Review: Rajinikanth's Lal Salaam is dull and disappointing.
Review: Rajinikanth's Lal Salaam is dull and disappointing.

Review: Rajinikanth’s Lal Salaam is dull and disappointing.

Movie Title: Lal Salaam

Lal Salaam Movie Release Date: February 9, 2024.

Lal Salaam Movie Rating: 3.5/5

Cast: Rajinikanth, Vishnu Vishal, Vikranth, Senthil, Jeevitha, Thambi Ramaiah, Ananthika Sanilkumar, Vivek Prasanna, Thangadurai.

Director: Aishwarya Rajinikanth.

Producer: Subaskaran.

Music Director: A.R. Rahman

Cinematographer: Vishnu Rangasamy.

Editor: B. Pravin Baaskar.

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Kollywood director Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s new film, Lal Salaam, which stars her father, Superstar Rajinikanth, in a special role, as well as Vishnu Vishal and Vikrant, is out in theaters today. Read our review to find out how it is.

Story:

The film’s story takes place in Kasumuru village. Guru (Vishnu Vishal) and Samshuddin (Vikrant) were once close friends before a tragic incident separated them, turning them into bitter rivals. Moideen Bhai (Rajinikanth), a textile businessman from Mumbai, has ties to Guru and his village. The plot progresses smoothly until the Kasumuru villagers receive insults from another village. The subsequent events, the escalating severity of the conflict, Moideen Bhai’s involvement, and whether the young people eventually reconcile are all elements of the story that will be told on the big screen.

Plus Points:

Vishnu Vishal delivers a performance that is perfectly suited to the character’s demands. The portrayal of the village atmosphere and retro aesthetics is expertly done.

Vikrant gives an adequate performance, and Rajinikanth as Vikrant’s father impresses with his mannerisms and select dialogues.

Jeevita Rajasekhar shines with her natural appearance, and the supporting cast does well.

Minus points:

The storyline and sluggish screenplay are the most noticeable flaws in Lal Salaam. The message Aishwarya Rajinikanth wishes to convey is not novel, as it has been seen in many previous films. As director-screenwriter, Aishwarya could have encouraged her co-scriptwriter Vishnu Rangasamy to include more emotions, which could have increased the film’s overall impact.

The emotional scenes have little impact, and the lack of a compelling background score makes them even less effective.

The unfamiliar cast, combined with questionable dubbing choices and underwhelming performances, undermines the film’s connection.

Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s direction could have improved some scenes, and the presence of heroine Ananthika, Kapil Dev, and Nirosha adds little to the story.

Technical aspects:

Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s dual roles as screenwriter and director fall short of creating a compelling experience. The thin plot and slow pacing, especially in the second half, put the audience’s patience to the test.

While Pravin Baaskar’s editing and Vishnu Rangasamy’s cinematography are satisfactory, despite his reputation, AR Rahman’s score falls flat. Furthermore, the film’s lengthy runtime reduces its overall impact.

Verdict:

Overall, Lal Salaam is a disappointing viewing experience, with the lead actors’ average performances serving as the only bright spots. The film’s flaws, which include poor writing, slow pacing, and an underwhelming score, outweigh its strengths. Given these factors, viewers are advised to seek alternative entertainment this weekend, as even Rajinikanth’s appearance fails to save the film.

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