Bhediya review: Varun Dhawan starrer promises a comic entertainer!
Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon starrer Bhediya released today November 25 and the movie promises a great time. If you have to summarize the movie in one word then you can say this Amar Kaushik’s directorial is an ‘entertainer’.
Not to give any spoiler but the movie is about a road construction contractor, Bhaskar, who takes on a job to build a highway through the dense jungle of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. Bhaskar faces a lot of opposition from the tribals and his companions’ cousin JD, and friend Jomin. However, his life becomes chaotic after a series of unexpected deaths take place in the area after Bhaskar is bitten by a wolf.
The actors give great performances to match their roles and Varun also nails the transformation bit remarkably. Furthermore, the actor has also worked on his body, even more, to match the appeal of transformation through the bite which gives the nostalgic vibe of Toby Maguire Spider-man.
While we are on the subject, the movie also gives references to Breaking Bad, Royal Rumble, even viral memes, Jaani Dushman, Rahul Roy-starrer Junoon, the 90s animation show Jungle Book, and its title track ‘Chaddi pehenke phool khila hai,’. Besides that those who see the movie for the first time will surely think of the popular show Teen Wolf once after seeing the cinematography.
Nonetheless, the movie delivers well, from the horror jump scares to comic dialogues, everything sets up perfectly to give an entertaining time. Abhishek Banerjee as JD and Deepak Dobriyal as Panda become the life of the movie as the comic relief but the impact of Kriti Sanon’s character is less in the venture. Kriti delivers a good performance but one can say her potential has been limited by an underwritten character.
One thing that doesn’t work for the movie is the predictability of the cliché story which sticks out like a sore thumb due to the elongated 2nd half. With a strict edit that could have been better.
Varun Dhawan’s Bhediya is an ambitious project and with proper execution, it could turn into a franchise that could become the defining trait of the actor.