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Times of India
Bhujanga, a Gulf-returned tyrant and theatre enthusiast, is a known man in his town. His family life isn't the most cordial, given his temperament. He's forced to spend a night and a day locked in an empty shop with a sex worker. What happens then...
When Prakash Raj takes on the responsibility of directing a remake, he ensures there's something unique for viewers who have seen the original too. Idolle Ramayana, the Kannada remake of Malayalam film Shutter, too delivers the same. This film soaks in the essence of Joy Mathew’s original, but gives it an interesting spin with his own little tempering to give it a new flavour.
The film deals with mainly two characters, Bhujanga, played by Prakash, and a sex worker played by Priya Mani. Every other characters have their own little twist and addition to offer to this narrative. The story begins against the backdrop of Ramanavami, where Bhujanga is slated to play Ravana like every year. The script then unfolds into an interesting situation where there’s a Ravana-like scene for Bhujanga, only this time there’s no Sita but a sex worker who is trapped. The journey that their characters have in terms of emotions is interesting, given that they are locked in a room.
Both Prakash and Priya are seasoned performers, boasting of a national award each, and they are a treat to watch. Aravind Kuplikar holds his own and entertains. Achyuth Kumar delivers another ace performance. The rest of the ensemble cast, be it veterans Bhargavi Narayan, Sudha Belawadi and Rangayana Raghu or newbie Teju Belawadi, they are fit their part well.
The other highlight of the film is Ilaiyaraaja’s score. The subtle background score adds to the narrative and ends up being another character in the film by itself. The cinematography, too, has some interesting play on colours and techniques.
This film is a definite must-watch for those who want cinema that doesn’t have the usual action, song and dance routines and look for a good storyline. The performances are the cherry on the cake here.