika Apte). Sophie offers Akash a gig at her father’s restaurant. Akash is an instant hit amongst the patrons and also our girl Sophie. As Akash is blind, she decides to play chauffeur for him. There’s an apparent spark between the two. Things eventually lead up the bedroom.
One night, when Akash and Sophie are returning from the restaurant, it starts raining. Both are completely soaked and Sophie decides to take a “rain check.” Sophie, believing Akash is completely blind, starts undressing in front of him. You could cut the sexual tension with a blunt knife.
Sophie, now wearing one of Akash’s T-shirt, helps herself to a drink. It is quite evident that our boy is definitely enjoying the company. Tipsy from a drink or two, Sophie finds a blindfold lying around. She wears it to “see” what Akash sees and Akash is rightfully concerned. Suddenly, he’s not in control anymore.
Akash takes Sophie’s drink and hands it to her before she stumbles and breaks anything. Our characters tremble as their hands meet. Akash touches Sophie’s face as his finger slowly makes way to her mouth. We cut to them, naked, on the bed. The beauty of this scene is in the context. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Akash is not blind but is merely pretending for experiment’s sake. Sophie, thinking Akash is blind, does not want an undue advantage over Akash. She wants to experience what Akash, or a blind person, might experience. Hence, the blindfold. Just when I thought I couldn’t be more impressed with the plot, Andhadhun proves me wrong. Mr Sriram Raghavan, how do you craft such ironic scenes?
Our couple spends the night together and we get a classic after-sex breakfast-fail scene. It’s rare to see so much context and thought put into a sex scene in a Bollywood movie. Filmmakers are still exploring sex in India, but this is exceptional.
Same, Sophie. Same.
Andhadhun is a near-perfect film. Not only did it give us great plot twists but it also gave one of the best sex scenes in recent times. Ayushmann and Radhika’s natural chemistry translates really well on the screen and elevates the sex scene to a lovemaking status. It’s been 2 years since Andhadhun released and we are still waiting for another movie to make us feel the way Andhadhun made us feel.