Film: Window Seat
Producer: Shalini Manjunath
Director: Sheetal Shetty
Starring: Nirup Bhandari, Amrutha Iyengar, Sangana Anand, Ravishankar, Lekha Naidu, Madhusudhan Rao and others
Not many had any expectations about this week’s another release ‘Window Seat’, which marks the directorial debut of anchor and actress Sheetal Shetty. But Sheetal surprises everyone with a psychological film which is a new attempt in Kannada.
‘Window Seat’ is the story of Raghu (Nirup Bhandari) who commutes by train from Talagupaa to Sagara daily for work. Daily during the journey, he catches a glimpse of a girl, whom he falls in love with. One day, he sees her being murdered. He tries to get the cops investigate about the murder. What happens next forms the crux of the film.
As told earlier, Sheetal surprises everyone with a engrossing and edgy thriller. Sheetal takes time in the first half to establish the love story and characterization of Raghu. It is only during the pre-interval part that the film has a new twist. From then on, the film makes the audience glued to their seats with a lot of twists and turns.
The highlight of ‘Window Seat’ is, it is smartly written. The performances are good, the film has good twists and turns, the background music haunts and not the least, the way Sheetal has handled the subject is quite interesting.
Nirup who looked wooden in his previous films, excels in the role of Raghu in the film. He carries the film on his shoulders completely. Amrutha Iyengar and Sanjana Anand has nothing much to do. Lekha Naidu, who is seen in the role of Sub-Inspector Parvathi is a revelation. She plays a no-nonsense police officer and has done a great job. Ravishankar, Madhusudhan Rao provides adequate support. Arjun Janya’s music as well as background music is another added advantage to the film.
‘Window Seat’ does not boast of a high octane action sequences, heroism and other commercial elements, but a soft yet effective psychological thriller which haunts even after coming out of the theaters.