Afwaah Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Film Has Nothing to Offer


Afwaah (2023), starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is a film that fails to impress on almost all fronts. The story of the film revolves around Rahab, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is working in an advertising agency.

He meets Nivi, an heiress who has just found out the truth about her fiance and has run away. The film explores whether they will have a happy ending, both individually and together.

Afwaah Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Film Has Nothing to Offer

The movie opens with a conventional introduction to Rajasthan, with a man on a camel and Rajasthani music. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s character walks through a duststorm in his Range Rover, and soon after, Sharib Hashmi’s character, Chandan, is introduced in a jeep.

Releasing Date5th May 2023
Directed BySudhir Mishra
Produced ByAnubhav Sinha
StorySudhir Mishra
StarringNawazuddin Siddiqui, Bhumi Pednekar, Sumeet Vyas, Sharib Hashmi, Sumit Kaul, TJ Bhanu, Rockey Raina, Eisha Chopra
Production HouseBenaras Mediaworks
Co-ProducersDhrub Kumar Dubey, Sagar Shirgaonkar
ScreenplaySudhir Mishra, Nisarg Mehta & Shiva Shankar Bajpai
DialoguesSudhir Mishra, Nisarg Mehta & Apurva Dhar Badgaiyann

The introduction of the film is executed well, but it goes on for too long and disrupts the viewing experience.

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Nawazuddin’s re-entry into the film fails to leave an impression, and Bhumi Pednekar’s introduction as Nivi isn’t impactful either. While Bhumi acts well, the introduction to the scene doesn’t work initially, but it eventually does.

The film’s pace is slow, and it seems to only work on abuses. The music in the film comes at random, and even the songs are random and not helpful to the storyline. The only relief in the otherwise non-intriguing film is the donkey reference.

While the chase sequence in the film is good, the story’s real plot establishes nearly halfway through the movie. The film tries to mix commercialization in some scenes, but that doesn’t help what’s happening in the story.

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Afwaah loses its charm repeatedly, and even the message of the film, about the internet is a boon and bane, is conveyed loudly and clearly but fails to leave a lasting impression. The post-credit scene also does little to amp up the story.

In conclusion, Afwaah is a film with almost nothing to offer, and it’s better to skip this one. The few scenes that do manage to grab your attention are not enough to make up for the film’s overall lackluster execution. If you’re a fan of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, it’s better to watch one of his other films.