(Note: This is a review of the Malayalam version of Solo. The film has been simultaneously made in Tamil.) Dulquer Salmaan is as as I the planet Mercury must be. Now someone Mercury down to earth, cloning it to generate four blazing balls of fire and packing them into a single film. That is what writer-director Bejoy Nambiar has done in his new release Solo , an anthology of short stories written jointly Nambiar and Dhanya Suresh, DQ — as he is popularly known — playing the protagonist in each. Too hot to handle? (meaning, that hormonally charged first paragraph) aside, actually . Nambiar handles the central artiste in his cast as any director should treat a gifted performer: but not reverence. Too filmmakers ruin potentially good projects behaving like fanboys rather than helmsmen. In Nambiar’s hands though, Solo is not star-struck, not designed simply to show off a young superstar’s beauty and talent, not painfully conscious of his presence or overwhelmed it. Salmaan does not overshadow all else here. He is what he is and ought to be: an actor playing a part… well, four parts. […]

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