Solo review: An above average family entertainer
Friday 25 November 2011
Nara Rohith, Nisha Agarwal, Prakash Raj, Alia
Vaishnavi`s father (Prakash Raj) also wants his daughter to be married to a guy who has strong family ties. Hence he rejects Gowtham and Vasinavi`s love. Rest of the movie revolves around how Gowtham wins his love and all that he has wanted in his life.
Director Parashuram made his debut with a youthful entertainer Yuvatha and later made the flop movie Anjaneyulu. Unlike his earlier two films, Solo concentrates on subtle romance, witty dialogues and family values.
The basic story line of an orphan looking for a family through marriage is interesting and he builds the entire screenplay on it. The movie begins with a voice over by director Puri Jagannadh.
First half of the movie moves fast with the romance between Nara Rohith and Nisha. Comedy by M.S. Narayana and Nara Rohith`s gang of friends - Srinivas Reddy, Narsinha keep the audience entertained. Post interval, the movie falls in a predictable situation and runs slowly.
The film`s main strength is the climax and the dialogues, though the second half is similar to Bommarillu Bhaskar`s Parugu.
Nara Rohith has good looks but he needs to shrug off rigidity in expressions and body language. He was perfect for the role he portrayed in his first film - Baanam. But this film needs him to look endearing as it is a family-romantic drama but he is so stoic in many scenes.
Nisha Agarwal is good as she has charming looks and also delivers performance in the climax. Savita Reddy has provided voice to her. Pillar of the movie is Prakash Raj; this experienced and multiple award-winning actor holds the whole drama even in simple scenes. Jayasudha, Pavitra Lokesh, Shayaji Shinde and Ravi are suited well.
Ali and M S Narayana provide some good laughter. Srinivas Reddy, Narasimha and others have done justice to their roles.
Dasarathi Shivendra`s camera work is fantastic. For a small budgeted film both the visuals and artwork are pretty good. Manisharma`s music is just okay.
As a writer and director Parashuram has matured. From his first film to this, there is a steady growth in handling emotional scenes. As a dialogue writer, he scores big marks. Dialogues are his strength and he shows off his skills here. He should have made the film a little crispier in the second half.
Solo has an interesting plot line and provides emotional quotient in the second half. A little taut narration in the second half would have made much difference. On the whole, the film is nice and an above average family entertainer.