BHEDIYA (2022) Reviews of Indian werewolf creature feature

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Bhediya is a 2022 Indian Bollywood comedy horror film about a young man that is bitten by a wolf and turns into a werewolf.

Directed by Amar Kaushik from a screenplay written by Niren Bhatt. Produced by Dinesh Vijan.

The Jio Studios-Maddock Films co-production stars Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Deepak Dobriyal, Abhishek Banerjee and Paalin Kabak.

Plot synopsis:
Bhaskar (Varun Dhawan) gets bitten by a mythical wolf and begins to transform into a creature himself. In order to find answers about his condition and turn himself back into a human he must then team with a group of ragtag buddies before it’s too late…

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Reviews:
“Overall, Bhediya delivers as per the promise, despite the flaws in its second half and a couple of unwanted songs. A sharper edit would have surely resulted in a superior film. But I really liked the way they incorporated important social messages into the script (showing some spine in the present scenario) exploiting the fresh locations of Arunachal Pradesh.” Bobby Talks Cinema

“Varun Dhawan puts his heart and soul into the role. It’s a risky move to do a role of this sort but Varun sheds his inhibitions and one has to see it to believe what he has managed to achieve. Kriti Sanon looks cute and performs ably. However, her screen time is limited although her character has significance. Abhishek Banerjee is the soul of the film and contributes to the laughter majorly.” 3.5 out of 5, Bollywood Hungama

“Film should be applauded for trying something original and bringing creature comedy concept forward. Film has some really amazing VFX and shot really well but despite technical brilliance, film falters due to amateurish writing and confused direction.” 2.5 out of 5, Box Office Worldwide

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“The movie is a highly entertaining ride, filled with several hilarious moments (including Bhaskar being chained by his friends before he turns into the werewolf), along with a subtle message of much importance. All in all, it’s a fun adventure that you can definitely enjoy with your friends and family. Plus, the breathtaking cinematography is bound to make you fall in love with the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.” 4 out of 5, Leisure Byte

Bhediya, both enjoyable and thought-provoking, is helped along by lively performances. Varun Dhawan gives the unconventional role his best shot. Abhishek Banerjee and Paalin Kabak are terrific as much with their comic timing as with their dramatic flourishes. Kriti Sanon has comparatively limited footage but does all that it takes not to be swamped out of the picture.” NOTV

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” …the film reminds us of our animal instincts and how there could be a bhediya in all of us. But how we wish to unleash it, for better or worse, is up to us. Beauty and the beast are all in us, we only have to look deep within. The film leaves you with an experience and a thought, maybe deeper than the forests of Ziro. So, set out and watch this one.” 3.5 out of 5, Times of India

Bhediya wants to convey messages and few, and it wants to do it with a dose of humour. Unfortunately, it relies heavily on slapstick right down to toilet humour and innuendo. All of it, unfunny. When it is not trying to be funny, it is delivering preachy monologues.” Wogma

“Mostly, everything is fine with the film, especially the end. However, if I had to highlight the negative aspects, I would call Bhediya patience testing initially. The film has many blank moments where you must introspect and assure yourself that good things are coming soon.” Word Street Journal

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Release date:
In India, Bhediya was released in cinemas by Maddox Films in 2D and 3D on November 25, 2022. It will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions.

Original title:
भेड़िया aka Bhediya “Wolf”

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