Solo Movie Review: It’s a dark tone poem by Bejoy Nambiar. It’s just cinematic tripping. 3.5/5

The storyline is made up of a bunch of short stories. A common factor, apart from their names, between the stories is ‘birth’ – ‘jananam’.

Dulquer tells Anson Paul that he was shocked when he came to know that Ayesha was pregnant when she was taking her last breath – it is immediately cut to the smiling face of Ayesha. That was awesome. This is my favorite moment of this film. Something hit my heart. This movie has so many such memorable scenes from the scene where Arthi Venkatesh directly stares at us laying on road to the scene Dulquer requesting Dhansika to come back to him (the music track at this point is out of world experience). Intense dramatic scenes like this come pretty much through the whole movie.

I wish to tell more about few more scenes but it will be too early to discuss about it. Bejoy makes the film and the characters infinitely rich. Lookout for: Trilok (Dulquer), Siva (Dulquer), Rukku (Sruthi Hariharan), Ann Augustine’s character, and Sati (Sai Tamhankar).

On the downside: Romantic dialogues (Malayalam) was more like a direct translation from Tamil – in Malayalam it tends to go bit loosy at times. Especially in the romantic/couple portions in ‘Siva’ and ‘Shekhar’. The dubbing for Sruthi Hariharan could have been better. The emotion she expresses through eyes deserved better sound.

The hero/s and characters of Bejoy Nambiar here faces conflicts which are real. Bejoy takes a number of completely different likable characters and breathes life into them. How many characters, how many actors… it will be a long list to mention all the good performers. For a film of this magnitude the cast had to be perfect for the roles. To consolidate in one sentence – Acting is sublime and masterful. The movie had such a great cast.

This film belongs to Dulquer Salmaan as much as the music composers. He lights up the screen with his dynamic performance. Taking on such a contrasting list of roles, especially within the same movie, could be an actor’s dream. Dulquer makes the four different characters his own elegance and charm. The most impressing accomplishment is how he made the characters so much more than what the character is. His performance is truly a sight to see. Every scene he is in makes me smile from sheer amazement of how incredible an actor he is. Sruthi Hariharan is very impressive, so is Neha Sharma. Look at the poetic eyes of Sruthi Hariharan when she utters ‘I told him not to go’. Class. Suhasini pops up in a flash and gives a fine performance even if her time on screen isn’t very much.

The soundtrack is amazing with a great mix of haunting songs ranging from Thaikkudam Bridge’s “Aigiri Nandini” and Sooraj S. Kurup’s “Sita Kalyanam” to Prashant Pillai’s “Roshomon” which not only help to make it a truly unique movie but also makes it more fun to watch. The music chosen surely makes the soundtrack one of the best of all time.

I don’t have enough space here to point out all of my favorite moments. Bejoy Nambiar’s Solo is as entertaining, as it is original. I will not say anything more about this movie. You have to do with your eyes. It is simply an incredible film in its own right.

Film-Critic. Column Writer. Cinephile. Learning the art of Filmmaking. Madly in love with Cinema.

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