Fun ride with a good portion of humor

Bhediya is a creature comedy revolving around Bhaskar (played by Varun Dhawan) who is bitten by a werewolf and transforms himself into one. The film is directed by Amar Kaushik (Stree, Bala) and produced by Dinesh Vijan. In addition, Niren Bhatt wrote the screenplay for the two-hour, thirty-six-minute feature 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 will serve as cameraman and Sanyukta Kaza as editor.

The official synopsis of the film is as follows

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

-Bhediya Review Contains No Spoilers-

The film opens with a construction manager/responsible Bhaskar (Varun Dhawan) who is given the task of convincing the tribesmen of the Ziro Forest to donate their lands to 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 number of other associates.

Almost everything goes according to plan (like the first half of every Bollywood film) until Bhaskar is bitten by a wolf while crossing the forest. At first it appears to be just another rabies infection, but soon it morphs into a fun werewolf feature with some tiny and ignorable bugs.

Bhaskar eventually transforms into a mythical beast Vishaanu (in one of the most compelling VFX scenes I’ve seen in a Hindi film) who takes it upon himself to protect the interests of the forest. What follows next makes up the bulk of this unique creature comedy that is funny, adventurous, and light-hearted.

The greatest element of an Amar Kaushik or Dinesh Vijan flick is its thoroughly immersive atmosphere, which it mirrors almost like a traveling buddy comedy (Dazed and confused), overlaid with a supernatural theme. The unique talent of creating a world of its own in each of her films is a matter of complete amazement, and Bhediya, is no exception.

A still from the trailer for the film

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The film is also a social commentary on deforestation and ruthless development projects in protective forests and green spaces. And contrary to the recent trend of commercial films, it tries to be less preachy and more actionable. However, the level of this effort can vary from person to person.

The film’s core strength is the cast’s convincing performance, brilliant use of special effects, and funky montages of trippy songs, often followed by some really funny dialogue. If you stick around a little longer after the end, there’s a hysterical mid-credit scene as a fine reward.

Bhediya Final Thoughts

A still from the trailer for the film

The film is a highly entertaining ride full of hilarious moments (including Bhaskar being chained up by his friends before he turns into the werewolf) along with a subtle message of great importance. All in all, it’s a fun adventure that you can definitely enjoy with your friends and family. Also, the stunning cinematography will make you fall in love with the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.

You can watch the movie in cinemas while all other movies from the same horror comedy universe can be streamed on Jio Cinema. Let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.

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