Horror and comedy films have always had a special audience in the Hindi film industry, which has been driving such films, but horror-comedy combination cinema is not seen much in Bollywood. After a few films like ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ and ‘Go Goa Gone, Amar Kaushik proved to be the filmmaker who gave a super hit horror-comedy as ‘Stree’ and now he is the only one to do horror and comedy with Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. They have brought ‘wolf’ painted in the colours of. After ‘Laxmi’, ‘Roohi’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ and ‘Bhoot Police’, the audience has developed an understanding of the mix of fear and humour, keeping that in mind, Amar Kaushik weaves the story of his film and Gotta admit they don’t disappoint.
Story of Bhediya
An ambitious Delhi-based contractor Bhaskar (Varun Dhawan) along with his cousin Janardan (Abhishek Banerjee) lands in a dense forest of Arunachal Pradesh with a contract to build a highway road. To bag this contract, Bhaskar has mortgaged his ancestral house and is determined to complete his project at any cost. On reaching there, he learns that the local people are viewing the project as tampering with nature. Thinking that their forests will be cut for this highway, they protest, but Bhaskar wants to persuade them by calling for development. Join (Palin Kabak), a local youth, joins him in his project, while Panda (Deepak Dobriyal) warns him of the impending danger. One night while returning from the forest, Bhaskar is bitten by a wolf, Bhaskar somehow saves his life, but the powers of the wolf come inside him. He becomes a willful wolf. Unaware of his truth, Janardhan and Join bring him to veterinary doctor Anika (Kriti Sanon) and get him treated for his injury. Meanwhile, Panda reveals that for years those dense forests have been inhabited by a virus (the wolf) and whoever tries to harm the forest, the virus destroys them. After this, the series of deaths due to wild animal attacks starts. The whole area gets engulfed in the dark shadow of terror. Will this series of deaths stop? Virus a myth or a horrifying truth? Will Bhaskar be free from the powers of the wishful wolf and become a normal man? You will find answers to all these questions in the film.
These shortcomings remained in the film
Filmmakers have always considered the combination of horror and comedy as risky, which is why limited films of this genre are seen, but Amar Kaushik, director of ‘Stree’ and ‘Bala’, manages to play it well. Although the first half of the film is a bit slow, after the interval, the film picks up the pace. The pre-climax of the film also seems a bit stretched. Some questions remain unanswered. Before watching the film, there was a feeling that it might not prove to be a cheap copy of the werewolf films so far, but its strong VFX proves the apprehension to be rootless.
Laughter and fear in the film along with the message
Varun’s transformation from human to wolf is effective. The director has managed to connect it with the forests of Arunachal. Apart from the VFX of the film, its cinematography is also a strong point. The beauty of Arunachal, the mystical forest and the milky moon of Poonam through the lens of Jishnu Bhattacharjee’s camera proves to be a visual treat. The film also has issues of social concern along with humour and horror. Like the destruction of nature in the name of progress, discrimination against the people of the Northeast, not considering Arunachal as a part of the country etc. Writer Niren Bhatt’s dialogues like ‘In today’s era nature’s ki kisko padi hai, hamare liye the pot kept in the balcony is nature.’, ‘No problem brother, for you who is a murder, for them (animals) it is dinner’ Or Shehnaaz Gill’s world-famous dialogue, ‘So what should I die?’ Thought-provoking as well as making you laugh. The music of the film is composed by Sachin-Jigar while the lyrics are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Songs like ‘Jungle Mein Kand Ho Gaya’ and ‘Baaki Sab Theek Thaak Hai’ have become good. Songs like ‘Chaddi pehan ke Phool khila hai’ have also been threaded into the film in a very light-hearted manner.
There is no less in terms of acting
Even in terms of acting, the film is no less. Varun manages to strike a balance between humour and horror in both Bhaskar and Bhediye. There was every possibility of his character going over the top, but he did not allow his character to be dramatized at all. After films like Badlapur, Sui Dhaga and October, Varun takes it a notch higher as an actor in this film. Kriti Sanon suits her different role and look. His role in the film is very important. Abhishek Banerjee and Deepak Dobriyal have got a fair amount of screen space in the film and both these actors have completed a dose of comedy based on their performances. Abhishek’s comic timing is good. Palin Kabak is innocent and sweet and lends a lot of comedy. The connection with the woman has also been shown at the end of the film.
If you are a fan of Varun Dhavan, at least watch this full of entertaining movie one time.
- Varun Dhavan Comedy
- Poor VFX
- Slow Story
- Comedy-Horror Theme