The very first dialogue of the film says, “ Exposure ka matlab bare exposure nahi hota ” (exposure doesn’t mean bare exposure). Only if director Sangeeth Sivan could appreciate the opening line of his film, Click could have been a much better flick.
Click is as barefaced a horror film can get with literal in-your-face thrill treatment. The spook strategy dates back to Ramsay days with white-faced ghosts popping out their white-eyeballs to colourless effect.
A ‘frame-to-frame’ remake of Thai film Shutter (2006), which was remade in Telugu as Photo (2006), in Tamil as Sivi (2007), in English as Shutter (2008) before finally being remade in Hindi as Click . Sadly this reprint develops negatively.
A photographer Avi (Shreyas Talpade) and his girlfriend Sonia (Sada) accidentally run over their speeding car on a female and escape from the spot. Subsequently, strange silhouettes appear in photographs clicked by Avi and Sonia is haunted by some spirit.
It doesn’t take you long to realize that there exists some connection between a friend (Rehan Khan) who appears only in songs and a figure (Sneha Ullal) who appears only in snaps. But the film takes really long to establish that link, until it finally cuts into a ‘done to death’ flashback. That’s only after the heroine shows her concern for the hero with clichéd lines like ‘ Subah se tumne kuch nahi khaya ’, while the horror flick doesn’t show much concern for it’s story that lacks meat but is stuffed only with blood and gore.
Click clearly isn’t a thriller that comes with a ‘don’t miss the beginning’ tag. Riya Sen gets special thanks for a tacky item number in the opening credits, where the film absolutely disregards to acknowledge the original Thai film. The horror resorts to exaggerated spooky sequences that turn out to be a nightmare (literally). The writing is conspicuously contrived and scenes are stretched to extents that test the audiences’ patience. Comparatively the culmination is inventive and interestingly handled.
Expectedly the film relies a lot on the regular external elements of sound effects and camera tricks to induce thrills. Sadly Ramji’s cinematography is no ‘great shakes’ and is too tacky esp. for a film revolving around a camera. Sandeep Chowta’s background score hammers on your head. The foreign plot is traditionally Indianized with interrupting song and dance and Shamir Tandon’s music is equally lackluster with some screechy arrangements. Chirag Jain’s editing is too lousy for a horror film. Art director Narendra Rahurikar stuffs his sets with too many abstract artifacts that at times scare more than the ghost. To sum up, director Sangeeth Sivan lacks the technical finesse to handle the horror genre and ends up remaking an average story into an appalling film.
Both Shreyas Talpade and Sada strive hard to sustain the film but could do with better scripts. Sneha Ullal seems to have literally gone from ‘Ash to ashes’ and struggles hard to breathe life in her dead character to no avail. Chunky Pandey continues to ham miserably.
Click seems to be as manipulative as photo-shopped images. It simply fails to click.