Fun-filled ride with a heavy dose of humor

Bhediya is a creature comedy film that revolves around Bhaskar (played by Varun Dhawan) who is bitten by a werewolf and transforms into one. The film is directed by Amar Kaushik (Stree, Bala) and produced by Dinesh Vijan. Additionally, Niren Bhatt has written the script for the two-hour and thirty-six-minute feature film, while Sachin and Jigar have 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. Additionally, Jishnu Bhattacharjee is serving as the cinematographer and Sanyukta Kaza as the editor.

The official synopsis of the film reads like this

Bhaskar is bitten by a wolf on a very special yet magical night that happens once a year. Due to that bite, he gains the abilities and characteristics of the wolf and thus turns him into a werewolf on full moon nights!

-Bhediya’s review does not contain spoilers-

The film opens with a construction manager/in charge Bhaskar (Varun Dhawan), who is assigned the task of convincing the tribal members of the Ziro forest to concede their land for a road clearing project. In the process, he enlists the help of his cousin Guddu Gupta (played by Abhishek Banerjee), a local guide and friend, and a host of other associates.

Almost everything is going according to plan (like the first half of every Bollywood movie) until Bhaskar is bitten by a wolf while walking through the forest. At first, it appears to be just another rabies infection, but it soon turns into a fun-filled werewolf feature, with a few tiny, ignorable glitches.

Bhaskar is eventually transformed into a mythical beast Vishaanu (in one of the most convincing visual effects scenes I’ve seen in a Hindi film), who takes it upon himself to safeguard the interest of the forest. What follows forms the bulk of this first-of-its-kind creature comedy that’s funny, adventurous, and good-spirited.

The most important element of an Amar Kaushik or Dinesh Vijan film is its thoroughly engaging setting, which almost mirrors them as a fellow-traveller comedy (dazed and confused), layered with a supernatural theme. The unique talent of creating a world of his own, in each of his films, is a thing of utter awe, and Bhediya, is not an exception.

Bhediya
A still from the movie trailer.

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The film is also a social commentary on deforestation and reckless development projects in reserve forests and green areas. And unlike the recent trend of commercial movies, it tries to be less preachy and more actionable. Although, the degree of that effort can vary from person to person.

The central strength of the film is the convincing performance of the cast, the brilliant use of special effects and the funky montages of psychedelic songs, often followed by some genuinely funny dialogue. Also, if you stick around for a bit longer after the end, there’s a hysterical mid-credits scene as a nice reward.

Bhediya’s final thoughts

Bhediya
A still from the movie trailer.

The movie is a highly entertaining journey, filled with several hilarious moments (including Bhaskar being chained up by his friends before turning into the werewolf), along with a very important subtle message. All in all, it is a fun adventure that you can definitely enjoy with your friends and family. Also, the stunning cinematography will surely make you fall in love with the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.

You can watch the movie in theaters, while all other movies from the same horror-comedy universe are available to stream on Jio Cinema. Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section below.

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