Solo (2017 film)

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Solo
Solo movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bejoy Nambiar
Produced by Abraham Mathew
Anil Jain
Bejoy Nambiar
Written by Karthik R. Iyer
(Tamil Dialogue)
Dhanya Suresh
(Malayalam Dialogue)
Screenplay by Original Screenplay:
Bejoy Nambiar
Additional Screenplay:
Anjali Nair
Karthik R. Iyer
Sreedevi Krishnan
Story by Bejoy Nambiar
Starring Dulquer Salmaan
Dhanshika
Neha Sharma
Sruthi Hariharan
Arthi Venkatesh
Dino Morea
Manoj K. Jayan
Soubin Shahir
Music by Songs:
World of Shekhar:
Abhinav Bansal
ajmal mujeeb
World of Trilok:
Filter Coffee
Govind
Gaurav Godkhindi
World of Siva:
Masala Coffee
Thaikkudam Bridge
Ragini Bhagwat
Govind Menon
World of Rudra:
Prashant Pillai
Filter Coffee
Sooraj S. Kurup
Gaurav Godkhindi
Background Score:
Prashant Pillai
(World of Shekhar)
(World of Trilok)
Govind
(World of Shiva)
Sooraj S. Kurup
(World of Rudra)
Cinematography Girish Gangadharan
Madhu Neelakandan
Sejal Shah
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Production
company
Getaway Films
Refex Entertainment
Distributed by Abaam Movies
Release date
  • 5 October 2017 (2017-10-05)
Running time
Malayalam:
2 hours 34 minutes
Tamil:
2 hours 32 minutes
Country India
Language

Solo is a 2017 bilingual experimental anthology art film co-written, co-produced and directed by Bejoy Nambiar with Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role. Shot simultaneously in Malayalam and Tamil, production began during November 2016. Solo tells the story of four people, each story revolving around four elements: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, each with the facets of Lord Shiva. The film was released on October 5, 2017 in both Tamil and Malayalam worldwide. The film was dubbed in Telugu as Athade.

Plot[edit]

World of Shekhar (Blind Love)[edit]

Genre: Romantic Drama Duration: 39 minutes

World of Shekhar is based on the Element of Water. It is a love story of a stammering, daring but loving young man named Shekhar (Dulquer Salmaan) and Radhika (Sai Dhanshika) who is a talented blind dancer, with an open mind. Their story starts in college, 4 years ago. There is a lot of fuss over whom Radhika loves, whether it is Shekhar's friend Nelson or a guy named Sanju. Finally, Radhika confesses her love for Shekhar in front of everyone and then begins the poetic love story. When families get to know about their relationship they don't approve of it. But as Radhika reveales to be pregnant, they agree for the wedding. After celebrating their happiest days of their lives during the wedding, Radhika passes away while delivering their baby. Shekhar, not being able to accept the truth goes out on his bike, only to meet with an accident. However, the story ends with Shekhar playing with their daughter on a beach. Thereby, fulfilling a promise made to Radhika to take their daughter to a beach and spend time with her; just as Radhika's father did for her just before she lost her eye sight.

World of Trilok (The Cyclist)[edit]

Genre: Revenge Thriller Duration: 29 minutes

The air element The story begins with Ayesha (Arthi Venkatesh) whose cycle collides with a BMW driven by Thomas Zachariah (Renji Panicker). Zachariah's son in law Justin (Anson Paul) decides to save her, but Zachariah declines. Justin puts her in the car anyway and rushes to the hospital, but Ayesha dies on the way. Instead of taking the body to the hospital, Zachariah disposes it on the road.

Four years later, Justin and his wife Annie (Ann Augustine) are saddened by the demise of Zachariah. After returning from a business deal, Justin discovers that his car brakes are not working. The car crashes leaving Justin wounded, but he is saved by Dr. Trilok Menon (Dulquer Salmaan), a veterinary surgeon. As Trilok rushes to the hospital with Justin, Justin notices a photo of Ayesha in Trilok's car and realizes she was his wife.

After recovering, Justin tells everything to Annie and decides to tell the truth to Trilok. Justin narrates the whole incident. Trilok reveals that it was really him who killed Zachariah, that the accident was orchestrated by him too, and he also injected a drug in Justin's drip a few minutes back which would make him brain dead. He says he was tracking them all these years and had heard everything that Zachariah and Justin said during the incident through Ayesha's bluetooth earbuds, telling him that she was pregnant and was still alive even after they disposed of her. Trilok then exits the room leaving Justin to die.

World of Shiva (Ties of Blood)[edit]

Genre: Crime Drama Duration: 38 minutes

Shiva's mother leaves him, his father, and his brother Siddhu. Years later, Shiva is now a gangster working under his mentor Bhadran, a crime boss. Shiva protects his brother and is harsh on his wife Rukku(Shruthi Hariharan). Siddhu is invited to join the gang by Bhadran when he is released from prison for almost killing someone in the middle of the college.

Shiva's life changes when his father is found shot in a bar. Over the CCTV records, his father was killed by Vishnu, a crime boss in Mumbai and Shiva decides to take revenge. Shiva along with two of his gang members Nandha and Prabha goes to Mumbai. On the bus to Mumbai, Siddhu is found by Nandha and Shiva attempts to throw him out but Nandha allows him to stay. On reaching Mumbai, Shiva joins hands with a gangster to terminate Vishnu.

The next night Shiva and gang reach Vishnu and start a shootout in a ritual place, which gets Prabha and many others are killed. Shiva eliminates almost every member of Vishnu's gang and Siddhu escapes, and rushing to Shiva only to see him get killed by Vishnu. Siddhu and Nandha manage to escape and reach their hideout hotel. The next morning, a revenge and fury filled Siddhu takes Nandha's gun and goes to Vishnu's house, only to be shocked by seeing his mother there who is now Vishnu's wife. It is revealed that this was why Vishnu killed Shiva and his father. As Vishnu enters the room, Siddhu shoots him on the chest and kills him and his mother begs him to escape. The story ends with a grieving Siddhu running through the streets of Mumbai.

World of Rudra (The Affair)[edit]

Genre: Romance-drama Duration: 40 minutes

Rudra Ramachandran is an army trainee, madly in love with his girlfriend Akshara(Neha Sharma). He constantly ruins Akshara's marriage proposals by creating a scene in their house.

Rudra is the son of Brig. Ramachandran and Vidya who always scold him for his aggressive behavior, but his father always considered him a friend. Akshara's father Brig. Sundararajan decides to file a case against him in order to expel him from the army as revenge for his aggressive actions, but Rudra's father and mother request him not to. Later, Akshara tells Rudra that she got admission for a degree in Australia and has to leave soon. She promises that she will always be his.

Four years later, Rudra is an army officer narrating the story to his senior officer Col. Raunaq Sachdeva and team. He tells them that Akshara has not contacted him and he went to Australia, but she refused to see him. Raunaq says that his team must never accept defeat and that Rudra must go to the marriage. Rudra along with others go to Akshara's house the day before her marriage. Rudra sees her but she refuses to talk to him. The night before the marriage, Rudra barges in and demands Alok, Akshara's fiance to fight with him. Alok, a boxing champion, beats up Rudra, but Raunaq motivates him to fight back. Rudra brutally beats up Alok but is hindered by Akshara who tells him that it was really his father who asked her not to be with him. A shocked Rudra leaves the function. Later, his mother tells him that his father had an affair with another lady when he was 2 years old and that his parents were on the verge of divorce. Although he stopped for the sake of his marriage, the lady was declared pregnant. It is revealed to be Akshara's mother which makes a possibility that Akshara is Brig, Ramachandran's daughter, and Rudra's half-sister. The film ends with Rudra asking for forgiveness from Alok on the day of his marriage with Akshara.

Cast[edit]

World of Shekhar
World of Trilok
World of Shiva
World of Rudra


Production[edit]

In September 2016, Bejoy Nambiar revealed that he was preparing a script for a Malayalam film starring Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role. Nambiar stated that he would also produce the venture under his home studio, Getaway Films, in association with Abaam Movies.[1][2] The following month, the film was titled as Solo and Nambiar revealed that it would be simultaneously shot and released in Tamil.[3][4]

The film began production on 14 November 2016 in Kochi, with Chennai-based model Arthi Venkatesh making her debut as a leading actress in the film.[5][6] The first schedule was completed within ten days, with the team shooting for up to twelve hours a day. Anson Paul and actress Ann Augustine were added to the film to play a couple.[7][8] Following a production break, the second shooting schedule began in March 2017 in Kochi and then moved to Mumbai, following the completion of Dulquer's filming work for Comrade in America (2017).[9] Actress Sruthi Hariharan joined the project during the second schedule, as did actresses Sai Tamhankar and Asha Jayaram for two further leading female roles.[10][11] Actors Manoj K. Jayan, Prakash Belawadi and filmmaker Qaushiq Mukherjee also joined the cast during the second schedule, while Govind Menon and Siddharth Menon were signed as the film's music composers along with other composers and also agreed to play musicians in the film.[12][13] R. Parthiepan also revealed that he had signed to work on the film in a supporting role.[14]

The third schedule for film was started in Kochi during April 2017, with several more additions to the cast. Actress Dhansika was signed to play a leading role of a visually-challenged dancer, while actors Sathish, John Vijay, Sheelu Abraham and Soubin Shahir also joined the team.[15][16] The team moved to film another segment of the anthology in Lonavala during May 2017 with actors Dino Morea, Neha Sharma and Deepti Sati playing important roles. Nassar and Suhasini also joined the team during the schedule to portray parents of Dulquer's character in the segment.[17]

The animated sequences for the film were created by Plexus,[18] a Mumbai-based motion design and visual effects studio.

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's soundtrack has twenty two songs recorded by an assortment of musicians.

Reception[edit]

Times Of India reviewer Deepa Soman rated it 3.5/5 and stated:' An experimental romantic thriller, Solo is the story of four men, their love, rage and afterlife. Through four elements - water, air, fire and earth, they also represent different facets of Lord Siva.'.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bejoy Nambiar ropes in Dulquer for his M'wood debut — Times of India". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bejoy Nambiar to direct Dulquer Salmaan". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Dulquer Salmaan's next titled Solo? - Times of India". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Bejoy Nambiar to work with Dulquer Salmaan in his next". 3 November 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Chennai Model Arthi to debut in Bejoy Nambiar's bilingual — Times of India". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Arti Venkatesh is Dulquer's heroine in 'Solo'". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Ann Augustine makes a comeback in Solo — Times of India". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "After Remo, Anson goes Solo". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Dulquer Salmaan and Bejoy Nambiar's Solo will kick off its second schedule in Kochi — Times of India". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Sruthi Hariharan return to Malayalam with top guns". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Sai Tamhankar joins Dulquer Salmaan's Solo — Times of India". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "IndiaGlitz — New additions in Dulquer Salmaan Bejoy Nambiars Solo — Malayalam Movie News". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Quashiq Mukherjee to make his Mollywood debut with Dulquer's next — Times of India". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  14. ^ Anantharam, Chitradeepa. "Parthiepan, key to Dhruva Natchathiram". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Sai Dhanshika is a visually-challenged dancer in Solo — Times of India". Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "Dhansika pairs up with Dulquer Salmaan". Top 10 Cinema. 2017-05-13. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  17. ^ "Dino Morea to make his Mollywood debut with Solo - Times of India". Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  18. ^ Nambiar, Bejoy (12 October 2017). "The awesome team behind the animation in SOLO !https://twitter.com/PlexusPost/status/918381803349536773 …". @nambiarbejoy. Retrieved 2017-10-12.  External link in |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Solo review {3.5/5}: An experimental romantic thriller, Solo is the story of four different men, their love, rage and afterlife". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 

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