It has been difficult to piece together my
thoughts afterthoughts on Solo as I had posted my initial reaction spontaneously when they broke for interval. I don’t have anything more to say, if I do, I fear it may not be very good things, and may prove to be harsher than it really was. Since the bar for Bejoy Nambiar’s Solo starring darling Dulqar Salman was set very high, the disappointment also falls with a loud thud.
My irritation began a little into the first story, when Shekar continued to stutter in this water world of puppy M&B kind of love with a graceful Sai Dhansika. But the World of Thrilok Menon got my full attention and love. Post interval, Dulqar as Shiva to the tune of aigiri nandini nandini, painting the town literally red with his inner rage was easily his best performance among the 4 so much so that in parts, he resembled his father from those intense 80-90 films. By the time the world of Rudra ended, I was sitting at the edge of my seat cursing myself for falling into the trap of promotional gimmicks to book tickets on day 1 of release. One of the weakest of stories among the 4 in the anthology, it could have been handled with grace, like it was beautifully done by his father and Babu Namboothiri in a popular earlier film; can’t help but compare in this case.
Verdict: If the stories were as compellingly excellent as the cinematographers’s frames and the music score, this experiment from Bejoy Nambiar’s camp could have become viral and gone on to be one of those memorable films in Malayalam.