I suppose that’s why Freddy, the next chill-inducing movie from Kartik Aaryan, succeeds—dark, it’s intense, toxic, and very toxic. 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 matrimonial 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.
At two hours and thirteen minutes, Freddy neither seems strained nor veers off course. The second half of the story becomes a little predictable, but the movie still maintains its momentum. He speaks more with his expressions, eyes, and gestures than real words, which is one aspect of his on-screen representation that I found particularly endearing. Interesting scenes occur when he is with his turtle best friend, Hardy. I did, however, briefly consider if Freddy could have survived without the turtle. Well, undoubtedly. Additionally, he has a confidante in Persis aunty, who keeps an eye on him constantly and protects him from unpleasant memories.
Alaya F is outstanding, and for her follow-up to Jawaani Deewani (2020), her feature film debut, Alaya has 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 great twist at the halfway point and the climax are without a doubt the highlights of the movie and leaves an impression on you. Freddy is undoubtedly a spine-chilling film to watch, with characters that are as complex as its plot. Currently, you may watch the movie on Disney+ Hotstar.