The new film ‘Lal Salaam’ directed by Kollywood director Aishwarya Rajinikanth is now showing in cinemas. It features Superstar Rajinikanth in a special role along with Vishnu Vishal and Vikranth as the main leads. If you want to know whether the movie is worth watching, you can read our review.
The story of the movie takes place in the village of Kasumuru. Two young men, Guru (Played by Vishnu Vishal) and Samshuddin(Played by Vikrant), were once good friends, but a tragic event causes a rift between them and turns them into bitter enemies. Moideen Bhai (played by Rajinikanth), a textile businessman from Mumbai has connections to Guru and his village. The events that follow the intensifying conflict, Moideen Bhai’s involvement, and whether the two young men will eventually reconcile are all parts of the story that will unfold on the big screen.
- Vishnu Vishal has delivered a performance that perfectly suits the demands of the character.
- The portrayal of the village atmosphere and retro aesthetics is skillfully executed.
- Vikrant’s performance is satisfactory, and Rajinikanth impresses with his mannerisms and selective dialogues as Vikrant’s father.
- Jeevita Rajasekhar looks stunning with her natural appearance, and the supporting cast delivers their performances adequately.
- The main issues with Lal Salaam are its storyline and sluggish screenplay, which are quite apparent.
- The message conveyed by Aishwarya Rajinikanth is not new, as it has been seen in many old movies before.
- As the director and screenwriter, Aishwarya could have encouraged her co-writer, Vishnu Rangasamy, to add more emotional depth to the script, thereby potentially enhancing the overall impact of the film.
- The impact of emotional scenes is diminished by the absence of a compelling background score.
- The film’s connection is hampered by the unfamiliar cast, questionable dubbing choices, and underwhelming performances.
- Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s direction could have elevated certain scenes. The inclusion of Ananthika, Kapil Dev, and Nirosha added little value to the narrative.
Aishwarya Rajinikanth falls short of delivering a captivating experience as both the screenplay writer and director. The thin plot and sluggish pacing, particularly in the second half, test the audience’s patience. Pravin Baaskar’s editing and Vishnu Rangasamy’s cinematography are satisfactory, but AR Rahman’s score fails to leave a lasting impression despite his reputation. The film’s lengthy runtime also diminishes the overall impact.
Overall, Lal Salaam leaves a lot to be desired and disappoints the audience. The performances of the lead actors are average and are the only saving grace of the movie. Unfortunately, the flaws in the writing, slow pace, and unimpressive music overshadow its strengths. Therefore, it is recommended that viewers opt for other entertainment options this weekend, as even Rajinikanth’s presence fails to rescue the film.
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