In the opening teaser scene in the movie, you see a bunch of people beating a man to pulp. It is darkness and you don’t get to see the faces. After that you see Sub-Inspector Solomon (Prithviraj) lying in a hospital fighting for his life. Then the movie starts and you get to know why Solomon got beaten up. In fact you start wondering why he did not get beaten up earlier.
Solomon is arrogant and corrupt to the core. “I am no Harischandran”, he tells Vavachen (Devan), a political leader with whom he has various issues. It all starts when Vavachen’s brother Dennis comes for vacation in Rajakkad in Idukky where Solomon is the inspector. They get off on a wrong start. First they have a fight in a club where Dennis and gang try to beat Solomon. In turn Solomon catches him with a prostitute and gets Vavachen to pay for it. Dennis tries to kill Solomon, but he gets arrested again. In jail Solomon beats him to death and destroys the body. A grief stricken Vacachen pleads with Solomon to tell him what happened to his brother, but Solomon does not. In turn he gets a transfer to Kasargod and disappears from the scene.
Even though Solomon is corrupt, there is only one person he listens to. The local priest (Rajan P Dev) gets him to contribute to charity for the treatment of a blind girl. Solomon’s father had left him to marry another woman and he holds a grudge against him as well. On persuasion by the priest, he visits his ailing father, but refuses to recognize the daughters of his second marriage as his sisters. His only other friend is a big shot smuggler-businessman Ummachen played by Vijayaraghavan.
In Kasargod, Solomon does not change his ways. There he befriends Abu Backer Haji (Captain Raju) and his son Sharif (Ananthu), who run the underworld business there. His neighbor there is a school teacher (Renuka Menon) and her mother. Once Sharif tries to harm the teacher and Solomon rescues her. Later he asks the teacher to withdraw the case and but she refuses. He then catches her in public as a prostitute and in the shock of that her mother dies.
He feels sorry for that, but the teacher does not want anything to do with him. In the meantime Solomon falls out with the the Haji and his sons who beat him to pulp. That was the first scene we saw in the movie. Solomon miraculously escapes and starts repenting. He wants to be a good man. The teacher comes to know his story from the priest and she helps him. While all seemed well, Vavachan appears again. Their interaction forms rest of the movie.
Though the story looks interesting there is nothing new in it for it is an exact copy of Devasuram, including the climax scene. The director of this movie, Padmakumar worked as an assistant to Renjith who wrote Devasuram. What makes the movie interesting is Prithviraj as Solomon. He portrays the angry, arrogant and cynical police officer to perfection. The scorn in his words and irreverence to everyone is visible both in his body language and in his eyes. Besides giving him a forceful body language, the director who wrote the script has given him some excellent dialogue. Each of the scene has been filmed focusing on Prithviraj, giving him ample opportunity to make an impact and he does it successfully.
There is a scene in the bar where Solomon is playing cards with a bunch of friends when Dennis comes by. Dennis was insulted the previous day and he wants to take revenge for it. He walks around Solomon taunting him. Solomon tries to dismiss him, but he does not go away. Then Dennis places his hands on Solomon’s shoulders and then his reaction changes. He becomes blind with rage and beats everyone there. Later in Kasargod when he encounters Sharif trying to molest the teacher, he does not beat him, but slowly takes his gun, points at Sharif’s face and says in a normal voice that he will shoot him. Thus Solomon remains menacing most of the time without raising his voice. He knows the pressure points of each of his adversaries and makes the best of it.
While Vijayaraghavan and Devan do what they do normally, the other person who got a better role this time was Renuka Menon. She debuted with the hit movie Nammal and moved into Telugu movies doing roles which her parents would not be proud of. Unlike Revathy who got ample screen time in Devasuram, Renuka gets only a small portion of the second half. In her segment she makes an impact as her character goes through abrupt twists in a short span of time.
There are only few characters in this movie and the script is very tight. Besides giving Prithviraj enough opportunity to perform, Padmakumar has also used two contrasting landscapes very well. While Idukki is luscious and green Kasargod is dry and barren. This scenery reflects in what happens in Solomon’s life as well.
Padmakumar also captures the expressions in the eyes of the characters very well. Once when Vavachen comes into Solomon’s office, he arrogantly lists his credentials and in his eyes you can see that feeling. Later when he comes to plead for the body of his brother, his eyes show helplessness. In fact the eyes of all the characters Solomon, Haji, and the teacher get such close up shots as they all go through the highs and lows in their lives.
Usually in such movies, there are a few namesake songs in the beginning and the whole action picks up in the second half. In this movie, the songs come towards the end of the second half and they are forgettable. There is only one irritating point in the movie and that is the use of voice overs for narration. In visual mediums like movies, you show and don’t tell. The narration could have been avoided by converting that into dialogue.
This movie is the coming of age of two people – Prithviraj as an actor and Padmakumar as a director.