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Solo Movie Review: The Four Faces Of Experimentation!

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Solo is the Malayalam-Tamil bilingual anthology movie, which features Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role. The movie marks the Mollywood debut of renowned film-maker Bejoy Nambiar. Solo is produced by Bejoy Nambiar himself, along with Abraham Mathew, for the banners Getaway Films and Abaam Films.

Solo Plot

Solo consists of four segments, which have been titled as World of Rudra, World Of Siva, World Of Shekhar, and World Of Trilok. Dulquer Salmaan is appearing as the titular characters, Rudra, Siva, Shekhar, and Trilok, in all the four segments.

Shekhar is a college student who falls head over heels in love with a blind girl named Radhika. Trilok, on the other hand, is a veterinary doctor, who is on a mission.

Siva is a deadly gangster who seeks revenge for his father's death. Rudra, on the other hand, is an army officer who awaits his lady-love, Akshara. 

Segments, Cast & Crew

World Of Shekhar

This segment revolves around the love story of Shekhar and Radhika. The connection of Shekhar and Radhika's story with the element water has been brilliantly depicted in the narrative.

The major highlight of the segment is the wonderful chemistry between Dulquer and Dhansika. The beautiful songs have been placed perfectly. But, Dhansika's dubbing voice was a major letdown.

World Of Trilok

World Of Trilok, which revolves around the element wind, stands out among the four stories, with its brilliant conceptualisation. The segment is a complete thriller which has some really good acting moments and mysterious elements in store.

The emotional ups and downs of the titular character Trilok, a veterinary doctor, have been portrayed wonderfully. This segment will equally satisfy both the mass and class movie lovers.

World Of Siva

The segment, which revolves around the element fire, features Dulquer Salmaan in the role of the revenge-driven Siva. The exceptional actions sequences are the major highlights of the segment.

World Of Siva makes a mark with its exceptional storytelling and stellar performances. A sure treat for the dark movie lovers.

World Of Rudra

World Of Rudra is all about Lt. Rudra Ramachandran's unconditional love for Akshara. Even though the segment has all the elements to be a completely entertaining watch, it falls flat at certain points with the slow pace.

But the movie definitely makes a mark with the exceptional chemistry between Dulquer Salmaan & Neha Sharma, and the wonderful songs. It is a perfect watch for the class audiences.

Dulquer Salmaan As Shekhar, Trilok, Rudra, & Siva

Dulquer Salmaan deserves a huge round of applause for his impeccable movie selection skills. Kudos to the actor for associating with such a brave experiment.

When it comes to the performance, Dulquer Salmaan once again proves that he has immensely improved as an actor, with the four stellar performances in Solo. Especially, his performances as the characters Trilok and Siva are truly praiseworthy.

Script & Direction: Bejoy Nambiar

Bejoy Nambiar makes a fantastic debut with Solo, which is truly a new experience for the Malayalam audiences. The director has made a brave attempt by blending the four main elements of panchaboothas with four different stories.

When it comes to the technical aspects, except World Of Rudra, all the three segments are well-made and totally engaging. Nambiar has introduced a making style which is totally new to the Malayalam industry, which is praiseworthy.

A special mention to Dhanya Suresh, who has penned the dialogues for all the four segments.

The Leading Ladies

The movie introduces four leading ladies to the industry, including Sai Dhansika, Arthi Venkatesh, Neha Sharma, and Sruthi Hariharan.

Sai Dhansika, who essayed Radhika, scored with her charming screen presence and exceptional chemistry. But her dubbing voice played a spoilsport.

Model Arthi Venkatesh made a decent debut with the movie, but definitely, needs improvement when it comes to the performance.

Sruthi Hariharan, who played Rukku, scored with her strong performance but went overboard at times.

Neha Sharma, who played Akshara, also made a mark with her impressive performance. But there were some issues with the actress' lip-sync, at certain parts.


The Supporting Cast

The supporting cast of the movie, including Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Nazar, Dino Morea, Manoj K Jayan, Prakash Belawadi, Soubin Shahir, Renji Panicker, Ann Augustine Deepti Sati, etc. have done total justice to their respective roles.

Songs & Background Score

The exceptionally brilliant songs, which are composed by Prashant Pillai, Thaikkudam Bridge, Masala Coffee, Gaurav Godkhindi, Agam, Filter Coffee, Brodha V, TaalAtma, Abhinav Bhansal, Sooraj Kurup and Sez, are the biggest plus point of the movie.

Among the songs, Aigiri Nandini from World Of Siva and Roshomon and Sita Kalyanam from World Of Rudra have made great impact in theatres.

All the segments of the movie were equally impressive, when it comes to the background score. Govind Menon, who handled the bgm World Of Siva, deserves a special mention.

Cinematography: Girish Gangadharan, Madhu Neelakandan & Sejal Shah

The team of cinematographers, including Girish Gangadharan, Madhu Neelakandan, and Sejal Shah have done a fantastic job. Solo is rich with the extraordinary visualisation, which is pretty new to Malayalam cinema.

Among the four segments, it is World Of Siva and World Of Rudra, which especially stand out with the magnificent visualisation.


Other Technical Aspects

Another technician who deserves a special mention is the editor, A Sreekar Prasad. Despite the slightly slower pace of World Of Rudra, the movie is a totally engaging watch. Gopika Gulwandi, who designed the costumes for all the four segments, needs to be applauded for her fantastic work.

Verdict

An absolutely brave attempt! This experimental anthology will not disappoint you if you are a genuine movie lover.

Rating:
3.5/5
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