As one sits through the tough ordeal called Salaam Kashmir, directed by veteran filmmaker Joshiy, it is a sense of disbelief that creeps in. You can call this nonsense, a film?
After one of the worst films of last year, Lokpal, the director seems to be in a hurry to churn out another equally bad film, without any regard for the film’s story or screenplay.
The question is, what prompts these veterans (which includes the film`s ageing heroes, Jayaram and Suresh Gopi) to come up with this film? It should be hefty pay packets for sure and there have been reports in the media confirming this as well.
The story by Shyju Anthikkad is plain ridiculous, to say the least. Sethu, who has written the screenplay and dialogues, has added lots of spicy lines, perhaps to make it fit for the “new- gen” viewers as well.
Sreekumar (Jayaram) is living in a high range village and totally busy doing all the household chores on a regular basis, which includes cleaning up the house, cooking, washing clothes, dropping the daughter at the bus stop and so on. His wife Suja aka Leena (Miya) is working in a nearby bank.
The entire first half is devoted to this exercise and some buffooneries that is meant to make the viewers laugh, like a few girls coming for tuition to learn cooking and a drunken sequence at a wealthy friend`s place.
Not to forget the surprise appearances of Tomy Eapen Devassy (Suresh Gopi), which upsets Sreekumar. He is irked by Tomy`s presence and things go horribly wrong for the couple after Suja spends a whole day with Tomy, after bunking office.
Now we have to wait to know who this Tomy is and why is it that Sreekumar hates him so much. And the explanation should get the prize for the most absurd plot that has come in films, during recent years. The whole story lacks any logic and blunders that are being shown with great importance can make you puke!
No point in mincing words, this film is an insult to the viewers. The industry should seriously discuss the harm that films like these are doing, mainly to the producers and not to forget to the hapless viewers. When lots of talented filmmakers find it difficult to come out with a film, how can a few get away with a crap movie like this one?
Even the music director and the lyricist seem to have contributed in their own way to add to our woes. Or listen to the songs in the film and decide for yourself!
Jayaram does what he has been doing all along, that is to repeat his “mimicry style” as usual and if his antics on screen are not enough, he croons a song, where he sounds to be on the verge of crying. Suresh Gopi tries to repeat his Commissoner and Lelam acts once again, but less effectively. Miya tries hard but there is nothing much to prove her talents here.
Now, though we don`t want to add any spoilers, you can join the Indian Army and come out of it, just like that? The strategic aspects have been shown without any research or knowledge and most of the scenes are unintentionally funny. Can someone please explain why one should go to the hilly terrain near the border to develop some software programmes to combat the enemy?
But then, Salaam Kashmir is not meant to be taken seriously. Even those newsreels that are shown at the beginning of the films would be found more enjoyable than this idiotic misadventure! Stay away from this one, please.