Hey Sinamika movie review: Even Dulquer Salmaan’s delightful charm can’t save this hopeless romance

Tamil cinema is no stranger to love triangles, especially ones where the protagonist (usually male) is in an unhappy marriage. He falls in love with another woman, only to realise his mistakes and the ‘value’ of his wife. The protagonist returns to his wife and lives happily ever after with her. From older films like Sathileelavathi to newer films like Oh My Kadavule, this narrative is so popular that it should be deemed as a subgenre.

Hey Sinamika, veteran choreographer Brinda’s directorial debut, tries to give this subgenre a new twist by exchanging the genders of the leads. Instead of the usual nagging housewife, we have a househusband. Yaazhan (Dulquer Salmaan) is happy managing the house while his wife Mouna (Aditi Rao Hydari) brings home the money.

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Irrfan Khan-Dulquer Salmaan-Mithila Palkar’s Kaarwan

Have you ever sat and ran your fingers through an old photo album? You will stumble upon important moments of self-discovery, where you struggled with bits and pieces of yourself that quite didn’t fit in. These are moments of strong emotions — angst, disappointment, strength and finally, somewhere, relief. But when you see those photographs, and are being gifted boxes of nostalgia, you don’t relive the struggle. Rather, you remember the story with a smile. That’s the journey #Karwaan took me on — it just breezes through with these little nuggets of lovely writing.

Avinash (#DulquerSalmaan) is an aspiring photographer and he gives two memorable phrases that, for me, is the film itself — capturing moments and finding focus. There’s a lovely monologue after Dulquer realises that his father wasn’t the villain of his story. “I’m not sure if I’m father was a good man, but I know that he wasn’t bad,” says Dulquer and wears his spectacles — a moment of finding focus.

He finds another when he pushes Tanya (#MithilaPalkar) into a rebellious millennial box, only to find out that she wasn’t all that. There’s no angst and she is a consequence of her decisions and actions, just like he was. This change gets some lovely treatment, as our three characters are forced to change their ride to something more closer and intimate.

It’s amazing how time can change our perspectives irrecognisably and when we realise they have, there’s trouble in bidding adieu. There’s a telling exchange where Dulquer gets some help in saying good-bye. And the circle is complete when Dulquer is asked ‘How did you do it’ and he replies, “it’s really easy. You just have to try it.” I couldn’t find something more apt to explain the light tone of the film.

PS: #IrrfanKhan was great. But this role is something that he could do in his sleep. The film has two amazing cheek in the tongue moments — one is when Dulquer says he doesn’t know Malayalam and the second involves Irrfan (also a culmination of Irrfan’s finding focus moment) and would rather let you guys watch that!

Solo movie review: This Dulquer Salmaan and Neha Sharma starrer charms the eye more than the heart

As a film, Solo looks good on paper. Four different stories of love styled around the four elements of nature. They also have a central theme, Lord Shiva. All the leads Shekhar, Trilok, Siva and Rudra are named after him and show facets of his persona. As fascinating as it might sound, not all thoughts manifest themselves on screen effectively. The result is that these ‘layers’ don’t really add to the core story thread in each chapter making Solo more of a visual experience. You have to give it to Bejoy Nambiar and his cinematographers, there isn’t one frame that doesn’t look good. On the other hand, we aren’t convinced by the events or their emotional outcomes. Despite being individual stories, there are several motifs that unintentionally link the four stories — accidents, a pregnant woman/kids, the number four, relationships outside the realm of marriage. Continue reading “Solo movie review: This Dulquer Salmaan and Neha Sharma starrer charms the eye more than the heart”

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