Besides being an established businessman, Dulquer Salmaan is also a prominent name in the Malayalam film industry. Having worked for a decade, he has already bagged numerous awards, including, ‘Asiavision Award’, ‘Filmfare Award South’, ‘Asianet Film Award’ and many more. Some of the best movies by Dulquer Salmaan include ‘Ustad Hotel’, ‘Bangalore Days’ and his recent hit ‘Sita Ramam’. Let’s look at some of the best movies by Dulquer Salmaan.
1. Ustad Hotel
This 2012 movie was based on the real-life story of a chef turned social worker, Narayanan Krishnan. At first, this story seems like another masala movie, but soon you realize that it has all the qualities of a masala film without ditching any artistic elements. The story is about a guy who tries to escape and make it big in his career, only to hit a snag. Ustad Hotel is a feel-good film for all audiences with a backdrop of food and Malabar. The movie is considered one of the best movies of Dulquer Salmaan; it’s a bit shocking, considering it is his debut film.
2. Varane Avashyamund
This 2020 drama is not the greatest, but it’s heartwarming and family-friendly. Anoop Sathya’s writing offers some great situational humour, which sometimes makes up for the lack of plot depth. Nikita a 20-something-year-old who is keen on an arranged marriage, while DQ plays the next-door neighbour, fondly nicknamed Fraud.
3. Ok Kanmani
Romance is Mani Ratnam’s forte. In this 2015 movie, he delivers a youthful romance that’s fresh, despite not being earth-shattering like his most famous works. The music is pleasant and the cinematography gives off an effervescent feel, like warm winter mornings. The Mumbai setup brings home the idea of youth; after all, Mumbai is one of those cities that remains in its 20s and 30s even when we age. It is a fresh take on the “live in relationship” movies which, while controversial, are always a bit spicy.
4. Bangalore Days
This 2014 slice-of-life film is full of life. Three cousins who were close childhood playmates drift apart during their school years and finally come together in Bangalore after one of them gets married. Follow them as they reconnect and navigate their new relationship as adults. Watch them as they try to make something out of their lives.
This 2017 Anthology demands some suspension of disbelief. It follows four different people and relates them to the four elements – fire, water, earth, and air. I don’t think the four elements part made much sense, but it also didn’t add anything to the film that was too distracting. Salman Dalquer’s acting in this film was one of the highlights. The indie music, the background, and the cinematography all gave some much-needed help to this film’s story. Still, despite its failings, it was a decent film.
This 2018 film is a maddening road trip with an uptight Avinash, a happy-go-lucky Shaukat, and a teenage shocker named Mithila. Follow this pack of rag tags and their travelling companion, a dead body. This movie might remind some people of Finding Fanny, but with the various twists this movie takes, you soon lose sight of that resemblance.
This 2015 film marked the second collaboration between actors Salman Dalquer and Parvati Thirouvothu, who worked together in Bangalore Days. The titular character Charlie comes across as a cheerful manic pixie dream boy, and he loves to travel, likes celebrations and tries to make the people around him happy. On the other hand, our female lead Tessa is a sensitive and focused graphic designer. The film revolves around their love and the butterfly effect of their love story.
This 2016 film is more rehabilitation than an action-thriller. Siddhartha and his wife Anjali are college sweethearts, and Siddhartha has always had anger issues. They get married despite Anjali’s better judgments, as she hopes his anger would improve with time, and it does not. In a fit of anger, road-rage and an almost Dhaba fight later, Anjali decides to part ways with her husband. The makers successfully showcase how rage can drive a wedge between any great love.
9. Sita Ramam
This 2022 film is about star-crossed lovers with a backdrop of the India-Pakistan rift. The story unfolds from the eyes of Afreen, a Pakistani college student with anti-Indian sentiments. Afreen is forced to deliver a letter to Sita to receive her inheritance from her deceased grandfather. What follows is a hero’s journey where Afreen develops more nuanced opinions about India when she hears about the love story between Princess Noor Jahan and Ram, which goes beyond family, class, status, and religion. Released recently, the movie has been a massive hit and is considered one of the best movies by Dulquer Salmaan.
This 2021 film is based on the life of the criminal Sukumara Kurup, which is about his murder and life insurance fraud. The movie tries not to glorify Kurup but does end up doing so by not taking a solid stance. The non-linear storytelling was not a good idea because it made many things look ambiguous, even though there was enough content for a decent storyline. Overall, the music and cinematography were good and Dulquer’s acting elevated the movie to a vast extent.
11. Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithal
This 2020 film is about con artists being conned by other con artists, only to join hands with them for an even bigger con. Two software engineers making money through online scams decide to mend their ways when they meet two girls. They fall in love and settle in Goa, only for the police to show up and tell them that those girls have scammed them. Undeterred, the duo track down the girls, creating a greater scam in Delhi. The movie had some good plot twists that kept the thrill alive. This film is well-written and very witty.
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