Solo Movie Review

Language: Malayalam/Tamil Director: Bejoy Nambiar Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Dhansika, Ann Augustine, Prakash Belawadi, Qaushiq Mukherjee, Manoj K Jayan, Sai Tamhankar, Sruthi Hariharan, Neha Sharma Bejoy Nambiar’s Solo is an anthology of four shorts, anchored by Dulquer Salmaan in four flavours (had the actor been a newcomer, this would have been a heck of a showreel). There are other commonalities. Each segment spans four years. Each one features Dulquer as a character named after Shiva. Each one opens with a shot of the elements (rain in the first episode, wind ruffling a cyclist’s top in the second, etc.). Each one is capped by twist, and despite the tragedies in the narratives, each segment ends with a happy image. Each story features an accident (sometimes literal, sometimes an accidentally revealed relationship), and each one is deepened by children, either unborn or, well, accidentally born. These are Nambiar’s building blocks. His constructions are wobbly. The first episode is the most underwhelming. Dulquer plays Shekhar, a man with a “manufacturing defect” – he stammers. He gets to know that Radhika (Dhansika), who’s blind, likes him. We hardly feel the depth of this relationship, because the story keeps cutting back and forth in time […]

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