Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

When Gayatri dreams of someone forcing her twin Gautami to hang herself, she rushes with her husband to her sister’s place to find her dead indeed. Everybody is convinced it’s a simple suicide case, but Gayatri begins her own investigation, convinced her sister was murdered. Someone shadowy starts to tail Gayatri everywhere and things get more complicated when she starts suffering from progressive blindness, just like her twin.

Directed by Ajay Bhal, who has co-written the story with Pawan Sony, the 2022 Bollywood Thriller ‘Blurr’ stars Taapsee Pannu as the twins and Gulshan Devaiah as Gayatri’s husband Neel. The premise of the film is intriguing, and Taapsee delivers an engaging performance as a lone woman trying to catch hold of a potential psychotic killer. However, her character makes some decisions that aren’t very logical and simply serve as plot devices to push the story forward. Like her decision to live alone in her sister’s remote home after an eye operation, even when the doctor suggests she stay in the hospital. But fine, we can roll with it…

The cinematography post Gayatri’s eye operation was interestingly creative – except for her, all characters are shot in a way that the viewer cannot see their faces but only hear their voices. It’s the creator’s way of showing us things through Gayatri’s perspective when her eyes are covered in bandages. It also serves to build considerable suspense over the events unfolding in the story.

While the first half was quite gripping, the pace begins to slacken a little in the second half and becomes tedious after the first major reveal/twist in the story. Some of the settings were blatantly overdone – they all seem out of a horror movie from the 90s. The houses featured through the runtime are cluttered, creepy, and cosmetic. A lot of things were very predictable, except for the final truth about Gautami’s death. So, while the climactic twist did come as a surprise, the writers prolong the drama towards the end and squeeze in a few last-minute themes in the tale that weren’t necessary. With some cuts and a crisper runtime, this could’ve been a lot more thrilling. ‘Blurr’ is a decent thriller, I just felt more disappointed than usual because it builds your hopes up as a viewer and then delivers a prolonged end chapter.

It’s a 5/10 from me. Stream it on Zee 5.

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