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Film Review
Shutter:Rolling Shutter..

SHUTTER (Marathi)
Rolling Shutter..

Rolling Shutter Gathers No Moss.. (Fresh Ideas always work).

Shutter is drama, thriller and family entertainer all rolled in one- claims its trailer. It has pace, tension, suspense; and a promise to keep you hooked. Expecting the unexpected, a sizable audience finds its way to even weekday matinee shows. And the film does keep them in their seats till the end. It’s definitely not the same old cookie cutter story. At the same time, at no point does it make you hold your breath in fear or excitement, make you laugh or cry or heave a sigh of relief. An interesting mix of characters in an unusual situation holds the film together, yet the emotional response it evokes is at best lukewarm.

Jitya bhau (Sachin Khedkar), the protagonist of the film, hires a beautiful young prostitute (Sonali Kulkarni) in a moment of weakness; partly nudged by his auto-driver friend Ekya (Ameya Wagh). In comes a struggling film director (Prakash Bare) who is looking for Ekya and ends up complicating the situation before helping it resolve. What follows are twenty four hours of tension and suspense. When the shutter rolls down & up, mysteries unveil for us as audience and for Jitya as the lead character. Life has its own surprises, and things could be different, even totally opposite, than what we might think. Being more specific would be a spoiler.

The film’s core strength is the characters, and actors who have portrayed them with authenticity. Khedekar’s Jitya bhau freely embraces the character’s flaws and Sonali is charming as an amiable hooker. But it’s Ameya Wagh who takes a bow with his spontaneous portrayal of Ekya. From the nuances in his diction to the change in his demeanor when he first interacts with the hooker, and the constant refrain of ‘I screwed up!’ when things start going south- he’s got it nailed.

Meeting a prostitute- a pretty, warm-hearted young woman with a sense of humor- and spending some time with her, seems to be a fantasy that resonates with many people. As such, it presents tremendous opportunities for exploration of human psyche and bonding. But the story fails to delve deeper and make most of its central situation. First half is much tighter than the second, while the twists in the second half are mere devices that add temporary tension to the story. The sound design creates illusion of a rather dangerous situation which the story does not live up to. There’s only one song in the film; but one forgets it almost as soon as it’s over. On the plus side however, the sound track is richer than most Marathi films, and well rendered. The story proceeds straightforwardly to deliver a bit of a surprise in the end.

All in all, if merely seeking entertainment, Shutter does not disappoint. It’s not the kind of film that would change your life, nor is it a waste of time. Watch it, in solidarity with stories that are ‘hat ke’.

    Ketki Pandit

Ketki Pandit is a writer/director with MFA from NYUs Tisch School of the Arts. Also an alumnus of FTIIs Screenplay Writing course, she is passionate about cinema and stories that shape our world..

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