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Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Sada, Sneha Ullal, Rehan Khan, Chunky Pandey, Avtar Gill
Producers: Sangeeth Sivan, Sanjay Ahluwalia, Vinay Choksey
Director: Sangeeth Sivan
Story: Harish Nair
Cinematographer: Ramji
Music Director: Shamir Tandon
Banners: Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd, RNA Play Entertainment

Sangeeth Sivan’s Click is inspired from what he states, Japanese Horror films, known as J Horror. Inspired in Toto fromMasayuki Ochiai’s one such movie titled Shutter, it is suitable for remake since in content it offers traditional Indian belief, that of bhatakti aatma or suffering soul seeking to avenge an injustice done to it.

Avi (Shreyas Talpade) is a photographer specialising in model portfolios. His girl friend, Sonya (Sada) is a popular model. All is hunky dory till one day, while returning in their car from a dinner outing with his friends they knock down a woman on a deserted road. They don’t stop to find out her state. Later, they do suffer guilt pangs, but there’s no news about the accident victim, her body having vanished in thin air. However, it is after a series of eerie incidents, that one assumes, it is probably, Avi’s past catching up with him. It begins when he gets this light like shadow on the pictures every time he shoots. It is while he is clicking art school graduates that for the first time the pictures show a shadow like face of someone on the photograph prints. What is a professional portfolio photographer doing shooting a batch of graduates is not explained. The shadow soon comes out of the pictures he clicks to haunt him in real life. The shadow happens to be that of Avi’s batch mate Aarti (Sneha Ullal) whom he had seduced and later had been raped by his three friends. Apparently, her decomposed body has not yet been consigned to flames as per the custom; still lying in her house because her mother is convinced she is just ailing and will get up soon enough! Now this is not horror, this is macabre! Avi’s three friends mysteriously die one by one and it is Avi’s turn now.

Sangeeth Sivan takes a very predictable story and counts mainly on dream sequences and loudest possible sound effects to make the film scary with unsuccessful results. Also the film has many repetitive scenes adding unnecessarily to the length. Photography is good.

Shreyas Talpade does not look affected or scared enough. Sneha Ullal is more convincing. Sada is alright.

Box office prospects of Click, if any, are meagre.

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