I almost didn’t go for this movie and honestly, had I done that, I wouldn’t really miss much. Shutter joins the long list of Hollywood remakes of Japanese horror movies…only it’s not scary.
The plot is almost bollywood-like. You have your Japani-technique se bani bhootni who is a jilted lover who got dumped and molested by the lead character and his rowdy buddies. The ‘USP’ of this movie isn’t so ‘unique’ either. ‘The body perishes – the spirit remains – the spirit is energy – light is energy – light is captured by cameras on photos – therefore ghosts can be captured on camera (and we mean ‘real ghosts’ and not the lead actress without make-up).
The special FX are nothing to write home about. There’s the already common ‘bug crawling out the bhoots eyes’ routine and various other horror clichés such as ghosts popping out of pictures and being omnipresent. But my favorite is the scene where the bhootni sticks out her frog-se-bhi-long tongue and French kisses the lead guy who pukes out blood balti bhar ke (balti sponsored by IBOBO.com) and is up and running the next scene. He also gives himself a very strong electric jhatka to ‘kill the ghost?!’
The ending is supposedly scary. The stalking, revenge seeking bhootni is seen piggy-backing on the ‘now mostly retarded in hospital room’ lead guy like Betaal on Vikram. Anyone with an ounce of dum will not be scared at all by this movie. Maybe the laydeej will hold your hand but not more than that.
The movie on the whole is mostly average…one time watch ke liye theek hai. But if you’re looking for edge-of-your-seat action,this is not the movie for you.
Rating: 2 out of 5
What the Ratings Mean:
0 – Terrible Beyond Imagination
1 – Mostly Pathetic
2 – Strictly OK
3 – Good
4 – Very Good
5 – Bow Down and Worship!