Cast: Arjun, Jayaram, Biju Menon, Amala Paul, Suresh Gopi
Veteran director Joshiy’s multi-starrer Salaam Kashmir with Jayaram, Suresh Gopi in the lead roles is one of the best crap movies released in recent times. The movie set against the backdrop of Kerala and Kashmir is a military family thriller which fails to thrill at even a single point.
Sreekumar (Jayaram) is a house husband living happily with his wife Suja (Mia George) and their daughter Sreekutty. Suja is working in a bank and earns for their living, while Sreekumar does the daily works in home including cooking, washing clothes and every other.
Suja alias Leena, daughter of Jacob (Vijayaraghavan), a famous planter at Kanjirappally, falls in love with Sreekumar and has married him without the consent of her parents. Sreekumar doubts Suja of having an affair with Tommy Eapen Devassy (Suresh Gopi), a lieutenant colonel and a family friend of Jacob who had proposed her earlier.
One day, Tommy drops Suja at their home in his car, which causes Sreekumar to shout at her and following this Suja drops her job at bank. With none earning, Suja finds hard to move on with Sreekumar and leaves to her home with her daughter. Sreekumar is helped by Roy (Lalu Alex), who arranges him a security job at a bar. On a day, Roy comes to know from Tommy that Sreekumar was a military officer in command of the cyber wing in Kashmir, who was on a mission to create a software that could hack the cyber wing of the terrorists. Following an attack from terrorists on Sreekumar and his wife, they had fled to Kashmir for a safe and happy life. Now Tommy wants Sreekumar to complete the mission and secure the nation from terrorist threats.
Will Sreekumar take up this half done mission? Will they succeed with their mission? Answer forms rest of the story.
None of the lead actors were impressive, be it Jayaram in the role of Sreekumar, trying to create some laughs in the first half with some double meaning jokes, or Suresh Gopi as Tommy Eapen Devassy, a flirt army officer with a dialect of Kanjirappally Achayan’s who comes up with some English dialogues at times to make us believe it’s a military movie. Mia George as Suja/Leena had nothing special to perform, but she has done justice to her role. Other actors including Krishnakumar (Satheesh), Vijayaraghavan, Lalu Alex, Krishnaprabha, Sreekumar (Vinu) are okay with their roles.
Cinematography by Manoj Pillai is the main positive thing about the movie. He has well framed the scenic beauty of Kashmir. M Jayachandran’s music fails to impress as two songs in the movie falls flat without any impact.
The other positive thing apart from cinematography is the BGM, which is good at parts. Putting aside these positives, there is nothing much commendable for the movie. Be it the poor screenplay and dialogues by Sethu, or the surprising amateurish direction by the veteran director, everything fails to impress the viewers.
Can you imagine such a movie, which has scenes where the national cyber security wing’s computer while hacking uses words ‘Scanning’, ‘Decoding’ etc.. ? What was all those? A mocking to the cyber security wing or just mistakes coming out of a movie? I just can come up with a conclusion which is copied from the character Kottayam Kunjachan – ‘Joshiy has cheated us’.