After watching “ Solo ,” I once again ramped up my belief that it’s vital for filmmakers to observe real life situations. Bejoy Nambiar has taken up a task that seems hard for him while interpreting or creating a story that is apt for four mythical elements: Earth (Rudra), Fire (Siva), Water (Shekhar) and Air (Trilok). He handles romance, revenge and thriller genres in the film, which is a compendium of four different stories based on these mythical elements.
As a mentee of veteran filmmaker Mani Ratnam, Bejoy is unable to eschew his mentor’s influence in romantic scenes. Visually, the film appeals the senses, but crude dialogues and trite scenes make it a mundane watch. Bejoy fails to jazz up the whole action though the film has a novelty regarding the theme he has relied upon to make an anthology film.
Dulquer Salman appears in “Solo” as Shekhar, Trilok Menon, Siva and Rudra. The fripperies fall in right proportions for this Dulquer-film, but the script offers hardly any challenge for him and he has done justice to all the roles. Of the four stories, only the tale of Siva, a goon, can evoke the kind of emotion the director intends from the audience.
Bejoy Nambiar makes his debut in Malayalam through this bi-lingual movie Solo, which has stories squeezed into the concept of each element. To begin with, the love affair between Shekhar and visually-challenged Radhika (Dhansika) sets the perfect launch for the young hero. The tragedy that follows links the tale to water. The first story gives ample room for Dhansika to perform compared to her counterparts in other stories of the film.
The accident scene and the ephemeral mystery in the second story give the heebie-jeebies, especially through the character Justin, portrayed by Anson Paul. Apparently, this is the sole place where you would feel the entertaining factor in the film. Though the actions of Trilok are a little far-fetched, editing by Sreekar Prasad and cinematography (Gireesh Gangadhrn, Madhu Neelakandan and Sejal Shah) give a convincing feel.
The world of Siva in the third story is murky and his tumultuous relation with his wife Rukku (Sruthi Hariharan) and father leads to his tragic end. Sruthi has a mediocre outing in the performance-oriented character.
The final story, which is based on the element Earth, is pathetic than the rest. The love story of Lt. Rudra Ramachandran is simply puerile and a lame climax reveals lack of imagination by the director and writer Dhanya Suresh. It reminds me of the story of the yesteryear film “Ashokante Aswathykuttikku.”
Actors like Suhasini, Nasser, Dino Morea and Deepti Sati are mere onlookers in Solo. Needless to say, Arthi Venkatesh as Ayesha and Neha Sharma as Akshara are struggling hard to cope with the necessity of exuding timely emotions in a feature film. They reiterate that they hardly know what it takes. The chasm of being a model and an actress is simply proven.
“Solo” is an attractive froth-filled big bubble. Once you touch it enticed by the hues created under the archlights, the crudity of the substance gets vividly exposed.