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Andhadhun ending explained - What's the real reason behind Ayushmann Khurrana’s lies about his blindness?

Released in 2018, Andhadhun is still considered one of the most mind-bending movies made by director Sriram Raghavan

Andhadhun ending explained - What's the real reason behind Ayushmann Khurrana’s lies about his blindness?

Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte from Andhadhun

Last Updated: 07.24 PM, May 15, 2024


Andhadhun, the 2018 black comedy, took the internet by storm with numerous discussions about the storyline, director Sriram Raghavan’s motives, the point of view, the moral of the movie, and more. Andhadhun’s climax had audiences buzzing with theories. This kind of discussion among viewers and critics has rarely been seen in Hindi cinema. The most intriguing part of the movie is Raghavan's denial to spoon-feed the audience by giving a definite answer. His silence on the ending of the movie that stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte and Tabu still has people looking for an explanation, making Andhadhun a cinematic puzzle.

Andhadhun's ending explained

Andhadhun is about the struggles faced by Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana), a blind pianist with dark secrets who lives in Pune. One of the biggest secrets is that he can actually see but pretends to be blind. Akash wants to move to London and make it big as a musician. One night, he stumbles upon the dead body of a movie star. Through no fault of his own, Akash finds himself in a huge mess. So, he must clear his name after he becomes a suspect for the cops.

The climax of Andhadhun throws a wrench into everything we thought we knew about Akash. The glimpse of him dodging a soda can lying on the road reveals that he can actually see and is not blind, despite wearing dark sunglasses. A corneal transplant would be beyond his means, both financially and for finding a donor. However, we can get a hint that he finally got a donor and recovered. The only question that then remains lingering is: Why is he keeping his sense of sight a secret from Sophie till the end? There is no logic behind him maintaining the blind act in front of her, especially after the emotional intimacy they shared.


The answer lies in the events that took place inside the car. Something dark and disturbing might have occurred there, which made Akash continue the facade of blindness. However, many people think that Akash pretended to be blind to gain Sophie’s trust and sympathy.

Andhadhun masterfully crafts a story that keeps audiences guessing and struggling with the confusion till the end. A layer of uncertainty has been introduced that hints at the possibility that Akash might have fabricated the entire narrative. If you look closely, another detail that adds to the theory is the rabbit on the cane handle that mirrors Akash depicts that he might be blind only in one eye but can see through the other.


Andhadhun and other popular Hollywood movies

Andhadhun's ending is cryptic and blurs the lines between reality and Akash’s narration. The ambiguity allows viewers to question everything that unfolds after Akash meets Simi, raising the possibility that it's all a web of lies made up by Akash. This unreliable narration technique resembles Hollywood movies like Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) and David Fincher's Fight Club (1999), which kept audiences guessing till the end. This technique adds layers of complexity to a movie.

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