Andhadhun (transl. Blind Tune) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language black comedy crime thriller film co-written and directed by Sriram Raghavan, produced by Matchbox Pictures, and distributed by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The film stars Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Radhika Apte, and tells the story of a blind piano player who unwittingly becomes embroiled in the murder of a former film actor.
The script of Andhadhun was written by Raghavan, Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti, Yogesh Chandekar and Hemanth M Rao. The film was edited by Surti, and K. U. Mohanan was its director of photography. Amit Trivedi composed songs for the film and Jaideep Sahni wrote the lyrics. Raftaar and Girish Nakod co-wrote the title song as guest composers.
In 2013, Rao suggested to Raghavan that he watch L’Accordeur (The Piano Tuner), a 2010 French short film about a blind pianist. Raghavan liked the film and decided to base a script on it. Khurrana was cast in the lead role after he contacted Raghavan and expressed an interest in working with him. The film was shot in Pune in 44 days spread over more than a year; principal photography began in June 2017 and ended on 17 July 2018.
Andhadhun was released by Viacom18 Motion Pictures theatrically in India on 5 October 2018 to critical acclaim. Critics highlighted the writing, and Khurrana and Tabu’s performances. It won four awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay, at the Screen Awards ceremony and five Filmfare Awards, including Best Film (Critics) and Best Actor (Critics) for Khurrana. It also won three National Film Awards: Best Feature Film in Hindi, Best Actor for Khurrana, and Best Screenplay. The film was produced on a budget of ₹320 million (US$4.5 million) and has grossed over ₹4.56 billion (US$64 million) at the worldwide box office.
Akash is a great pianist, who fakes being blind to improve his piano skills. While crossing the street, he is knocked over by Sophie. Sophie takes care of Akash and soon they begin an intimate romantic relationship. Sophie is impressed by Akash’s talent and gets him an engagement at her father’s diner. At the diner, a retired actor, Pramod Sinha, notices Akash and invites him to perform for his wedding anniversary. Akash arrives at the Sinhas’ flat and Pramod’s wife Simi opens the door. Simi, convinced that Akash is blind, lets him play the piano. Akash sees Pramod’s dead body nearby but feigns ignorance and continues to play; he also sees Manohar, Simi’s affair interest, hiding in the bathroom. Simi and Manohar clean the body and stuff it into a suitcase while Akash plays.
Akash tries to report the murder to the police, but discovers that Manohar is a police inspector. Meanwhile, Simi overhears her elderly neighbour, Mrs. D’Sa, talking to a police officer about Pramod’s murder. Simi later kills Mrs. D’Sa by pushing her off the ledge of their apartment. Akash sees the murder but is forced to continue feigning ignorance. Later when Simi brings poisonous offerings for him after her husband’s last rites and pulls out a gun, Akash admits to faking his blindness as an experiment to help his piano playing. He says he will leave for London and will keep Simi’s secret, but she drugs him.
A neighbour’s child, suspicious of Akash’s blindness, records a video of Akash fully able to see and shows Sophie. As Sophie arrives, Simi arranges things to look like she and Akash are having sex. Furious and heartbroken, Sophie leaves Akash. When he wakes up, he realizes he has been blinded from the drug Simi gave him. Manohar comes to Akash’s home to kill him. Akash barely escapes, but he faints after hitting a telephone pole.
Akash wakes up in an illegal organ harvesting clinic. Dr. Swami and his assistants Murli and Sakhu decide to spare Akash when Akash reveals he has information that will make them millions. They kidnap Simi, stage a suicide scene, and blackmail Manohar. However, Murli and Sakhu double-cross Akash, tie him up with Simi, and plan to take the money themselves. Manohar shoots Murli but is trapped in an elevator and accidentally shoots and kills himself. The money is revealed to be counterfeit. Simi helps Akash free himself and he removes Simi’s blindfold. He tries to escape, while Simi frees herself and attacks him. Dr. Swami enters; after a brief fight, he and Akash knock Simi out, tie her up in the boot of a car, and drive away. Dr. Swami reveals that Simi has a rare blood type and that her organs would sell for millions; he also plans to use her corneas to restore Akash’s sight.
When Simi awakes in the car boot and begins making noise, Dr. Swami stops the car to kill her, but she overpowers him and seizes the wheel. Akash, thinking Dr. Swami is still driving, tries to persuade him to release Simi. She drops Akash off and tries to run him over. A nearby farmer who is trying to kill a hare misses, causing the hare to jump and hit the windshield. Simi loses control of the car and is killed.
Two years later at a gig in Kraków, Sophie finds Akash, who still appears to be blind. After Akash tells her the whole story, Sophie tells Akash he should have accepted Dr. Swami’s offer to restore his sight as well as part of the reward money of ten million dollars. Silently, Akash leaves and uses his cane to knock a can out of his path – telling that Akash did take up the Doctor’s offer of restoring his eye sight using Simi’s eyes as well as part of the reward money with which he emigrated to Europe to live out his dream.
Ayushmann Khurrana as Akash Saraf
Tabu as Simi Sinha
Radhika Apte as Sophie
Anil Dhawan as Pramod Sinha
Zakir Hussain as Dr. Swami
Ashwini Kalsekar as Rasika Jawanda
Manav Vij as Inspector Manohar Jawanda
Chaya Kadam as Sakhu
Pawan Singh as Murli
Mohini Kewalramani as Mrs. D’Sa
Gopal K Singh as Sub-Inspector Paresh
Rashmi Agdekar as Daani
Kabir Sajid Sheikh as Bandu
Rudrangshu Chakrabarti as Murli
Pratik Nandkumar More as Surya
Mahesh Rale as P. Kamdar
Abhishek Shukla as Animal Hunter
Jaydutt Vyas as Alurkar