The story of how a bumbling introvert falls in love with an inappropriate girl and what happens afterwards is filled out in “Freddy” with a Mumbai-Parsi flair. This one-line premise must have been how millions of movies began. When Freddy Ginwala (Karthik Aaryan), a dental surgeon, first sees Kainaaz Irani (Alaya F), he falls in love. But he cannot conquer the lady. Two hours of screen time are devoted to what occurs next, which include ambitious women, ignorant men, wisdom teeth that belong to the not-very-wise, and plenty of unpleasant surprises.
Review of Freddy: The Kartik Aaryan and Alaya F-starrer doesn’t seem stretched out or swerve off course at two hours and thirteen minutes. The second half of the tale becomes a little predictable, but the movie still maintains its momentum.
It’s dark, intense, toxic, and I think that’s why Freddy, Kartik Aaryan’s most recent picture that will give you the chills, succeeds. The movie masterfully captures the complexity and oddities of Kartik’s character by presenting him in a never-before-seen avatar. Freddy, a suspenseful thriller directed by Shashanka Ghosh, terrifies, scares, and occasionally just freaks you out.
Without batting an eyelash, Dr. Freddy Ginwala (Kartik Aaryan), a 28-year-old introvert, recluse, and loner dentist, captivates you with his story of searching for his “soulmate” for five years on the matrimony website Meri Shaadi.com. After failing to locate a good match and being humiliated by a few prank calls, Freddy develops feelings for a married woman named Kainaaz Irani (Alaya F), who is trapped in a violent marriage. When she needs to have a tooth out, she visits his dental office. After that, a series of things happen that bring the two of them together and cause them to fall in love. But this love story is about more than just the joyous occasions, private encounters, and passion the people have for one another.
It won’t be inaccurate to claim that this is Kartik’s most daring and difficult part to date. With Freddy, he has raised the bar from last year’s Dhamaka, which forced him outside of his comedic comfort zone. In contrast to Dhamaka, there is no loud yelling or screaming, nor is there a monologue like in his earlier films. For Freddy, Kartik’s transformation is especially deserving of praise. He is flawless, completely immerses himself in this role, and doesn’t leave it for even the slightest amount of time, growing 14 kg, adopting the mannerisms of an introvert, learning the skills of a dentist, and emoting joy, grief, love, and lust with such intensity. The way he interacts in his on-screen representation is what I found most endearing.
Alaya F is outstanding, and for her follow-up to Jawaani Deewani (2020), her feature film debut, Alaya has clearly picked up the subtleties well and gives a promising performance. Don’t anticipate too many sparks between Kartik and Alaya in their on-screen chemistry in their sequences together, to be honest.
Although Parveez Sheikh’s plot has all the components one would anticipate in a thriller of this type, most of his dialogue was uninspiring. There aren’t many lines that deserve cheers and make you sit up and take note. Having said that, the house decorations, props, language, and words used by the characters, as well as, of course, their names, bring the true flavour of Parsi to life.
The big reveal at the interval and the climax are undoubtedly the high points of the film and impress you. Freddy definitely makes for a bone-chilling watch with a story that unfolds just like its layered characters. The film is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Alaya F
Director: Shashanka Ghosh