Is the trend in Tollywood slowly shifting away from usual love stories and now making way to stories with deeper emphasis on emotions, relationships and the psyche of a heartbroken lover? It certainly appears so. However, the question to be asked here is whether the effort is successful or not? Solo is a similar effort to bring out or should I say explore areas which were ignored by filmmakers in the past.
Solo revolves around a loner, Gautham, who having been a loner all his life, wishes to get into wedlock with a girl who is part of a close, healthy and happy family. More than anything in life, Gautham desires to be part of a large family. When he meets Vaishnavi and comes to know that she is part of a large family, Gautham pursues her to such an extent that he almost convinces her to go out for a movie with him. Nevertheless, before things went awry, Prakash Raj, girl's father steps in and changes the course of things for some good. The father fears that if he marries off his daughter to Gautham, she may also suffer as his sister (Jayasudha), who suffered after marrying an unsympathetic husband with no family and values. What follows is how Gautham wins the father's heart and convinces to get his daughter married off to him is what the rest of the story all about?
Director Parusuram's attempt to bring to light family and its importance in today's generation is definitely praiseworthy. Also, the attempt to narrate such a story with debutants is a herculean task but he pulled it off brilliantly. For some, the film may be irritating and annoying while for the rest it may be a difference in attempt. But, what many might have missed is the underlying subtle message: 'the importance of family and the strong presence it has in all our lives'. Had there were no family values weaved with the story, 'Solo' would've bombed drastically.
Performance wise too, 'Solo' fares well than many films of the past with debutants. Rohit and Prakash Raj combination adds realism into the sentimentality of the film. Kajal's little sister, Nisha Agarwal may not have the best of debuts, but definitely made a mark with her presence. And, I suppose cuteness runs in her family blood therefore no comments on her looks. Another drawback is music by Manisharma, which could've been 100 times better than what it originally was. Sparring few cliched and dialogues, Solo entertains one and all.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
(3 / 5) : Good