It, like a shutter, opens up to great inborn revelations and shuts a host of vested interests. There are no visible wits coming out from this movie. But, watch carefully, every scene is brought up with caustic remarks and irony.
Malayalam films are undergoing a lot of transition that came to a status quo of ‘New Generation Movies’. There are a lot of false pretexts attributed to new generation films and almost all are made in a beaten script. As a result, many of the films became dead ringers of the previous ones.
Here, the director of ‘Shutter’, Joy Mathew deconstructs the term ‘new generation’ by going entirely in an opposite direction – a path less travelled. He has a well built base of a strong screen play which had been churned out to its best form for over two decades since he conceived the idea. It has a full length thrill, throwing a lot of stones around on our bad social set-ups.
This film is a paradigm of the virtue of drawing a small incident in a different way. It’s bracingly fresh an experience, when we are forced to spend a lot of time for movies. It’s certainly a different trail blazed for looking at a small incident and how it can transform the way we see the community.
‘Shutter’ is unique in the annals of film; unique because it’s well crafted by its principals, director Joy Mathew plus actors Vinay Fort and Lal. There is a line of actors who have really contributed to make this film a signal success. Sreenivasan, Sajitha Madathil, Nisha Joseph are a few among them.
It does not have a proclamation of a new wave. A story simply told gluing viewers to their seats, but with worth. Hari Nair’s cinematography is excellent to match with Ravee’s sound management.
In short, it’s a cri de Coeur aiming at making good films through a story line to review our friendship in times of test. ‘Shutter’ had won the Silver Crow Pheasant award at the international film festival held at Trivandrum in December 2012.