Director: Roshan Andrrews
Star Cast: Dulquer Salman, Diana Penty and Manoj K Jayan.
Star Rating: 3/5
Review by Arjun Menon
Salute Movie Review: Dulquer Salmaan gives a credible performance as a police officer who supports the truth even when the system around him goes bad.
Corrupt police officers and how they trample on the rule of law for their political masters has long been the fodder for cinema. So much so, that it has become a trap thing. However, there are a few movies that stand out when they call men in khaki who used their power for all the wrong reasons. Visaranai, directed by Vetrimaran, and Mai Ghat by Anand Mahadevan, based on Udayakumar’s death in custody in 2005, are two such examples. Salute, written by Bobby Sanjay and starring Dulquer Salmaan in the direction of Rosshan Andrrews, once again brings the police into the fray.
The film manages to entertain as well as inform. In the first scene, Dulquer Salmaan’s character is shown going to the police station and asking about the details of the murder case which took place three years ago. Dolkar played the role of Aravind Karunakaran, a police officer who is on long leave. He is back to unravel the layers around a murder case. The film manages to entertain as well as inform. As the film progresses, we realize that an investigation team led by DYSP Ajith Karunakaran – who is also Aravind’s elder brother – is handling a murder case and has been briefed by the ruling party.
Under intense pressure to resolve within time. The films show how the investigation team frames an innocent man named Murali. Although Aravind denies supporting his elder brother, he is isolated from the department. Unable to handle the immoral system, Aravind took a long vacation and distanced himself from his brother and family. The film returns to the present when Aravind, who is still worried about the crime of sending an innocent man to jail, tries to reopen the old case. The film then follows Aravind’s sole attempt to find the real culprit.
The film manages to entertain as well as inform. The film manages to entertain as well as inform, with no dramatic twists and turns. Instead, the salute focuses on the criminal Aravind, who is determined to ensure that innocent Murali gets his release. Salute also reflects the professional pressure on police officers who have to deviate from the ethical means of interrogation in order to protect their jobs. Salute is a class apart from the kind of investigative thriller we’ve seen in Malayalam cinema so far. The climax sequences where Aravind comes close to catching the real killer are prominent.
Dulquer Salmaan offers a reliable performance as a man who can’t handle the lies around him. He maintains a sense of calm despite being helpless in the face of the police force’s ranking structure. Mano J Jayan also does justice to his character. Bollywood actress Diana Penty has nothing to do with the film.