Solo review: A roller coaster ride with a mix of highs and lows
It qualifies as a genuinely engaging watch, only if you are a fan of Dulquer Salmaan
Thursday 5 October 2017
Dulquer, Dhanshikaa, Neha, Arthi, Shruthi
Director Bejoy Nambiar’s Solo is an anthology featuring Dulquer Salmaan in the lead and the hero plays four different characters. The stories are connected as each represent an element, namely water, wind, fire and earth.
The first story is about Shekhar (Dulquer Salmaan) and Radhika (Dhansika). He is a hot blooded youth who is madly in love with visually impaired girl. The next one begins when a girl on a cycle is hit by a speeding car. Dulquer plays a guy named Trilok in this one.
Solo review (Tamil): Neither entirely satisfying nor boring
Siva, Dulquer’s third character, is a gangster with some horrible childhood memories. He barely talks but has no qualms about beating up anyone who is his boss’ target. Rudra, in the final story, is a hardworking cadet who is madly in love with the beautiful Akshara (Neha Sharma).
As you have noticed already, the names of the characters have been inspired by Lord Shiva and all of them are angry young men, who are passionate and confident about what they are doing. It’s perhaps unfair to judge each stories and play spoilsport. Let’s say that it’s a roller coaster ride with a mix of highs and lows.
Bejoy Nambiar, who has made a mark in Bollywood, packages this one deliciously with colourful frames and loud music. The focus is perhaps more on shaping the characters and not really on the intensity of the themes.
It’s a sheer delight to watch Dulquer Salmaan who immerses himself into the characters and he performs earnestly. He is intense and absolutely charming. He carries the whole film on his shoulders and does that quite convincingly.
Among the heroines, it is Dhansika who is terrific and walks away with a significant role. Neha Sharma has to look beautiful, which she does. Sruthi Hariharan hams it up while Arthi Venkatesh has nothing much to do in a cameo.
Solo has its moments though at times, it suffers from its writing. On the whole it qualifies as a genuinely engaging watch, only if you are a fan of Dulquer Salmaan.
Solo review:Verdict: An engaging watch