Salaam Venky Movie Review | Salaam Venky film review by Revathy starring Kajol dgtl
The euthanasia debate has been going on for ages. Euthanasia is a legal offense in India. In 2018, “passive euthanasia” became legal after the landmark Supreme Court ruling. But despite this, the complexity of the issue has not diminished. Each case initiates a unique discussion. One such ‘case’ was Kolavenu Venkatesh from Andhra Pradesh. Who fought to the death for his right to euthanasia. He died two days after the High Court dismissed the petition. Revathi wants to show Venkatesh’s life on screen.
Revathi last directed the movie “Phir Milenge” in Hindi. Starring Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, the film tells the story of an AIDS patient’s struggle to survive. And ‘Salam Venki’ tells the story of the struggle of wanting to die. The two stories have only one thing in common: desire. In the story, Venkatesh or Venki (Vishal Jethua) suffers from a rare disease. Due to Dyschen muscular dystrophy, all the muscles in his body gradually stop working. Doctors say he will not live more than 16-17 years. But the indomitable Venki defied medical science and fought this battle for nearly 24 years. But the last time he is admitted to the hospital, his doctor (Rajeev Khandelwal) tells Venky that he doesn’t have much time left. Then he insists on the euthanasia of his mother (Kajal). So that after his death he can donate his body parts. And those in need can survive after death through organ donation. But how does the mother’s spirit accept the death of her son. The law of the land does not allow it. As a result, various conflicts arose.
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The film’s story is such that the script should aim to make the viewer think and feel about a complex subject. Unfortunately, Revathi’s film fails to do so. The first part of the film is quite weak. Less than a minute after the film opens, the script begins to lecture the audience about rare diseases. Lots of flashback scenes come and go. They give the viewer a lot of information, but don’t really connect with the characters. Attempts to laugh using some famous movie dialogue continue amid mother-son conflicts. Melodramatic moments are created. But none of the moments will make the viewer’s eyes wet due to weak direction.
The table is relatively better in the second half. A legal battle doesn’t look bad. But sometimes you will think that doctors, drug sellers, journalists, nurses, lawyers, are all so good? So sensitive? Why not in reality?
Even though Revathi perfectly portrays any character while acting, it looks as meticulous as it has yet to be realized. His intention is honest, but the image may not resonate with the public as much. Some dialogue is missing. The film editor could in no way fill this gap. But Ravi Burman’s camera portrays the characters with enough sensitivity. As beautiful as his wide-angle frames are, his efforts to capture character expressions in extreme close-ups are memorable.
The acting is certainly one of the strengths of the film. Kajol’s performance as Sujata, who leaves her husband’s house and fights alone to keep her son alive, reminds us how even measured acting can bring out some very emotional moments on screen. Kajol’s body language captures the emotional conflict and pain that any mother must go through to fight for the death of her son. Venky is played by Vishal, the villain of “Mardaani 2”. But her performance in this film is not like the previous film. Parts that contain dialogue may not move the audience that way. But in the end, when Vishal has to act with his eyes to render Venky’s facial muscles useless, they will have a greater impact on the viewer.
Rahul Bose as Lawyer, Ahana Kumra as Journalist, and Anand Mahadevan as Guruji were not properly used in the storyline. But Prakash Raj as a judge and Priya Mani as a government lawyer will catch the eye in a few scenes. It will be good to see Rajeev Khandelwal on screen after a long time. Riddhi Kumar also shines as Kajol’s daughter.
In some films, even of all the essentials, nothing can reach the viewer’s mind. This picture looks a lot like that. No matter how hard the screen tries to convey the gist, the storytelling fails because of the flaws. This image is very similar. There is no doubt that the quality of the film has increased a lot thanks to Kajol’s performance. The extra credit is definitely Aamir Khan in some scenes. It is immoral to say everything about his character. However, it can be said that in the case of ‘Lal Singh Chadha’, the audience will enjoy watching him in a few scenes of this movie much more than the audience enjoyed watching him throughout the movie.
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