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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

I beg you. Don’t kill Solo: Dulquer Salmaan writes an emotional post

Dulquer Salmaan’s film Solo is an anthology. One of the characters -- Rudra -- was panned by critics and the audience, due to which the ending was changed in Malayalam.

regional-movies Updated: Oct 09, 2017 10:52 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Dulquer Salmaan stars in four different roles in Solo.
Dulquer Salmaan stars in four different roles in Solo.

Dulquer Salmaan’s latest bilingual film Solo has opened to polarized views from critics and audiences alike. Despite strong opening in Kerala, the film has struggled to make an impact at the box-office in other states. In Tamil Nadu, thanks to the Producers Council’s decision to not release any new films in protest against the newly imposed additional tax over and above GST, the film released on Thursday (October 5) and was taken out of theatres the next day.

In the meanwhile, the Malayalam film’s ending was changed without the consent of director Bejoy Nambiar and released again.

Bejoy took to his Twitter page to confirm this and wrote, “For all those asking about the changed ending. It has been done without my knowledge and consent.Good or Bad I stand by the film I made.” Bejoy also added that the film, if at all releases in Tamil Nadu, will release as is. “SOLO - Tamil version if given a chance to release once the strike is over will release AS IS ! @aniljain13 is a rockstar of a producer,” he wrote.

It was after this that Dulquer took to his Facebook page to write a long note about why fans should not kill Solo.

“I’ve been meaning to write a note about Solo after watching the film myself and because of my schedule I could only get the time today. I saw it. And it’s turned out much better than I could ever imagine it. I loved every second of it. Sure there are a few issues here and there, in terms of language, because it is a bilingual and maybe the Shekhar track needed longer screen time. But, I absolutely loved the film. The original version. The version my director, Bejoy Nambiar envisioned. Films like Solo are any actor’s dream. I loved it the moment I heard it. I loved every second of shooting it. And now I love the final product on screen. I put my heart and soul into the film. On a limited budget to make such a big film, we put our blood and sweat into it. And I’ll do it again for films like this. For films I believe in. For films I find ‘different’,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

He went on to add, “People tell me Solo isn’t like Charlie and Bangalore Days. They asked me why I did it. They say I could have avoided it. They say this kind of experimenting is unnecessary. But you know what, that’s why I love it. I want to constantly do “different” films. So why do a certain section of our lovely audience fear, dislike and mock different? 7 billion humans walk the earth. There is bound to be that many stories. That many issues. That many conflicts or differences. If you are not familiar with it, doesn’t make it go away. If you are not aware of it, doesn’t make it wrong. Cause if you do, you just run the risk of being ignorant. Or judgmental. Or both. We are only human. So why judge?”

“I seek stories wherever I go. Whether it’s news articles. Whether it’s people I meet. Whether it’s movies I watch or books I read. And I’ve always believed my viewers give me the courage to tell any story. If it’s original and if we tell it well, you will all enjoy it. Good, bad or ugly. Black, white or grey. It’s always been my deciding factor in choosing scripts. So when several people mock and hoot and write badly about my favourite track, The Rudra story in Solo, it breaks my heart. It excited all of us actors. Be it Nasser sir, Hasini ma’am, Neha or Me, we were kicked that it was so unique and bold. It’s based on true incidents and there have been several news stories like it. We wanted to make a film about it. We thought the best way to tell it was through humour. So when people say it became unintentionally funny I don’t get it. The sequence where the amazing Suhasini ma’am in a stellar performance of apprehension/embarrassment/awkwardness breaks the news to my character Rudra has been for me one of the greatest scenes in my cinematic career. It was a single shot and I had to interpret it how I deemed best. For an actor like me that was new and unprecedented. With no reference point. I enjoyed that more than any scene in my life because it’s different from anything else. And it was funny when Bejoy told us about it. It was funny when he called cut. It was funny during dub and it was funny when I saw it on screen. Of course the characters won’t make it a comedy. They will be sad and broken and awkward on screen, especially Rudra. Sadly because it was awkward people didn’t understand if they were laughing with us (the makers) or laughing at us (the makers). Dark comedies are meant to be awkward. Always have been. That was our intention. So mocking it, booing in theatres, spreading negativity and hate and degrading the film because you didn’t get it, just kills the film. It breaks our hearts, breaks our spirit, and kills the courage you gave me all along. So I beg you. Don’t kill Solo. Give it a go with an open mind and you will have a blast with the film.”

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First Published: Oct 09, 2017 10:42 IST

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