Bhedia is a creature comedy film that revolves around Bhaskar (played by Varun Dhawan) who is bitten by a werewolf and turns into one himself. The film was directed by Amar Kaushik (The Street, Bala) and produced by Dinesh Vijan. Moreover, Niren Bhatt wrote the script for the two-hour and thirty-six-minute film, while Sachin and Jigar composed the soundtrack.
The full cast of the film includes Kriti Sanon as Dr. Anika Mittal, Deepak Dobriyal as Raju Mishra, Abhishek Banerjee as Guddu Gupta, Arnob Khan Akib as Chahal, Paalin Kabak and Sharad Kelkar. In addition, Jishnu Bhattacharjee is the cameraman and Sanyukta Kaza is the editor.
The official synopsis for the film reads:
Bhaskara was bitten by a wolf on a very special but magical night that happens once a year. Because of this bite, he gains the abilities and characteristics of a wolf, turning him into a werewolf on a full moon!
-Bhediya Review does not contain spoilers-
The film opens with the construction manager/responsible Bhaskar (Varun Dhawan) tasked with persuading members of the Ziro forest tribe to grant their land for a road clearing project. He is assisted in this by his cousin Guddu Gupta (played by Abhishek Banerjee), a local guide and friend, and a bunch of other helpers.
Almost everything goes according to plan (as it does in the first half of every Bollywood movie) until Bhaskar is bitten by a wolf while walking through the forest. At first it seems like just another rabies infection, but it soon turns into a fun werewolf trait with some minor and minor flaws.
Eventually Bhaskar transforms into the mythical beast Vishaanu (in one of the most compelling visuals I’ve seen in Hindi films) who takes it upon himself to protect the interests of the forest. What follows makes up the bulk of this first-of-its-kind creature comedy, funny, adventurous and good-natured.
The essential element of films about Amar Kaushik or Dinesh Vijan is their completely addictive atmosphere, which almost reflects them as a comedy about traveling buddies (Dazed and confused), layered with a supernatural theme. The unique flair for creating your own world in each of their films is astonishing and Bhedia. is no exception.
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The film is also a social commentary on deforestation and reckless projects to develop protected forests and green spaces. And unlike the recent trend of commercial films, it tries to be less preachy and more actionable. Although the degree of this effort can vary from person to person.
The film’s main strength is its convincing acting, brilliant use of special effects, and funky cuts of trippy songs, often followed by some really funny dialogue. What’s more, if you stay a little longer after the end, you’ll get a hysterical mid-credits scene as a great reward.
Bhedia’s final thoughts
The film is a highly entertaining ride filled with a few hilarious moments (including Bhaskar being chained up by his friends before he turns into a werewolf) as well as a subtle message of great importance. All in all, this is a fun adventure that you can definitely enjoy with your friends and family. Moreover, the breathtaking cinematography is sure to make you fall in love with the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.
You can watch the movie in theaters and all other movies from the same horror comedy universe are available for streaming in Jio Cinema. Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments section below.
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