Solo review: Bejoy makes an ambitious attempt
Neither entirely satisfying nor boring
Thursday 5 October 2017
Dulquer, Dhanshikaa, Neha, Arthi, Shruthi
Solo is an anthology of four stories with four different characters Shekhar, Trilok, Shiva and Rudhra, all played by Dulquer Salmaan.
Shekhar is a student who has stammering, Trilok is a veterinary doctor, Shiva is a gangster and Rudhra is an army officer. All the four men are unable to lead a happy life with their ladylove due to different reasons.
Fate plays spoilsport for Shekhar after he falls in love with a pretty blind girl (Dhanshikaa), Trilok wants to take revenge on a father and son who are reason behind his wife's (Aarthi Venkatesh) death, a bad childhood and circumstances turns Shiva and his young brother into gangsters and a quirky coincidence separates Rudhra from his sweetheart.
Solo review (Malayalam): A roller coaster ride with a mix of highs and lows
The film is all about how these protagonists handle the situation. Shekhar is optimistic and continues to make his life beautiful, Trilok takes revenge against the people who takes away his happy life, Shiva fails mid-way while Rudhra has no other option but to accept the reality!
Among the four stories the pick of the lot is Trilok and his episode while the weakest is the much hyped Rudhra and his love story which ends as an unintentional comedy. Solo works mainly because of Dulquer and his screen presence. The actor fits into all the four different characters with ease and proves that he is one of the finest talents of this generation.
Bejoy 's writing is joyful and engaging, and he has used different color tones, music and even backdrop for the four stories. But like his earlier works, Bejoy focuses more on style than making it look natural.
Among the four girls, Dhanshikaa gets more screen space and she has effectively used it. Shruthi's portions remind us of Meera Jasmine in Aayutha Ezhuthu, Arthi 's character is more or less a cameo whereas the cherubic Neha is good.
Solo is not your regular mainstream film with one story, one hero, one heroine and one villain. Since it's an anthology of four scripts, as an audience it would take some time to settle down In the end, Solo is neither entirely satisfying nor boring
Solo review: Verdict: Watchable