Feature name: Blurr
Cast: Taapsee Pannu and Gulshan Devaiah
Directed by: Ajay Bahl
Runtime: 126 min
Blurr follows Gayathri (Taapsee), an anthropologist, who is at a risk of losing her eyesight due to a degenerative disorder. She is also troubled by frequent nightmares surrounding her twin sister Gautami, a musician.
Gautami is also afflicted with the same condition, has been awaiting an eye surgery and has therefore decided to stay away from the public gaze.
Anticipating that something isn’t right, Gayathri and her husband Neel (Gulshan Devaiah) travel to check in on Gautami, only to find her dead. The first conclusion the police arrive at is that Gautami has died by suicide. But Gayathri is convinced that it’s a murder.
As Gayathri grieves the passing of her sister and struggles with the problems in her marriage and her eye condition, she encounters people who escalate her suspicion – Gautami’s creepy neighbour. A girl who is always lurking in the background, an elderly woman who complains about Gautami and an unseen man who is always scaring Gayathri when she is alone.
One of the things that Blurr gets right from the word go is creating a sinister atmosphere. Sudhir Chaudhary’s camerawork does wonders in spooking us out of our wits. The grey-dominated palette and a keen focus on the interiors of old buildings heighten the suspense. A sense of chill envelops us from the moment the movie opens with Gayathri’s bad dream. As the film progresses, Gayathri’s constant tussle with her mind becomes the central focus.
Speaking about the performances, Taapsee is excellent as Gayathri. She perfectly captures the fear, loneliness, vulnerability and courage of the protagonist. Though most of the movie rests on her shoulders, the supporting cast is also well-sketched. Gulshan is convincing as the exasperated husband, and Abhilash Thapliyal does a great job of giving us goosebumps.
Despite Blurr getting a little tedious at times, it manages to hold our attention and makes for an enjoyable experience.