‘Freddy’ Review: Shashanka Ghosh Directorial Blurs Lines Between Love And Obsession

Introverted and shy people are often misunderstood in society, and they are often bullied as well. Despite them having achieved great success in society, they are frowned upon for their lack of social skills or for not having a romantic relationship. “Freddy” also speaks about love and greed and how these two emotions, when running strongly, can make things take an ugly turn. Love and greed can compel a human to go to any lengths to achieve what they desire. They stop short of nothing, even not harming another living soul. Hence, one needs to not let these emotions get the better of them. Bullying those less powerful and hurting them are not signs of a mature individual. Those who bully need to be taught a lesson or two. Ideally, one should be kind and understanding towards themselves and those around one. What happens when you manipulate a vulnerable person and eventually betray them? “Freddy” might have some answers for you.


“Freddy,” tells the story of Dr. Freddy Ginwala, a respected but shy dentist. He has been unlucky in love. He has been looking for a wife, albeit unsuccessfully, for the past five years. His failure to get married has been a sore spot in his life. He is shy, clumsy, and an introvert. He stays alone and only has a pet turtle named Hardy for company. At one wedding, he meets Kainaz Irani (played by Alaya F) and is smitten by her. It is soon revealed that she is married to Rustom, who is very abusive and toxic. Freddy and Kainaz soon begin an affair. Seeing how Rustom regularly hits Kainaz, Freddy comes up with the idea to kill him. He sees killing Rustom as the only option to get Kainaz to marry him. Upon meeting Kainaz, he begins daydreaming about his marital bliss with her and wants to turn that imagination into reality. 

If you’re looking for some twisted love agenda that will send shivers down your spine, then “Freddy” is the pick for you. The movie, which graced the OTT platforms on December 2, 2022, tells a rather twisted tale of a love story gone wrong. Dr. Freddy Ginwala falls in love with Kainaz and begins an affair with her. He is living a happy life until he has to kill Kainaz’s husband, Rustom because that is when he finds out that he has actually been used by Kainaz. She did not love him, and neither did she intend to date or marry him after Rustom’s death. Freddy hurt and betrayed, makes up his mind to exact revenge.


“Freddy” runs for just over two hours and packs a punch. The first half is seemingly slow and predictable, with Freddy finding love and spending time with Kainaz. It is in the second half that things take a vicious turn. One might think that the plot would have fairly obvious turns, but that is not the case here. The movie keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat. The violence and gore go up several notches, and one begins to wonder if the bloodbath will even cease to take place anymore. The lines between love and obsession blur as Freddy meticulously plans Kainaz and Raymond’s murder. But what keeps the viewers hooked is the curiosity to see who wins the cat and mouse chase. The story held potential almost throughout its runtime, but there were a few uninteresting plot points that could have been removed or replaced.

Kartik Aryan as Freddy is a delight to watch. For an actor who is known for outgoing roles in movies like “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” and “Bhool Bhulaiyaa,” Kartik showed a new side to his acting persona with “Freddy.” He artfully plays the role of an introverted dentist who is unlucky in love. Freddy is very clumsy and conscious around people, and he has an awkward way of speaking as well. Kartik pulled off the role effortlessly on screen. Alaya F played her role as Kainaz beautifully. Her body language and her expressions told the story perfectly when there was an absence of dialogue. Her accent, at times, felt a little off-kilter, but the dialogue delivery made up for the gap. Characters like Kainaz’s boyfriend Raymond and the police were typical stock characters that played the role of comic relief in the film. They did not add much to the story, but their presence elicited a laugh or two from the viewers.


The cinematography is beautiful. Be it the closeups or the top shots; the frames told their own story alongside the characters. The mix of dark and light, or the use of hues to present the change in a character’s narrative, added depth to the narratives. When Freddy is heartbroken over Kainaz’s betrayal, he comes home and lies on the floor. There is a red color on his back, signaling the burst of anger and pain he is going through.

Overall, “Freddy” is a good watch for the weekend. It keeps one engaged and wondering until the very last minute. Be careful next time you visit your dentist; do they also carry a deep, dark secret with them?


More About The Cast of ‘Freddy’

Kartik Aryan, who plays the titular role, was last seen in the sleeper hit movie “Bhool Bhulaiyya 2” opposite Kiara Advani. He is also known for his roles in movies like “Pyaar Ka Punchnama,” “Dhamaka,” and “Sonu Ke Titu Ki, among others. “Freddy” is Alaya F’s first movie in the lead role. She made her debut with the 2020 film “Jawaani Jaaneman,” starring Saif Ali Khan and Tabu. She is slated to appear in “U-Turn” and “Ek Aur Ghazab Kahani.” “Freddy” is Shashanka Ghosh’s second venture as a director in 2022. His earlier 2022 release was “Plan A, Plan B,” starring Riteish Deshmukh and Tamannah Bhatia. His past notable works include “Khoobsurat” and “Veera Di Wedding.”

“Freddy” is a 2022 psychological movie directed by Shashanka Ghosh.

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Nandini Iyengar
Nandini Iyengar
Nandini has grown up on a healthy diet of books, movies and shows. Hailing from a multicultural background, Nandini has tried indulging in art from different corners of India that came naturally to her. Taking the influence further, she delved into foreign languages and indulged in content from across the globe. When she is not watching anything on her laptop, she can be found daydreaming or picking her pen to write a few words of fiction.

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