Debutant director Sharath A Haridasan’s Salalah Mobiles is a mushy love story, which is amateurish and disturbingly inane. There is no point in mincing words while talking about the first major release of the year, as this one could easily find a place among the worst films to have occurred in Malayalam during recent times.
What else can you say about a movie, which narrates a story that is too simple and is a potpourri of some tasteless scenes? Adding some computer graphics and loud background scores barely makes it even remotely entertaining!
Afsal (Dulquer Salmaan) is a lazy youth, with a loving mother, played by Geetha. He opens a mobile shop in Kozhikode with the help of his uncle, an NRI working in Salalah, Oman.
The shop opens soon and the woes of the viewers begin along with. Afsal is instantly smitten by the ample charm of Shahana (Nazriya Nazim), who is studying in a nearby college. But as it happens in every stereotyped romantic tale, the hero waits unendingly to reveal his mind. Half way through the film, you stop to care if their love blossoms or not!
Somewhere in between, ace Tamil comedian Santhanam plays a brief role as Azhagar Sami, a genius software developer based in Coimbatore. The hero gets the software to tap the phone calls of strangers. What happens next? Nothing actually, but if you are really keen, go and watch it for yourself.
Sharath A Haridasan’s film has no credible storyline and is barely engaging for the viewers. Satheesh Kurup’s visuals are fine but Gopi Sundar’s music is boisterous and at times, even irritating. The song Eeran Kaattin… has an uncanny resemblance to the evergreen melody Piyu Bole… from Parineeta.
What was Dulquer Salmaan thinking when he agreed to do a film with this script? The actor, who is not really known for his acting bones, usually makes up with his good looks but here he looks totally out of sync. Nazriya Nazim has nothing much to do in the whole film and she fails to impress even those scenes where she is meant to emote.
Santhanam, who is known for his terrific comic timing in Tamil that has earned him a huge fan following in Kerala, makes his entry into Malayalam with this rather horrible choice. Kunjan, who mimics his own role from the yesteryear hit Aey Auto, reminds us that I don’t require too many scenes to make things boring for the viewers! The presence of Dulquer’s ABCD pals, like Jacob Gregory and Sreekumar, never helps to improve the matters in any way.
Though Salalah Mobiles is just about 130 minutes long, it requires real patience to sit through this ordeal. If anything is surprising about this damp squib, it is the audacity of those behind the movie to present this misadventure before the viewers. Forget this outdated mobile and go for a smart one!