Raat Gayi Baat Gayi Hindi Movie Review
Saurabh Shukla's Raat Gayi Baat Gayi ventures into a unique and less dealt territory of modern day matrimony and one night stands.
The film revolves around three couples: Dolly - Saxena (Dalip Tahil, Navniit Nisshan), Nandini - Amit (Anu Menon, Vinay Pathak) and Rahul-Mitali (Irawati Harshe, Rajat Kapoor); their overdose of fun and a short term memory loss.
Rahul wakes up after a party the night before only to realize he had spent the night with a sexy young woman - Sophia, but absolutely unaware as to what exactly happened during the one night stand. And with his wife Mitali beaming up in a bad mood on that particular morning, he begins to fear suspicion. And his blackout after the night's hangover only makes things worse for his already troublesome marriage.
His friends Saxena and Amit are going through their own marital crises of sorts. Despite trying hard to recollect, he could not find out the extent to which his relation progressed with the stranger. Driven to his wit's end he realizes he must seek Sophia out to restore his Sanity. What follows is a ride of comedy in Rahul's miserable search for truth.
RGBG, no doubt has a very innovative approach to one night stands and marital infidelity but the script is not at its finest. Although the time-frame amnesia and its forthcomings are well flavored with humor, a crisper script with less intrusions and a slightly faster pace would have made it a better watch. However, the film and its narration seem to have the slice of life in them and thus give a feel of reality. The interactions and fights between the couples, the conversations between the three guys at the party, the flirty vibes between Rahul and Sophia are all shot at its natural best.
However, certain sequences with hollow conversations and an unrelated profundity of talks about men being flirts and jerks lure you off to sleep. Also, the second half gets slow and predictable. The climax too is a letdown. You can almost predict Sophia's lover after a point, and also the reason behind Mitali's bad mood.
Saurabh Shukla, however, has succeeded in drawing sincere performances from his entire cast, and it's mostly the performance that manages to keeps the audience locked to their seats. Every character compliments at the same time outshines one another.
Rajat Kapoor is very natural as always and shares great chemistry with his Bheja Fry idiot Vinay Pathak. Vinay after a long time is back in form and is brilliant in the scene where he apologizes to his wife. Neha Dhupia is extremely tantalizing and for a change emotes with ease. Irawati Harshe is yet another natural performer. Anu Menon of Lolla Kutty fame is very impressive. Navneet Nishan is very endearing. Dalip Tahil fits his part perfectly well. Ranvir Shorey as the attention seeking NRI is amazing.
To sum up, Raat Gayi Baat Gayi gives no comic hangover. With great performances, it serves slices of comedy.