Kartik Aaryan is a revelation in this dark psychological thriller

Synopsis: A twisted version of love, loneliness and revenge. Freddy is a psychological thriller in which the player and the one who was tricked engage in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. This breed blurs the line between victim and villain.

Check: Haunted by childhood trauma, Dr. Freddy Ginwala (Kartik Aaryan) lives a rather drab but comfortable life in Mumbai. He is a respected dentist, but a lonely guy in his 30s with no one to call his own. With no friends except a turtle, no lover or parents, he longs for company. Their need for him borders on despair, as year after year he is stood up on dates, mocked and humiliated for his socially awkward existence, and shamed for trying his luck with the ladies. Despite his professional success and empathy for those in need, Freddy is perceived as a loser. Things take a drastic turn when he sees Kainaaz (Alaya F) at a wedding. Bitten by the love at first sight bug, Freddy plucks up his courage and approaches her only to be hit by her husband. The movie takes a dramatic turn as a major twist unfolds.

Freddy’s thoughts may resonate with Arthur Fleck, who wondered, “Is it just me or is he getting crazier?” For director Shashanka Ghosh and writer Parveez Sheikh, Freddy must be Joker (2019) in spirit and Ek Hasina Thi (2004) in execution. You even see Kartik playing the imaginary violin and doing creepy dance moves in the style of Joaquin Phoenix. The suspense and sinister energy surrounding Freddy is finely staged, immersing you in his story. The atmospheric ones add to the established tension. However, the second half feels unkempt and youthful. Once the mystery is dispelled, the psychological thriller turns into a mundane revenge drama that isn’t nearly as rewarding as the initial premise.

It’s good to see that Hindi cinema is heating up with psychological crime thrillers. The highlight of the film is the excellent unnerving performance of Kartik Aaryan. He is an absolute revelation as Freddy, a wronged man obsessed with love, seething with rage and yet calm as a cucumber. The actor changed his weight, body language, look and that characteristic smile to play Freddy and his efforts paid off. He’ll think twice before heading to his dentist, thanks to Kartik and his sociopathic portrayal of the main character. Alaya F does little to make his presence felt.

Freddy is quite attractive and brooding, but he hesitates to go all out. The movie starts off well, but falls short of its full potential. It looks at issues of mental health, childhood trauma, and their impact on an individual, something that deserves a deeper understanding. However, you can see this for Kartik and the brave successful attempt of him.

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