artist- Kajol, Vishal Jethwa, Rajiv Khandelwal, Rahul Bose, Aahana Kumra, Prakash Raj, Priyamani, Anant Mahadevan, Aamir Khan
“A person who has the right to live with dignity, should also have the right to die with dignity”.. The film ‘Salaam Venky’ tells the story of real life hero Venkatesh aka Venky and his mother Sujatha. It is based on the book ‘The Last Hurrah’ by Shrikant Murthy. Starting with an emotional story of a mother-son, the film raises the important issue of euthanasia, which is still not legal in our country.
The story of the film revolves around Venky (Vishal Jethwa), who is suffering from muscular dystrophy. This is such a rare disease, due to which the muscles of the child gradually stop working year after year. The maximum age of children suffering from this disease is up to 14-15 years. But Venky is living his 24th year. He is a happy-go-lucky boy who has accepted his destiny that his death is near. The hospital is his home and the doctors are his friends. But Venky’s mother Sujata (Kajol) struggles to accept this reality. She does everything she can for her son.
Mother-son emotional bond
When Venky has only a few days left, he makes a demand to his mother, which leaves everyone shocked. Venky wants euthanasia, so that he can donate his organs and some people can get life from him. Initially, Sujatha does not agree to this, but gradually she understands how important this last wish of hers is for Venky. She fights the law of the country to fulfill her son’s last wish.. because euthanasia is a legal offense in India. In this fight, Sujatha is also supported by Venky’s doctor (Rajeev Khandelwal), lawyer (Rahul Bose) and journalist (Aahana Kumra). But will he be able to win this battle? Will Venky’s last wish come true? The story revolves around this.
The film moves like an emotional roller coaster from the first scene to the last scene. Your eyes will be moist at many places. Kajol and Vishal Jethwa have given strong performances in the role of mother and son. It is the chemistry between the two that tugs at your heartstrings. In one scene Venky lying on the hospital bed crying loudly calls out to his mother as he feels that mother is angry.. The way both the actors have performed this scene is amazing. Vishal Jethwa had earlier proved his acting prowess in the film ‘Mardaani 2’.. and now here too he has got a character where he can play a lot with expressions. Rajiv Khandelwal, Rahul Bose, Aahana Kumra, Prakash Raj, Priyamani, Anant Mahadevan have done a good job in supporting roles. On the other hand, Aamir Khan’s cameo is very effective.
Revathi has taken up the responsibility of directing the film. The screenplay is written by Kausar Munir and Sameer Arora. ‘Salaam Venky’ is a story of a real life hero, which is very emotional. In the film too, the story gets full marks on an emotional level. But to keep one hooked to the story, it is also necessary to give the right pace to the screenplay. The film moves very slowly in many parts.. especially in the first half. At the interval, you are left with a very mixed reaction as till then the film keeps on changing character after character, and the story doesn’t do justice to anyone. The situation settles down in the second half. At the same time, in the case of dialogues, the film goes average. The humor in the story works at some places, while at other places it falls flat. The reference to Aamir Khan’s character is impressive.
Ravi Varman’s cinematography is beautiful. At the same time, the production design should also be praised. Manan Sagar’s editing could have been a bit tighter. Especially in the first half, the film seems a bit drawn out. The music of the film is composed by Mithoon. The lyrics of the song are penned by Mithun, Sandeep Srivastava and Kausar Munir. Except “Zindagi Badi”, however, no song remains memorable.
On the whole, despite some shortcomings at the screenplay level, “Salaam Venky” starring Kajol and Vishal Jethwa is an emotional drama laced with strong performances that tug at your heartstrings. 3 stars to “Salaam Venky” from Filmbeat.
Kajol and Vishal Jethwa starrer emotional drama film Salaam Venky released in theaters on 9th December. Take a tissue box with you to watch this emotional drama. Screenplay is slow, but performances lift the content.
Story first published: Friday, December 9, 2022, 11:07 [IST]