Bhediya is directed by Amar Kaushik, who earlier directed Stree and Bala. It stars Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Abhishek Banerjee, and Deepak Dobriyal.
The majority of Bhediya is a lighthearted movie with some horror and paranormal aspects. The film’s strength is its humour and comedy. Even if not all of the jokes are as good as intended, there are still several. The director’s conviction is yet another positive. Werewolf themes are uncommon in India, and it takes a certain level of conviction to present these concepts to an audience. Together, the cinematography, editing, and visual effects strengthen the narrative. Surprisingly, the sequence where Varun Dhawan transforms into a wolf features some good VFX shots, which is above and beyond what was anticipated for this mid-budget movie.
The lead pair are not particularly terrific performers, but the supporting cast is excellent. Abhishek Banerjee, reprising his role from Stree, steals the show. There are some interesting song selections. “Baki sab theek” is a highly unique and interesting song choice for the film.
The story and screenplay are the most disappointing aspects of the film. The motivations of each character fall short of being believable. The love song suddenly starts playing in the second half, which is uncharacteristically out of place. Bhediya experiences the problem of “inconsistent of power”, just like many superhero movies. There is no set formula for determining the strength and weaknesses of the protagonist and antagonist. Varun Dhawan has the ability to smell things and hear sounds from a great distance, however these abilities vary during the movie. Which ultimately causes you to feel very confused.
Bhediya is an entertaining popcorn flick with a lot of laughter and fun throughout. The film’s villains, however, are a poorly developed plot and shoddy screenplay.