Solo Evokes The Four Elements Inside The Viewer
Solo provokes thoughts, relates stories with epics, unearths the depth of characters revered in them, says Sriram
On Oct 07, 2017


Even before its release, Solo did almost everything that any blockbuster would have loved to do. Songs stormed the social media one after the other carrying the 'solo' tag. Teasers and posters revealed characters not just in terms of looks, but in terms of deep and subtle traits which made them instantly likeable. The greatest challenge Solo faces when it hits the screen is to rise above the standards it has set for itself. Nothing short of extra ordinary is expected from Bejoy Nambiar and Dulquer Salmaan.

Solo does exactly that, i.e deliver something extra-ordinary. It is a creation capable of evoking the four mythical elements inside the viewer.

Jalam or ‘World of Shekhar’
Jalam defines love at its purest, as pure as a tear drop. The unadulterated love which extinguishes everything that stands in its way, in front of which constraints and limitations are never big enough. Jalam is arguably the best segment in solo, in terms of sheer brilliance of presentation. The Jalam or water rushes through the inside of the viewer finding it difficult to escape through his eyes. It deals with a similar painful episode in Lord Shiva’s life.

Dulquer Salmaan comes up with his career best performance, captivating the viewer with the emotions bursting inside Shekhar. Sai Dhansika delivers an equally exceptional performance as Radhika. The couple’s on-screen chemistry and the well written dialogues take the love between Shekhar and Radhika to an entirely divine level.

Agam lends one of their best compositions ‘The boat song’ for Jalam. But its ‘Thaalolam’, a song that captures the soul of boat song which strikes the viewers hard.

Vaayu or ‘World of Trilok’

Vaayu is almost the continuation of Jalam in the world of Lord Siva. It is all about the chill down the spine when one thinks of ruthless brutal revenge,and that for love. Vaayu prompts the viewer to push the limits for what he feels as good. It conveys that ‘good’ but ‘not good enough’ is as good as bad. There are no half measures in the world of Trilok as it just is not good enough. It captures the unquenchable anger of the calm and composed Lord Siva. The manner of narration associating memories with rage, revenge and fulfillment deserves special applause.

Dulquer excels again, this time as Trilok. The song ‘You’ delivers a massive punch in its climax. It is worth noting that Vaayu stands apart from the other segments for the absence of all prevailing background scores, or in other words the score is just the wind or Vaayu itself in most parts.
The first half of solo depicts love that lasts for a lifetime despite not beingconnected with blood, while what follows shows the other side of it.

Agni or ‘World of Siva’

Agni is about the fire that rises from the spark, that destroys everything in its way and finally dies out. The unstoppable, uncontrollable fire, that is not bound by emotions or vision. It only has adrenaline, hunger and anger. If its evil that sparks Lord Siva’s anger, it’s betrayal that sparks Siva, the gangster who razes through emotions and logic.While every other segment in Solo is about not holding back, Agni reveals the other side of it, the pains of spreading like a blind wild fire. The fire that spreads inside Siva and his brother Sidhu in the absence of their mother, is calmed only by an equivalent force of motherhood.Siva who loves the child of his love interest Rukkuas his own,can also be co-related with Lord Siva’s love for Ganapathy.

Dulquer shines as the fiery Siva. The makers didn’t quite dive into the depths of Siva, his thoughts and motive, almost drawing a parallel to Agni or fire. Sai Tamhankar excels in the limited screen space she got as Sati. Rohan Manoj impresses as Sidhu, Siva’s brother.
Govind Menon adapts ‘Aigiri Nandini’ and combines it with ‘AaduPaambe’, the result of whichalmost lends Agni its soul. It is the most arousing song in the long list of about 20 gems from the album.

Bhoomi or ‘World of Rudra’

Bhoomi is all about secrets buried deep. Secrets unknown for good, which are unearthed for good. The Bhoomi or earth is characterized by its knowledge of everything and its ability to stand any test that comes its way. Bhoomi projects the passionate, unbreakable and overpowering side of Lord Siva. Rudra takes on anything that comes his way, gives his everything to be the last man standing. The movie dares one to chase his love even at the last breath of its life, leaving absolutely no answers unanswered. The highlight of Bhoomi is its grand climax where a secret as sour and shocking as any finally exploded. It puts dirt and changes the colours of idols in Rudra’s life, but he still goes on strong like the Earth. The climax also accompanies the dangers of a tragedy on screen ending up a comedy off it, among the viewers who are not attached to the situation as much as the characters are. It almost becomes the sole reason for Solo turning into a bitter pill for some viewers.
A keen observer shall discern Bhoomi's comparatively higher element of intrigue only after it is over.Justlike the secret inthe climax, the movie leaves a great amount of subtle ambiguity on who knows what.

DulquerSalmaan and Neha Sharma become the sides of the coin that makes Bhoomi an explosion of passion and energy. Unlike in other segments, the dubbing and dialogue delivery stood below par at critical junctures.
Bhoomi is rich with overwhelming visuals and music. ‘Roshomon’ and ‘Sajan more’carry it till the climax, when Sooraj S Kurup’s ‘SitaKalyanam’ gets to occupy the viewer’s head once he leaves the theatres.

The brilliance that is Solo, is almost taken away from the average viewer by an ending which is amazing in its own right, but one which makes a viewer outside of the situation on-screen laugh at the ever-important climax. Soloprovokes thoughts, relates stories with epics andunearths the depths of characters revered in them. It touches the viewer deepand evokes pain, love and anger in him. All theseare donein breathtaking relation with the four elements of water, air, fire and earth, combining the different versions of Lord Siva associated with them. Take a bow, Bejoy Nambiar and crew.

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