Lal Salaam Movie Review

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Movie: Lal Salaam
Run-time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Cast: Rajinikanth, Vishnu Vishal, Vikranth, Kapil Dev, Vignesh, Livingston, Senthil, Jeevitha, K. S. Ravikumar, Nirosha, Dhanya Balakrishna and Thambi Ramaiah.
Director: Aishwarya Rajinikanth
Music: AR.Rahman
Editing: B.Pravin Baaskar
Cinematography: Vishnu Rangasamy
Producer: Subaskaran
Banner: Lyca Productions
Release: 9 Feb 2024Kollywood director Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s highly anticipated film, “Lal Salaam,” graces the silver screen today, boasting an ensemble cast including her iconic father, Superstar Rajinikanth, in a special role, alongside Vishnu Vishal and Vikrant as the main leads. The film gets released today, 9th February. Let’s see what “Lal Salaam” has to offer.

StoryThe film unfolds its narrative in the picturesque setting of Kasumuru village, Guru (Vishnu Vishal) and Samshuddin (Vikrant) find themselves estranged after a tragic incident. Enter Moideen Bhai (Rajinikanth), a textile tycoon from Mumbai with deep connections to Guru’s village, adding layers to the tale. As the story progresses seamlessly, tensions rise when the villagers of Kasumuru face humiliation from a neighboring community. The subsequent events, the mounting intensity of the conflict, Moideen Bhai’s intriguing involvement, and the lingering question of whether the estranged friends can reconcile, all promise a riveting journey awaiting to unfold on the grand canvas of the silver screen.

 
Performances
 
Rajinikanth skillfully embodies the duality of a father with ambitious dreams for his son and a principled community leader advocating unity beyond religious and caste divides. His portrayal is marked by a balanced approach, even in the midst of intense sequences, where the fight scenes maintain a sense of realism without veering into exaggeration. Rajinikanth’s performance stands as the cornerstone of “Lal Salaam,” anchoring the film with his depth and charisma.
 
Vishnu Vishal and Vikranth seamlessly inhabit their characters, drawing from their real-life cricketing experiences to bring authenticity to their roles. Their performances exhibit a natural ease, with character arcs that evolve convincingly throughout the narrative. Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Nirosha deliver commendable performances in line with their respective characters.
 
Highlights
 
Rajinikanth’s Presence
Vishnu Vishal, Vikranth’s Performance
Dialogues
Emotions
 
Drawbacks
 

Routine Flavor

Analysis

The first half of Lal Salaam immerses viewers in the vibrant tapestry of village life, intricately weaving together the dynamics between its diverse inhabitants, particularly highlighting the harmonious coexistence between Hindus and Muslims. However, it’s in the second half where the narrative truly gains momentum, with Rajinikanth delivering a terrific performance that electrifies the screen.

Director Aishwarya Rajinikanth has crafted a film that resonates deeply with the contemporary political and social landscape. She presents a story that is both compelling and relevant. While the film succeeds in leaving a lasting impression, there are areas where improvements could have been made. Some plot points remain ambiguously explained, and certain scenes could have been trimmed to maintain the film’s pacing and overall mood. AR Rahman’s background score enhances the overall mood of the film. Producer Subhaskaran deserves accolades for backing a socially relevant film.

 
Rating: 3.25/5
 
Bottom-line: Social Message Delivered In An impactful Manner 

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