'Raat Akeli Hai': Meet Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte and rest of the cast of Netflix's murder mystery
Siddiqui plays the role of a determined inspector who is out to get to the bottom of the twisted murder of a powerful politician
First impressions of Netflix's upcoming Indian murder mystery are that the movie is going to be pretty strong. Suspenseful and thrilling, 'Raat Akeli Hai' follows a small-town tough but narrow-minded cop on a puzzling investigation into a high proﬁle murder of a politician. As he navigates deeper into the dark past and toxic patriarchy of the victim's family, he will have to battle the inherent patriarchy within himself first.
Before 'Raat Akeli Hai' arrives on Netflix on July 31, 2020, meet the cast.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Inspector Jatil Yadav
Siddiqui plays the role of the determined inspector who is out to get to the bottom of the twisted murder of a high profile powerful politician. Inspector Jatil Yadav is going to stop at nothing.
Siddiqui is best known for his performances in 'Black Friday', 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Raman Raghav 2.0'. For the last role, he won the best performance by an actor in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. His raw performance in 'Manto' as celebrated colonial Indian and Pakistani author Saadat Hasan Manto also earned him international recognition. Apart from being a high profile actor in Bollywood, Siddiqui is also a farmer who continues to practice farming in his native place in India's Uttar Pradesh. He takes time to educate farmers about the new techniques and has also helped implement new irrigation techniques in Budhana.
Radhika Apte as Radha
Apte stars as Radha, one of the main suspects in the murder. Throughout the trailer, Inspector Jatil Yadav's investigation focuses on Radha.
The Indian actress is best known for her performances in the Hindi-language movies 'Badlapur', 'Hunterrr', and 'Manjhi — The Mountain Man', a movie in which she starred opposite Siddiqui. Her performances in the indie films 'Phobia' and 'Parched' earned her international recognition. Apte is a regular with Netflix India originals such as 'Sacred Games', Season 2 of which was nominated in the Best Drama category at the International Emmy Award 2019, 'Ghoul' and 'Lust Stories'.
Apte's parents are doctors. As a child, she was homeschooled along with four friends by their parents living in the same building, who did not want their children to go through the regular schooling system. She moved from theater in Pune to films in Bombay.
Tigmanshu Dhulia as SSP Lalji Shukla
The Indian dialogue writer, director, actor, screenwriter, producer and casting director is best known for writing the dialogues for the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 'Dil Se...'. He directed the Irrfan Khan-starrer 'Paan Singh Tomar', which premiered at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival. The movie also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2012.
Apart from being a writer, Dhulia is a highly-praised actor gaining notable recognition for his role as Ramadhir Singh in Anurag Kashyap's modern cult film 'Gangs of Wasseypur', which also stars Siddiqui.
Shweta Tripathi as Karuna Singh
Tripathi's most notable projects include 'Masaan' and 'Haraamkhor'. She rose to prominence in the role of Zenia Khan in 'Kya Mast Hai Life'.
The actress is also known for her roles in 'Mirzapur', in which her masturbation scene earned praise for its honest portrayal of women's sexuality and 'Gone Kesh', in which she plays an adolescent who develops alopecia and loses her hair and embarks on a journey to regain her self-esteem. She was also a photo editor for the Indian women's magazine, Femina.
Shivani Raghuvanshi as Vasudha Singh
Raghuvanshi's Vasudha Singh also happens to be one of the suspects in the investigation. The actress is best known for her performance of Jaspreet Kaur in Amazon Prime Video series 'Made in Heaven'. Her performance in 'Titli' as Neelu earned her critical acclaim.
The movie also stars Nishant Dahiya as Vikram Singh, Khalid Tyabji as Raghubeer Singh, Aditya Srivastava as Munna Raja, Padmavati Rao, Ila Arun, and Swanand Kirkire. The movie arrives on Netflix on July 31, 2020.