Lal Salaam movie review


In Tamil Nadu’s Muradabad village, the rural area has a politically charged demography comprising Muslims and Hindus.

Unity once existed there, with communal riots erupting now and then; at the centre of all this is  Vishnu Vishal.

He is an ace cricketer but also a wastrel, which sets him at the centre of all the riots.

On the other hand, there is the well-intentioned Rajinikanth, whose son Vikranth is summoned from Mumbai to play against Vishnu Vishal.

As much as Rajinikanth tries to negate the anti-social elements, religion and beliefs become the topic of contention.

Violence returns and conflict comes to a climax because of a temple festival that demands the support of both groups.


Director Aishwarya Rajinikanth has injected some fresh ideas into the script.  She has extracted good performances from the lead actors.

First half of the movie revolves around the village, its people and the relationship between Hindus and Muslims there.

The rivalry between Vishnu Vishal and Vikrant is also well established. It is in the second half where the film peaks with Rajinikanth’s power packed performance.

Vishnu Vishal is convincing as a hot-headed cricket player. He has carried his role in an effortless manner.

Vikranth is quite effective in his role and his performance is achievable.

Rajinikanth acts as a catalyst who pushes the story forward.  There’s style, Charisma and his usual antics in the role.

Rest of he supporting cast including Thambi Ramaiah, Senthil and Vivek Prasanna have all delivered their roles in a convincing manner.

AR Rahman’s music act as a perfect addition to the film. And Vishnu Rangasamy’s cinematography captures the dry landscape of Murrabad brilliantly.

Rating: 3.75/5