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Click  (2010 - Hindi)

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  • Click = the sound of "Shutter"

    Click rating: 3 out of 10(Pritam Roy wrote on 19 Feb 2010)

    A poorly made replica of Thai film Shutter (2004), which was also remade into English Shutter (2008) and also in Tamil and Telugu in between, Click, the film doesn't care about giving any credit to any of the "originals", which may have inspired the Director to make this film.

    Avi (Shreyas Talpade) is an ace photographer who likes to mix work with pleasure, as he works exclusively with his girlfriend, Sonia (Sada). Avi also sports the same stubble which he used as the journalist in Rann, as thats the new look for the film makers who want to move away from chocolate boy, romancing, dancing around the trees-hero to professional & working heroes. While Avi believes in adjusting exposure on his camera setting, Sonia believes in exposure of another kind in shoots. After a conveniently arranged disc scene (before the films gets on to spooky business), where all the guests break into an impromptu dance number with Ms. Riya Sen making a special appearance. On the way back, Sonia hits a girl on the road and they hit a Bright Advertising billboard (Outdoor partner) in the middle of nowhere. Later, Avi finds some strange marks on his photographs which Sonia quickly interprets from reading a great piece by a journalist Manu Sharma (Chunky Pandey) in Outlook magazine as images of spirits of a girl. Quickly, few of their friends are bumped off without much explanation. Later, Sonia's investigation leads to more skeletons in the cupboard and on the bed, too where they discover Avi's past relationship with an obsessed girl, Aarti Kaushik (Sneha Ullal - yes, the Ash lookalike).

    A horror film is supposed to scare, but also supposed to find original ways to scare the audience, and not rely on age old techniques or lift from scenes, which have been used many a times. A film budget can be often estimated from the cars used in the film and when the lead pair drives in a repainted Maruti Esteem, which is hardly seen on the roads these days, you know...the film is made on a really low budget. Well, that need not necessarily interfere with the quality of the movie. Right? Wrong! The film has only a few scenes which captivate or hold your attention, because, you sort of expect spirits to appear or things to happen, when they actually do! Come on, you could be a little more original!

    Shreyas tries his best to look confused, scared, romantic or cool dude, but the end product is mostly confusing. Sada has only two expressions on her face, the coy, come hither looks or the worried, scared looks in her scenes with the spirits. Sneha Ullal with a colored face and the flying, inverted walking or climbing ladder backwards actions, only reminds you that she is as much a ghost look-alike as she resembles Ash. Chunkey Pandey makes another much forgettable appearance on screen as the spirit believer, non-psychic journalist. Avtar Gill as the shayyar camera repairing guy, is just another characted without a proper role.

    And before you rejoice, when you expect the film comes to a slow grinding end, you are shocked to discover the spirit is alive and kicking and the camera is still rolling, oops...I mean clicking. If there is indeed a sequel, I hope, the next film is titled "Bang", when the camera falls and breaks with a Bang! Of course, there has been no sequel to the original, so the film makers have to come up with some really original ideas to make one for the rehashed and reworked Hindi version. And yes, the music is very forgettable too starting from the innovative title song, Click!

    'Click' should have been canned and never turned to costly prints, which sadly carries ghosts of the old films which will continue to haunt the film makers for the limited period it runs in the theaters. I think, Sangeeth Sivan would do fine with comedy films, horror films of this kind could actually scare audience away from the theaters.

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