‘Blurr,’ starring Taapsee Pannu and Gulshan Devaiah, has premiered on Zee5. The film is a remake of ‘Julia’s Eyes,’ a Spanish film. Is the film, however, worth your time? To learn out, read the entire movie review.
The film is an authentic Hindi version of the Spanish film Julia’s Eyes. Gayatri, the protagonist of the narrative, discovers the sudden death of her vision-challenged twin sister.
She then tries to solve the murder case while dealing with her own vision. Will she be able to discover the killer of her twin sister? Or will she be slain in the pursuit? Will additional skeletons from her own family emerge from the closet as she searches for the murderer? You’ll have to see the movie to find out.
Taapsee Pannu bears the weight of the film on her shoulders. However, three of her flicks this year – ‘Loop Lapeta,’ ‘Dobaaraa,’ and ‘Blurr’ – all have her racing against the clock in some fashion. It’s not that the plots of the three films are identical, but because they’re all thrillers, all of them are western remakes, and all of them feature Taapsee Pannu who doesn’t look too different – they all have a similar feel. I’m not trying to take anything away from Taapsee Pannu’s amazing performance in ‘Blurr,’ but it feels like you’ve previously seen this character.
While she did a ‘Mishan Impossible,’ a ‘Tadka,’ and a ‘Shabash Mithu’ this year, it wouldn’t hurt to see her choose some more variation in her parts and even her appearance. All in all, in ‘Blurr’ she has done a nice job, but it sort of appears like her battle with time is continuing from ‘Loop Lapeta’ to ‘Dobaar’a’ to now ‘Blurr’.
Gulshan Devaiah has been completely squandered. The class actor has been cast in such a little role that has no bearing on the tale that you, the viewer, feel sorry for him.
His performance seemed more like an extended cameo, which might have been a major plot shock for the conclusion.
Abhilash Thapliyal’s character is a surprise, yet as an audience, you were expecting a huge celebrity to play him. He did quite well in his short screen time. The amount of crazy he injects into the character is what keeps you interested throughout the conclusion. His unpredictability, his ‘what would he do next?’ quality, is what makes the character more believable.
All in all, it wouldn’t have been a terrible idea to switch the actors and have Gulshan Devaiah portray the part performed by Abhilash Thapliyal, and vice versa. That would have been a fantastic plot surprise.
The other supporting cast members don’t have enough screen time to be mentioned.
Script, Direction, and Technical Aspects of ‘Blurr’
Ajay Bahl manages to keep the suspense going till the very end. However, he is unable to present a positive picture of eye donation, eye surgery, and following eye care. It would have been fantastic if he had put more effort into explaining the entire element, given the movie’s main premise is dependent on it. Aside from that, Bahl has managed to keep the excitement factor intact at all times. When you think the movie is losing steam and growing uninteresting, something unexpected happens and you’re drawn back into the tale. That’s a fantastic asset to have.
The scripting of Ajay Bahl and Pawan Soni is the film’s main flaw. They only needed to keep to the screenplay of ‘Julia’s Eyes’ and not Indianize it too much because the plot is mostly shot inside and there isn’t much to modify.
However, to add some local twists and turns, they’ve included a couple of completely superfluous subplots. For instance, why was it important to depict the spouse having an affair with the deceased twin? Then there’s the explanation for why the killer kept snapping and photographing his victims. Many of these subplots were not satisfactorily resolved.
The film’s best feature is its cinematography. The misty mornings, the evenings filled with rain and thunder, and the twisting and winding roads nestled among the old hilltop cottages – aah! Lovely! Sudhir K. Chaudhary’s mastery of the medium is evident in every shot of the film.
For example, using a gray or blue tint to photograph the entire thing adds a much-needed gloomy, dark, and thriller impact to the plot while also giving the spectator the impression of being in a mountainous tiny town. Then there’s the fact that he doesn’t reveal any of the prospective suspects’ faces until the film’s conclusion. As an audience, you’re left speculating if the adversary is the doctor, the neighbor, the nurse, or the neighbor’s child, or who it truly is. And you can’t make any assumptions about them since you can’t see their faces. Masterstroke!
Manish Pradhan’s editing is very sharp and keeps the presentation on track. Keeping a thriller to just around 2 hours and managing to not let the energy droop even touch, is surely impressive.
Unfortunately, Aditya Pushkarna’s music falls short of expectations. Typically, the background soundtrack and music in thrillers ease the viewer’s experience and make them feel as though they are standing right by the primary character. Unfortunately, it did not happen with Aditya Pushkarna’s music.
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‘Blurr’ manages to keep the suspense going until the very end. However, the movie tries to cover a lot of various subplots, which might be a little confusing for a spectator. Despite the excellent photography, the filmmakers should have paid greater attention to eye disease, eye surgery, and following eye care. Even with its flaws, this is an excellent one-time watch.