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13 years of Salt N’ Pepper: Here’s why the Asif Ali-starrer is a must-watch

People were won over by this film's simple themes, especially the way it used food, a common passion, to express love. Here is why one must revisit this movie, which is streaming on Sun NXT.

13 years of Salt N’ Pepper: Here’s why the Asif Ali-starrer is a must-watch
Lal and Shwetha Menon in Salt N' Pepper

Last Updated: 07.16 PM, Jul 09, 2024

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Aashiq Abu’s Salt N’ Pepper completed 13 years of its release. Nonetheless, a lot of people still love the movie because of the meaningful performances and the subject matter it covered. As the movie goes on, archaeologist Kalidasan receives a call that is most definitely not intended for him. He finds out that the person on the other end, Maya, also likes to cook and eat. They soon begin to feel something for one another. People were won over by this film's simple, realistic themes, especially the way it used food, a common passion, to express love.

Here is why one must revisit this romantic comedy drama, which is streaming on Sun NXT as well as OTTplay Premium.

Reasons to watch Salt N' Pepper

Poster of Salt N' Pepper
Poster of Salt N' Pepper

Aashiq Abu’s filmmaking style

Mollywood has not done much to look into this genre of film, which is surprising given how much of the society we live love food. Aashiq Abu, who referred to himself as a foodie, explores the intricacies of contemporary relationships while blatantly displaying his passion for the same by making it a central theme. Overall, this film is one of the key works of the Malayalam New Wave because of its whimsical style of filmmaking.

Food takes the central stage

Aashiq gave Malayalis a novel cinematic experience with its deft use of simplicity and finesse to convey a touching tale; food is the main focus of this film. The opening song of the movie, Chembavu, features all of Kerala's well-known dishes, including a few popular restaurants. Delicious recipes like Thattil Kutty Dosa and Joan's Rainbow, which are still well-liked on social media platforms with people attempting to replicate the recipes, also brought it fame.

Rebranding Baburaj as a comedian

There are some funny moments in Salt N' Pepper, but the main one has to go to Baburaj, who has mostly played villain in Malayalam films throughout his career. Particularly in the scene where he joins Kalidasan as his personal chef, his portrayal of Babu as a professional chef is hilarious with minimal efforts.

Endearing performances

The movie features delightful performances by Shwetha Menon and Lal, who find love a little later in life. Asif Ali and Mythili, meanwhile, add an entirely fresh angle to the film.

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