In a recent interview, Dulquer Salmaan picked one movie of his that he thought didn’t get its due
Last Updated: 12.02 PM, Nov 28, 2022
Malayalam star Dulquer Salmaan has had a stellar 2022, with hits in various film industries. The actor, who had completed a decade in his career, recently also opened up about a movie that he thought didn’t get it due.
The actor said that his 2014 Tamil-Malayalam bilingual Vaayai Moodi Pesavum aka Samsaram Arogyathin Hanikaram, which also had Nazriya Nazim in the lead, was a movie that he though wasn’t understood by a large section of the audience, especially in Malayalam.
“It was an amazing experience because the entire second half of the film was silent,” he said, in an interview with Tried and Refused Productions. Dulquer then went on to elaborate the story of the film, where people are afflicted by a disease where people lose their voice and it spreads by speaking. So, the entire town is banned from speaking and has to communicate through sign language.
“It’s also not trained sign language,” said Dulquer. “So, it was the most amazing experience. About 50% of the film was shot like that, we conceived it like that, it was staged like that. It was left to us by the director.” The actor said that the filmmaker would tell them what to communicate and the actors had to figure out how.
“I loved the film and the experience. Also, since 50% of the movie was silent, we could do it in two languages – Tamil and Malayalam,” said the Kurup actor. Dulquer also explained that the movie did well in Tamil but in Malayalam, it didn’t work at all. “I saw people coming out of the theatres and saying, ‘It took forever. Finally, they spoke’.” The actor said that those things were “painful”.
Dulquer said that though the movie was critically acclaimed, there were certain aspects about the film that the audience didn’t get. The movie, which has Dulquer essaying an aspiring RJ, is available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar.