According to media reports, Bhediya has opened to occupancy of just 15 to 20 percent. But if the reviews can actually influence audience footfall, this should pick up over the weekend.
Writing for NDTV.com, Saibal Chatterjee says: “The director (Amar Kaushik), working with a screenplay by Niren Bhatt, not only dovetails an environmental conservation message into a folksy storyline but also dwells upon questions of language, identity and culture with dashes of robust comicality thrown in for the purpose of livening up a debate of great significance.”
Anuj Kumar says in his review in The Hindu: “The humour is situational and emanates from the practical difficulties of being a werewolf. How should a vegan behave when he discovers that he is half-animal? How should his friends address his concerns? The jokes keep the narrative moving up the hill.”
Shubra Gupta writes in The Indian Express: “Humans turning into werewolves is such a familiar trope that the thought of seeing yet another version wasn’t making me jump: I’m happy to report that much of ‘Bhediya’, in which a principal character turns into an ‘icchha-dhaari’ wolf, is really enjoyable.”
That’s a rare complement coming from the usually acidic film critic. If you’re not one to trust film critics from the media, here’s what some others had to say.
Unexpected concept from Bollywood, great direction with Excellent VFX shots 🔥#VarunDhawan looks good in this avtar ✌️#KritiSanon is❤️ and other supporting specially #AbhishekBanerjee & #DeepakDobriyal characters are also super 💯#BhediyaReview pic.twitter.com/G7FiNgqZnJ
— Vicky Nain (@vicky_nain18) November 25, 2022
#BhediyaReview – ⭐⭐⭐🌟/ 5
— BALLU LEGEND..!!✨ (@LegendIsBallu) November 25, 2022
#Bhediya First Review from Overseas! @Varun_dvn gets a chance to dabble in a new genre and he excels thoroughly. He genuinely gives an earnest performance. @kritisanon delivers a fine performance. She is looking Stunning ! Overall, A Pasia Vasool Entertainer. 3.5⭐️/5⭐️
— Umair Sandhu (@UmairSandu) November 24, 2022
Reason enough to visit the cinemas? Give yourself and the makers a break and do that.