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Times of India
The film follows the unexpected turn of events over two days in the life of its four principal characters.
The original Malayalam film by the same name and directed by Joy Matthew was a critical and commercial success. Directed by V K Prakash, the Marathi version too looks promising as it dabbles in two genres, drama and suspense, effectively.
For those of you who have seen 'Time Bara Vait' (which too was a south remake), the similarity in the premise can be identifiable. Much like its original, 'Shutter' tracks two days in the lives of Jitya Bhau (Khedekar) but focuses more on one fateful night and the day after that changes the lives of Jitya, rickshaw driver Ekya (Wagh), a struggling film director Govind (Bare) and a prostitute (Sonalee) through the course of events that unfold. At its heart the film is filled with suspense but it also touches upon Jitya's relation with his daughter Pari (Kaumudi Walolkar) and the Jitya's bubble-burst when he learns of his so-called friends' real personalities.
Throughout the film, there is a sense of urgency that envelopes the viewer, primarily due to the closed shutter of a shop that acts as a cover over Jitya's planned exploits with a prostitute. Well, things don't go as planned and all the principal characters fall into situations that entangle each of them in a common web; all because of one mistake that each of them commit.
The casting is perfect. Khedekar plays the strict father, tense husband and hurt friend to perfection and so does Sonalee, the conniving and manipulative turned soft-hearted prostitute. Even Prakash Bare does well in his small role. It is Amey Wagh who hits the bull's eye though. His perfect timing of delivering dialogues and expressions that only he can show, add authenticity to his character. Though the story revolves more around Khedekar's character, Amey gets to be the one to watch out for.
Some needless scenes apart, 'Shutter' is every bit the thriller it promises to be.
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