This crime thriller that doubles up as a personality research is earnest, however the scene-by-scene remake will invoke deja vu for those who have savoured the Malayalam unique

This crime thriller that doubles up as a personality research is earnest, however the scene-by-scene remake will invoke deja vu for those who have savoured the Malayalam unique

How a lot you’re prone to get pleasure from Shekhar might be proportional as to if you have watched its 2018 Malayalam unique, Joseph, starring Joju George. Faithful, scene-by-scene remakes have misplaced their sheen in the OTT period when the originals can be found with subtitles. However, in case you haven’t watched Joseph, Shekar has an fascinating story to relate. A narrative that can also be a personality research of the protagonist. Director Jeevitha Rajashekar steers away from mainstream Telugu cinema trappings and stays true to what the story requires. She and the group additionally deserve an appreciation for not attempting to alter the ending. 

Shekar is a household challenge involving Dr Rajashekar, his spouse Jeevitha and daughter Shivani. Yet, it doesn’t get indulgent. The father-daughter parts get a number of extra minutes than in the unique however with out tampering with the proceedings.

Jeevitha units the story in the idyllic Araku Valley. The unhurried, much less populated house befits the story. We see Dr Rajashekar as Shekar, a middle-aged loner who is losing away his days in the firm of smoke and alcohol. An erstwhile cop, his crime-solving instincts stay sharp and intact. Against the law he solves in the opening minutes, delineating the how and who, befit the small-town setting and nearly has that Sherlock Holmes technique to it.

The story takes off when Shekar smells one thing fishy after his spouse’s loss of life and digs deeper, and realises that one other loss from the previous has additionally been murky.


Cast: Dr Rajashekar, Aathmeeya Rajan, Muskaan Khubchandhani, Shivani Rajashekar

Direction: Jeevitha Rajashekar

Music: Anup Rubens

The modus operandi of the crime will get unravelled in the second and third acts of the narrative. Before that, there are different layers to peel. The non-linear narrative goes forwards and backwards to piece collectively what has made Shekar a brooding recluse. He carries the burden of the previous, consumed by guilt that he didn’t act in time to save lots of a cherished one; that in flip unsettles his house.

In the current day, he shares an awesome equation along with his associates who all the time stand by him. The extra fascinating and subtly explored rapport is the one he has with Mallikarjun (Kishore in a restrained, efficient portrayal), his former spouse’s second husband. The quiet respect the two have for one another reveals their inherent maturity. 

Shekar largely sticks to the beats of the unique, recreating digicam angles and even a lot of the dialogues. But in contrast to the unique, it doesn’t maintain intrigue since not all the actors do justice to their elements. While Dr Rajashekar places forth a honest efficiency as the middle-aged man, the throwback to his youthful days might have been dealt with higher. Older actors attempting to seem younger is all the time a tricky act. In the case of Aathmeeya Rajan (as the spouse Indu), the reverse is true. While she will carry off the youthful parts with ease, her make-up for the older half isn’t efficient. 

The romance parts between Muskaan and Rajashekhar additionally stick out like a sore thumb, with a track thrown in. The songs that punctuate the narrative additional decelerate the languidly paced film. 

Shekar is a detour from the norm for Telugu cinema and is an earnest try. If solely it had extra spark in the performances and higher music.

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