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  • Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor signed the film but later left due to some problems.
  • The plot is lifted from In Darkness (2018) where Natalie Dormer plays a a blind musician who hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs.
  • The movie is inspired by L'accordeur (2010).
  • Doctor Swami refers to Tabu as Lady Macbeth in a scene. This is an in-joke as Tabu played the role of Lady Macbeth in the Indian retelling of Macbeth, Maqbool (2003).
  • The principal photography of the film began on 18 June 2017 and ended on 17 July 2018 in Pune.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana who plays the role of a piano player in the film trained for two months under Akshay Verma, a pianist based in Los Angeles.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana is a musician in real life.
  • The lyrics are written by Jaideep Sahni, Raftaar and Girish Nakod.
  • The songs are composed by Amit Trivedi, Raftaar and Girish Nakod.
  • Clashed with "Loveyatri" and "Venom" at the box office.
  • Simi is seen reading the novel "Anitha: The Trophy Wife" by Sujatha.
  • Akash crosses the famous "Goodluck Cafe" in Pune.
  • Director Sriram Raghavan initially did not think of Ayushmann Khurrana while writing the character Akash, all did he want was an actor who has a sense of music , although he made the character of Simi keeping in mind the name of Tabu.
  • Anil Dhawan's comeback film after 5 years. He was last seen in 'Himmatwala' (2013).
  • Anil Dhawan who plays the role of a 70's superstar of Hindi cinema in this movie was a well-known Hindi film actor and songs from his 70's films are also played in background in this movie, one which was frequently played was 'Teri Galiyon Mein Na Rakhenge Kadam' from 'Hawas' (1974).
  • Earlier it was to be titled Shoot 'The Piano Player' but it was later changed to Andhadhun as no one was keen on having an English title.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana plays a Kawai piano in the film a Japanese based company who are credited at the opening of the film.
  • During an interview when Ayushmann Khurrana was asked on why he and his team have not promoted the film much, he said "I think this film's genre is such that you can't talk much about it. It's a suspense thriller and everyone is asking me whether I am really a blind man in the film or not. It was our strategy to not promote this film as a regular one. I think this film will run on word of mouth and people will realise what the film is when they watch it."
  • One of the few bollywood films that have received more than 9 stars by IMDB
  • Entered in top 10 greatest Indian movies on IMDb.
  • Sriram Raghavan took the inspiration of blind piano artist from his film "Agent Vinod", in which a blind lady piano artist played piano during the song "Raabta".
  • Simi's apartment shown in the film is actually Magarpatta City in Pune.
  • This movie is the top Indian movie of 2018, as determined by IMDb customer ratings.
  • Actor Zakir Hussain is featured in all movies of the director Sriram Raghavan including this movie.
  • The film that Simi (Tabu) wants to act in, Nurse Radha, is a reference to Waheeda Rehman's character in "Khamoshi" (1970).
  • The trailer was released on 2 September 2018.
  • The film's soundtrack album was composed by Amit Trivedi except for the title track, which was composed by Raftaar and Girish Nakod.
  • The film was released on 800 screens across India.
  • Raghavan originally wanted the film's trailer to only contain sounds (no video, since it was the story of a blind man), but the studio was "shocked" at his suggestion. After several discussions, they agreed on a trailer. Raghavan "didn't want to give away too many things about the film" in the trailer, and the studio eventually accepted his viewpoint.
  • Although the film was scheduled for release on 31 August, it was postponed until 5 October; the producers announced the delay in a trailer.
  • Was produced on a budget of INR32 crore (US$4.6 million).
  • The album's lyrics were written by Jaideep Sahni, Raftaar and Nakod.
  • The soundtrack album was released on 21 September 2018 on the Zee Music Company label.
  • Vocals to the songs were provided by Trivedi, Raftaar, Ayushmann Khurrana, Arijit Singh, Abhijeet Srivastava, Aakansha Sharma, Shadab Faridi and Altamash Faridi.
  • The background score was composed by Daniel B. George.
  • Sriram Raghavan saw L'Accordeur (The Piano Tuner), the 2010 French short film about a blind pianist, in 2013 at the recommendation of his friend, filmmaker Hemanth Rao. Raghavan said that although his film is different, the French film was its "basic germ".
  • After reading about 'Kaabil' (2017), another film about a blind man, when he was about to start writing, Raghavan stopped: "It would be a bit crazy to have two movies about visually impaired people". He later resumed the script, taking a different approach.
  • While working on 'Badlapur' (2015), Raghavan had the "gist of the story".
  • Radhika Apte also appeared in Raghavan's previous film 'Badlapur' (2015).
  • Raghavan wrote the script with Arijit Biswas, Yogesh Chandekar, Rao and Pooja Ladha Surti.
  • Raghavan had given the story idea to Varun Dhawan while they were working on 'Badlapur' (2015), but Dhawan became busy with other films.
  • Raghavan and Biswas were unhappy while translating the dialogue from English to Hindi, since they thought in English.
  • Raghavan told Biswas to write the dramatic dialogue in Bengali, which was "at least the Indian idiom".
  • Surti wrote another version of the dialogue, since her Hindi was better than that of the others.
  • Raghavan cited Fargo (the series and the film) as an inspiration, calling them "realistic and yet ... bizarre".
  • According to Raghavan, one of his friends was in a situation similar to one in the film; he then realised how old Hindi films had the "piano songs", and decided make the blind pianist the main character.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana contacted Raghavan, expressing interest in working with him on a film, as he had heard about the film from casting director Mukesh Chhabra.
  • Khurana met several blind students in a Mumbai school, and observed "how a blind pianist plays, conducts and moves his hands."
  • Khurana called it the most challenging role of his career.
  • Raghavan told Khurrana not to watch films with a blind protagonist, and brought him to the National School of the Blind.
  • Khurana said, "Since no two persons are the same, I picked up the nuances, learnt how to hold the stick and climb the stairs."
  • Khurrana made omelettes and walked on the street blindfolded.
  • Khurana was given a special pair of lenses from London which, he said, impaired his vision "almost 80 percent."
  • After wearing the black glasses over the lenses, Khurana's vision was affected by 90 per cent. He shot the entire film like that.
  • Raghavan said that he wanted to make a "fun sort of thriller" after 'Badlapur' (2015), and decided to work on the film.
  • The film was shot in 44 days over more than a year in Pune.
  • Filming took more than a year because none of the actors was available for a long shooting schedule.
  • Raghavan and the film's director of photography, K. U. Mohanan, decided to "restrict everything to Akash's point of view" so the audience would be able to see what Akash sees.
  • There were no close-ups in the piano-playing scene, which was rehearsed extensively with several assistants to fit its timing into the four-minute piano piece.
  • The filming was not rehearsed with the actors; Raghavan told them to "just do the scene", and gave them a time frame: "We didn't want it to look practiced; we needed that uncertainty."
  • The film's first shot was rehearsed for three months with Khurrana.
  • Raghavan called 'Andhadhun' "a fun film in the macabre sense of the word", with moments of "wickedness and brutality".
  • The title is a play on the word "andhadhund" (which means reckless or relentless), and "a play on blind tune and trance".
  • The film was edited by Pooja Ladha Surti, and Snigdha Pankaj and Anita Donald were its production designers.
  • Raghavan worked with Varun Dhawan in 'Badlapur' (2015), who is the nephew of Anil Dhawan, who worked in this film.
  • Tabhi mentions the drama "Hamlet" by Shakespeare in one scene. She starred in the 2014 film Haider (2014), which is based on that play.
  • Radhika Apte's seventh acting credit of the year out of eight. Her film Baazaar (2018) would release in the same month.
  • Naina Da Ka Kya Kasoor was inspired from Mere Sona Re from Teesri Manzil.
  • The film was released in China during an extended weekend on April 3rd, 2019, six months after its release in other territories. It turned out to be a huge success in the country.

Spoilers

  • Revolves around mysterious events in a blind pianist's life.
  • The painting "Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Hokusai features prominently behind Akash as he plays the piano to Simi and her dead husband.
  • Manav Vij's look (who plays the negative role of a cop) was inspired from late Mumbai cop Himanshu Roy.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana's character Akash was blind in the second half of the movie. This is digested in the end of the movie when he walks out of the cafe holding his stick with a wooden bunny as his handle, relating to the bunny who ran over Tabu's car which caused her death and saved Akash's life. It depends on the audience to decide whether the Bunny's story was true or not.
  • The ending implies that Akash indeed got the corneal transplant when he purposely hit the empty can with his stick, and therefore the story he told Sophie was made up one.
  • Raghavan conducted screen tests of the scene where the protagonist wakes up and realises that he is blind: "There were two pieces - when you are acting blind and when you are actually blind, and we tried both. I wanted to see what the difference in his body language would be."
  • Raghavan wanted the film to have an open ending, and considered several options. The producers, Viacom 18, were apprehensive about audience acceptance of an open ending; however, he persuaded them.
  • In the kitchen scene at the starting when Simi (Tabu) and Pramod (Anil Dhawan) are playfully recording a cookery video, Simi hugs Pramod and her hands are shown to be covered in red sauce, foreshadowing her involvement in Pramod's murder.
  • The scene where Simi takes down Dr. Swami and drives the car herself was cut down from the final cut. The one minute long deleted scene shows how she did so, while Akash accidentally turned on the radio.
  • The film was released exactly four years and three days after Haider (2014), also starring Tabu. In both the films her character cheats on her husband and ends up killing him.
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