Raat Baaki Hai Review : A dreary one-night adventure

STORY: On their engagement night, Kartik Sharma’s fiancé Vani Chopra is brutally murdered. Post that, Kartik disappears and becomes the prime suspect. But is he to blame or is there more to the story that needs to unfold?

REVISION: Directed by Avinash Das, the film is set in Rajasthan and the story revolves around a night when a successful writer, Kartik Sharma (Annup Soni), gets engaged to famous Bollywood actress Vani Chopra (Dipannita Sharma Atwal). That same night, Vaani is found dead under mysterious circumstances and her murder triggers a series of misadventures. Kartik goes for a run and lands in a king’s palace, where he happens to meet his former lover Vasuki (Paoli Dam). On the other hand, a cunning policeman, Rajesh Ahlawat (Rahul Dev) is trapped to investigate the murder. While questioning all the members present at the party, he discovers that Kartik is missing, making him the prime suspect in the murder of his fiancé. Can Ahlawat solve this mystery and bring the criminal to justice?

Siddharth Mishra’s script looks promising at first, but the narrative gradually becomes shaky, especially as Kartik and Vasuki meet and go on a journey down memory lane to relive their dark past. Initially, this suspense drama focuses only on the murder investigation, but soon the story becomes confused in the past and existing lives of Kartik, Vasuki, and Vani. However, the climax has some unpredictable curves along the way that are interesting to watch.

Rahul Dev is impressive as the serious cop Ahlawat, whose character has shades of gray from the beginning and yet leaves no stone unturned to find the truth. Annup Soni convincingly described the anxiety her character goes through. Paoli Dam looks elegant and makes her presence felt as Vasuki.

‘Raat Baaki Hai’ revolves around a murder investigation and the existing lives of the main characters, which could have been an interesting watch, but lacks the right elements to entertain. Despite some familiar faces and compelling acts, it seems like a not-so-exciting suspense drama.

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