The police are corrupt and the way they destroy the legal system of their political bosses has long been eating away at the cinema. Seriously, it has become a trope. However, few films stand out as they call the khaki men who used their power for all the wrong reasons. Visaranai, directed by Vetrimaran, and Anand Mahadevan’s Mai Ghat, based on the death of Udayakumar in 2005, are two such examples. Salute, written by Bobby Sanjay and directed by Rosshan Andrrews led by Dulquer Salmaan, also puts the police under a scanner.
Salute Movie Review
The Salute film wastes no time in introducing its hero. The first scene shows Dulquer Salmaan’s character entering the police station and asking about the details of a murder case that took place three years ago. Dulquer plays Aravind Karunakaran, a retired police officer; he has returned to discover the layers of the murder case. The film does not follow a sequence of events and we are confused by the police who are planting evidence in the desert.
As the film progresses, we realize that the investigative team led by DySP Ajith Karunakaran – who is also Aravind’s older brother – is facing a murder charge and is under intense pressure from the ruling party to resolve the case in the short term. The film shows how a team of investigators recruited an innocent man named Murali. Although Aravind despises his older brother for sharing the truth, he is alone in the door. Unable to manage the unfair plan, Aravind takes a long break and distances himself from his brother and family.
The film then goes back to the present time when Aravind, still unresolved in the case of sending an innocent man to prison, tried to reopen the old case. The film then follows Aravind’s single attempt to find the real culprit.
The movie is discussed in real style without imitating events and remains focused on the theme of the movie. The film has no dramatic twists and turns to unwanted emotional scenes. Instead, Salute remains focused on the innocent Aravind who is determined to ensure that the innocent Murali gets his freedom.
Salute also highlights the professional pressure faced by police who must deviate from ethical investigations to protect their jobs. Salute is a class outside of the kind of fun investigative games we have seen in Malayalam cinema so far. The sequence of climaxes where Aravind approaches catching the real killer is very vivid.
Dulquer Salmaan brings a satisfying performance as a man who can handle the lies around him. He feels calm even when he can’t help himself in front of a police commander’s body. Mano J Jayan also did justice to his character. Bollywood actress Diana Penty doesn’t have much to do in the film.