A problem with some of the new directors is that they take a good one-liner and try to weave a story around it. In doing so, they go completely off-track. Director G. Murli Abbas's Solla Solla Inikkum is an example. In the bargain, it also wastes the talent of some noted actors such as Prakash Raj, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vijayakumar, Livingston and V.M.T. Charlie. This M. Cinema film follows a linear narrative, where hero Sathya (Navdeep) is repeatedly disappointed in love. Neither Radhika (Madhumita) nor Anjali (Sara) reciprocate his feelings. An upset Sathya tries to move on and tries to overcome his disillusionment. Then he meets Anu (Mallika Kapoor), who responds to his love. But there is a misunderstanding between him and Radhika, who divulges his romantic escapades in front of Anu. Anu is furious and walks out on him.
With a flimsy plot and no focus in the script, the director stretches the storyline with some unwanted scenes. And so the film sags, as does viewers' interest. Young actor Navdeep's potential has not been realised in the roles he has done. Though he seems to be working hard on his dance and fight sequences, and emotes well, it has gone unnoticed. The heroines do not have much to do. Mallika Kapoor actually acts in a few scenes.
The director has a good team of technicians, such as Arthur A. Wilson (camera), V.T. Vijayan (editing) and Bharadwaj (music). Although the songs are good, they come in the wrong places. Only in the first half does Sathyan's comedy evoke some laughter. The screenplay has loose ends that rob the dialogue of pep. The director, who is also in charge of story, screenplay and dialogue, seems to have lost his grip right from the first reel.
Solla Solla Inikkum
Director: G. Murali Abbas
Cast: Navdeep, Abinai, Ashis Vidyarthi, Vijayakumar, Livingston, Sathyan, V.M.T. Charlie, Madhumita, Mallika Kapoor, Sara, Suja, Meerakrishnan, Sriranjani, Devadarshini.
Storyline: The hero is repeatedly disappointed in love. Finally when he does find it (love), a misunderstanding makes her walk out on him.
Bottomline: The story lacks focus and the director seems to be meandering in the dark.