Our green screen is our lungs. If you do it in a way that pleases you, we can do more. The North East is where this cover is thickest. It is a place where large black forests have not yet been disturbed. But here again, unplanned development is taking place in the name of progress. This is one of the concerns of this multi-faceted film that combines fiction and philosophy to make a case for protecting the environment. It also describes the isolation of the North East. It says that people from other parts of India do not know about this region, and they are prejudiced against its citizens because they are mongoloid and cannot speak Hindi well. It is high time that we try to put them in the ranks of India in general, before they are cut off. There is a legend of the god Yapum in the northeast, especially in Arunachal Pradesh, who is said to be the protector of the forest. Those are the legends that Amar Kaushik has touched. When man oversteps his bounds in destroying the forest world, nature takes matters into its own hands and sends a vigilante who is not afraid to kill if necessary, to right the wrongs.
Bhaskar (Varun Dhawan), is an unscrupulous small-time contractor from Delhi who gets the biggest contract of his life – building a road inside the dense forests of Zero in Arunachal Pradesh. They know that this project will destroy the environment and will disturb the environment. Also, it may not be very beneficial for the local people. And yet he uses every means at his disposal to coordinate and take over the tribal world. He is helped in this process by his cousin Janardan (Abhishek Banerjee), his friend Jomin (Paalin Kabak) and Panda (Deepak Dobriyal). He is bitten by a bhediya (wolf) in the forest and is given first aid by veterinarian Anika (Kriti Sanon). Unfortunately, he was bitten by a spirit wolf, and began to turn into himself. While Bhaskar tries to control his newly acquired superpowers, the people associated with the controversial project start killing each other due to animal attacks, leading him to believe that he is the killer in the form of a wolf.
But this is no gory werewolf vigilante movie. In fact, the horrors are few. What they have is barrels full of villains, both verbal and physical, that will make you laugh for sure. This film makes a pan for everything. There are references galore to everyone from Himesh Reshamiyya, Shehnaz Gill, Mithun Chakraborty, to Gulzar’s song Chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai, which he penned for Jungle Book. The dialogue, written by Niren Bhatt, is the true hero of the film. Wisecracks are in quick succession from the first frame to the last and leave you with a smile.
Abhishek Banerjee is given the best lines in the film, which he delivers with deadpan humor. His is the best look in the film. Varun Dhawan has acted in films like Badlapur and October in the past, where the story and not himself, took more importance. He has fully integrated himself into the project, which shows his growth from self-interested businessman to environmentalist. He knows that his focus will be on creation and he devotes himself wholeheartedly to the task, acting like a man caught in a strange situation he doesn’t like. His redemption takes time, leaving room for more humor. Things get more complicated at the end, where the director goes for the jugular. Deepak Dobriyal, and North Eastern actor Paalin Kabak also provide ample support. Kriti Sanon also has an important and wonderful role, although she is less in the film than we expected.
The film’s environmental effects and computer-generated imagery are excellent. Cinematography and background story are also good. The movie is very long and could have been better at 140 minutes. It makes you laugh all the time and has an important message to convey. If nothing else, it will make you want to explore the beauty of the North East for sure…
Dhaval Roy, November 25, 2022, 5:51 AM IST
Bediya story: A road engineer, Bhaskar, goes to Arunachal Pradesh to build a highway through the dense forest of Ziro. Apart from the opposition from the tribes, his cousin JD, his friend Jomin and he, have a big problem. Several unexpected deaths occur after Bhaskar is bitten by a monster. Is it someone else’s fairy tale, or werewolf fairy tale come true?
Bhedia’s Comment: Horror and comedy are, on their own, difficult genres to categorize. Unless someone has a strong grip on the story and support of the movie, any kind of movie can fall apart. And this is where Bhedia comes aces. Director Amar Kaushik, who contributed to the comedy The road with the same flag, he takes care of all kinds of genres skillfully in his latest outings and manages them well to present a film that is sometimes spine-chilling, shakes almost everything, and leaves you with something to think about. Myths surrounding werewolves have always provided good fodder for filmmakers in their stories, and here, Amar Kaushik digs deep into the pockets of Arunachal Pradesh to tell a mysterious tale.
First of all, the most interesting thing about this film is its perspective. While cinematographer Jishnu Bhattacharjee has created a dark and mysterious world of werewolves with a full moon at midnight in the sky, Zero’s forests and mountains in vivid colors, the vfx is superb. Monsters and creatures in movies can often be more hideous than hideous because of the elaborate makeup and effects. But not inside Bediya. The lead’s transformation from human to werewolf is both satisfying and frightening. This movie has a lot of scares and the background effects only make things scarier.
Varun is superb as a shape-shifting wolf. His performance (a major part of which was the transformation of the body with ripped muscles and a toned body) will hopefully change gears in his career. He gives this episode his all, and it shows. Whether it’s an exciting and powerful scene where he turns into a werewolf for the first time, going to a fun place when he struggles to get into the skin of a werewolf in the second half – he succeeds. Abhishek Banerjee as Janardan, aka JD, is vulnerable and never misses a beat with his acting timing. Even in the dark scenes, his humor hits the spot, adding some lightness to this story that often takes place in the dark of night. He also has some of the funniest lines in the film. Paalin Kabak as Bhaskar’s Northeast friend Jomin completes the bedya pack and has a great chemistry with all the actors, especially Abhishek. Deepak Dobriyal, as Panda, also gives a standout performance. Kriti Sanon’s character as the vet, Dr Anika, could have been better. But they add a bit of drama and humor.
This article, very clever, includes the mention of several films that continue to be remembered for many reasons, including Jaani DushmanRahul Roy-actor Juneanimation show in the 90s The Jungle Book and his head’Chaddi pehenke phool khila hai,’ which will make you cringe, even Shehnaz Gill’s ‘Toh main kya karu, marr jaun?‘ There are other such wonders, but let’s not give them all here at once. Kudos to writer Niren Bhatt for that.
The first half of the film is very impressive. It sets the tone for what’s about to happen very soon and brings a sense of intrigue. However, the second half seems stretched and loses momentum in parts. It could do with a little more editing. While all the songs are catchy and pleasing to the ears, throwing in a song or two would have strengthened the story. Also, at times it seems that the film is trying to achieve too much. Although it focuses on security and human-animal conflicts, the story that needs to be focused on, besides it touches on the feelings of the people of the north-east, and how they are often labeled as ‘outsiders’.
To some extent, this film reminds us of our animal nature and how it can be a the bed in all of us. But how we want to release, good or bad, is up to us. Beauty and the beast are all within us, we just have to look within. This film leaves you with an experience and a feeling, perhaps deeper than the forests of Zero. So, stay tuned for this one. For a good crying time, this one is worth the ride to the theater. There is also a surprising twist at the end. Movies released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu are best viewed in 3D.