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Kannada movie Whistle is a remake of Tamil hit movie Pizza, which starred Vijay Sethupathi and Remya Nambeesan. The Kollywood film was made with a meagre budget and it had become one of the big hits in Tamil film industry last year.
Chiranjeevi Sarja aka Chiru has paired up with Pranitha for the first time. Prashant Raj of Love Guru fame has directed the Kannada movie. The film also features Guru Dutt and director Guruprasad of Mutta fame in the key roles.
While Joshua Sridhar has composed the music, Santhosh Pathaje has handled the cinematography. Guruprasad has penned the dialogues. Well, what all these names have to offer? Read it in the review...
Ram (Chiranjeevi Sarja) is in a live-in relationship with his girlfriend Anu played by Pranitha, who is interested in supernatural powers. The hero doesn't believe in supernatural powers, but he soon realises their presence. Firstly, things change with the unexpected pregnancy of Pranitha, which forces him to tie the knot, and then with a routine late evening delivery.
On one particular day, he goes out to deliver a pizza to a customer and returns back to the restaurant in a state of shock and apparently injured muttering his partner's name over and over again.
Director Prashanth Raj has taken the first half to build the main characters, and their romance, which is not the highlight of the movie. The real story begins with the forsaken pizza delivery which immerses audience into fears. By the end of the first half, people will be guessing the possibilities, but they will have to wait till the later half of the second half to know the truth.
The story of Whistle will be backed by good screenplay, which keeps you engaged most of the time. It also sends chills down your spine at parts.
Chiranjeevi Is Good
Chiranjeevi Sarja has played his part well and justifies the role. He is energetic and shows the signs of maturity in acting.
Pranitha looks stunning at parts. She has also given a convincing act. Guruprasad and Guru Dutt have played their parts well. Joshua Sridhar's background score is an integral part of the film. It has helped the director to elevate the intensity of several horror scenes. His two songs are good.
Santhosh Pathaje's picturisation is the highlight in the technical front. The way he has set his frame in both romantic and haunting sequences are excellent, and it is visual treat to the audience. Guruprasad's dialogues are good.
All in all, Whistle has all the elements to make a perfect suspense thriller. The movie has good performances by the lead roles, intriguing and gripping narration, deft camera work, eerie sound effects and nice background score.