Shutter (2012 film)
|Directed by||Joy Mathew|
|Produced by||Saritha Ann Thomas|
|Written by||Joy Mathew|
|Music by||Shahabaz Amam
|Running time||134 minutes|
Shutter is a 2012 Indian Malayalam thriller film written and directed by theater actor and playwright Joy Mathew in his directorial debut. The film set and filmed in Kozhikode, stars Lal, Sreenivasan, Vinay Forrt, Sajitha Madathil and Riya Saira. Renganaath Ravee does the sound design, Hari Nair cranks the camera . The film, notably features a poem by Pablo Neruda, set to music and sung by Shahabaz Aman. Biby Sam and Jacob Panikker composed the background score for the film.
Claimed to be a part of the new-wave in Malayalam cinema, the film is a satire about Indian laborers in the Gulf and is set within two days and a night in the city of Kozhikode. The film portrays unexpected incidents happening in two days and a night in the city of Kozhikode. The story centers around the mess created by three men — a Gulf Malayali, a film director and an auto driver — after they meet a strange woman in bizarre circumstance. The film is a moral suspense thriller and according to the director it is "poetical violence on celluloid".
The film had its Indian premiere at the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala and international premiere at the 9th Dubai International Film Festival. It won the Silver Crow Pheasant Award for Best Feature Film (Audience Prize) at the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala.
- Lal as Rasheed
- Sreenivasan as Director Manoharan
- Vinay Forrt as Nanmayil Suran
- Sajitha Madathil as Thankam, the prostitute
- Riya Saira as Nyla, Rasheed's daughter
- Nisha Joseph as Rasheed's wife
- Prem Kumar as S.I. Subhashchandran
- Vijayan Karanthoor
- Appunni Sasi
The film marks the directorial debut of Joy Mathew, who is a well known face in the Malayalam drama industry and shot to fame in films by portraying the central character in John Abraham's classic film Amma Ariyan. Noted theatre actor Sajtha Madathil plays the female lead in the film while Apoorvaragam fame Vinay Forrt and includes about sixty experienced theatre actors from Kerala and Gulf countries. Academy Award-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty was initially approached for the film's sound recording. When he opted out, another noted sound designer Renganaath Ravee was chosen. The sound mixing was done by M. R. Rajakrishnan. National award-winning cinematographer Hari Nair wields camera for the film. A longtime friend of Joy Mathew, Nair is making his comeback to Malayalam cinema after quite a long gap with this film.
The film was completely shot from Kozhikode and was completed by July 2012.
The soundtrack to the film features three songs. The first, is a poem by Pablo Neruda, set to music and sung by Shahabaz Aman. Teenage school student from Kozhikkode, Zubin Imtiaz, was approached to provide a bilingual song, "Kyun". Along with Jacob Panikker, he penned the Hindi lyrics while Joy Mathew provided the Malayalam verse. Zubin and BB Sam composed the music for the song. The third song which is briefly heard sung by Joy Mathew in a cameo appearance in the film, is played during the ending credits. The lyricist of this old folk song is not known.
|1.||"Ee Raathriyil"||Pablo Neruda, Shahabaz Aman||Shahabaz Aman||3:20|
|2.||"Kyun"||Zubin Imtiaz, Jacob Panikker||Avni Joglekar, Tejas||5:00|
|3.||"Naadu Kaani"||Anonymous||Joy Mathew||2:50|
Release and reception
Film festival screening
The film had its Indian premiere on 9 December 2012 at the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala where it was screened in the International Competition Section. The film's international premiere was at the 9th Dubai International Film Festival where it was screened on 10 December at the Cross Section of Indian Films section. The film had won the Silver Crow Pheasant award for the best movie in the Audience Choice section.
The film had its theatrical release on February 22, 2013. Gold Coin Motion Pictures, owned by ace film director, Ranjith Balakrishnan, and Seven Arts pictures has taken the distribution rights.
The movie got thunderous applause when screened at IFFK 2012 Trivandrum and DIFF Dubai. The film got favourable reviews upon theatrical release. Veeyen of Nowrunning.com opined that "Joy Mathew's directorial debut reinstates your faith in fine cinema, and has already made it to my list of the most gratifying films of the year." He also added in a sparkling review that "Shutter is a keenly observed drama on human predicament that appears delectably funny at times and palpably poignant at others."
Rating the film 3 stars out of 5, Dalton L of Deccan Chronicle says "Joy Mathew’s drama, through an act of trust, forces open the shutters of the conservative eyes of a moralist with double standards, humbles him, and sets him free from the shackles of his sinful thoughts."
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