Salaar review: Directed by Prashanth Neel, takes you on an intense cinematic journey that grips you from the beginning, holding its momentum in the first half before experiencing a slight slowdown post-interval. The film features a powerful duo in Prabhas and Prithviraj Sukumaran, both delivering performances that add depth to the violent yet captivating storyline.
Comparisons can be drawn with Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal, as Salaar delves into the theme of friendship. Deva (Prabhas) fiercely protects his childhood friend Vardha (Prithviraj Sukumaran), setting the stage for a gripping narrative of changing alliances. Be prepared for a visceral experience, as Salaar doesn’t shy away from showcasing a considerable amount of blood and gore. If you’re not comfortable with intense visuals, it might be wise to think twice before purchasing those tickets.
The story unfolds over a sprawling 3-hour canvas, starting in 1985 when Deva and Vardha share an unbreakable bond. The screenplay skillfully navigates through time, revealing a past incident that led Deva’s mother to forbid him from using weapons. Fast forward to 2017 in a remote Assam village, where Deva’s dormant combat skills resurface to protect Aadhya Krishnakanth (Shruti Hassan) from imminent danger.
The action sequences are visually stunning, featuring a variety of weapons from high-tech firearms to traditional axes and swords. Prabhas, in typical southern cinema style, seamlessly combines action with swagger, exuding a larger-than-life charisma.
The second half delves into a flashback, unraveling the intricate story of Deva and Vardha’s friendship turning into a bitter rivalry after 25 years. Amidst the relentless action, the screenplay injects subtle humor, providing brief respites in the fast-paced narrative. However, the second half feels slightly stretched, with some complex scenes that could have benefited from tighter editing to trim down the runtime.
Salaar’s strength lies in its multifaceted characters, portrayed with nuance by the talented cast. Prabhas, making a powerful comeback, carries the film with grit, strength, and minimalistic smiles, captivating audiences with his commanding presence. Prithviraj complements him perfectly, blending gentleness with deadly precision. Their on-screen chemistry steals the spotlight, especially in the climax sequence with Vardha’s sister Radha Rama Mannar (Sriya Reddy) and father Raja Mannar (Jagapathi Babu).
While Salaar: Part 1 — Ceasefire doesn’t feature a showdown between Prabhas and Prithviraj, the promise of it in the next installment leaves fans eagerly anticipating the clash of these two superstars on the big screen. Despite a slightly stretched second half, Salaar offers an intriguing narrative packed with twists and turns, demanding your full attention from start to finish.
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