Raat Baaki Hai Story: On their engagement night, Kartik Sharma’s fiancé Vani Chopra is brutally murdered. Post which, Kartik goes missing and becomes the prime suspect. But, is he the culprit or there is more to the story that needs to unfold?
Raat Baaki Hai Review: Helmed 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 with famous Bollywood actress Vani Chopra (Dipannita Sharma Atwal). On that very night Vaani is found dead under mysterious circumstances and her murder sets off a series of misadventures. Kartik goes on a run and lands up at a King’s palace where he coincidentally meets his former lover Vasuki (Paoli Dam). On the other hand, a sharp-witted cop, Rajesh Ahlawat (Rahul Dev) is roped in to investigate the murder. While interrogating all the members present at the party, he finds out that Kartik is missing which makes him the prime suspect of his fiancé's murder. Can Ahlawat solve this mystery and bring the criminal to justice?
Based on Atul Satya Koushik’s Hindi play ‘Ballygunge 1990’, the story of the film is slightly tweaked and the background shifts from Kolkata to Rajasthan. ‘Raat Baaki Hai’ attempts to be a whodunit that no one expected, but it takes an easy way out to present a mystery where the murder looks artificial, and mystery barely keeps you engaged. The screenplay by Siddharth Mishra looks promising at the beginning, but the narrative gets shaky gradually, especially when Kartik and Vasuki meet each other and they take a trip down memory lane to relive their dark past. Initially, this suspense drama focuses only on the murder investigation (which is surprisingly too casual), but soon the story gets muddled up in the past and existing lives of Kartik, Vasuki and Vani. The climax has some unpredictable bends in the road which are interesting to watch. Overall, this 89 minutes suspense-thriller is quite unexciting and a dull watch.
Rahul Dev is impressive as the no-nonsense cop Ahlawat whose character has shades of grey from the beginning, and yet, he leaves no stone upturned to find the truth. Annup Soni convincingly depicted the anxiousness his character goes through. Paoli Dam is looking elegant and she makes her presence felt as Vasuki. Instead of just focusing on her appearance and that perfectly draped saree, the film would have worked remarkably better had it delved deeper into Dam's character.
‘Raat Baaki Hai’ circles around a murder investigation and the existing lives of the lead characters which could have been an interesting watch but it lacks the right elements to entertain. Despite some known faces and convincing acts, it comes across as a not-so-thrilling suspense drama.