What is bad:
The basic premise of the film has been heavily inspired from Vipul Shah’s blockbuster film, ‘Namastey London’. However, ‘Saleem’ completely lacks the charm of its original. YVS Chowdary, also wrote the story and handled the screenplay apart from the directing it. The characters in his films usually tend to be loud, eccentric and this trend hits a new high in ‘Saleem’. Even the screenplay of the film is confusing in the first thirty minutes. Too many details are revealed in the first five minutes, and without any character introduction, the lead pair is shown together in a song. Barring few twists and interesting incidents here and there, the film especially the second half drags. Vishnu’s characterization as a sharp shooter has traces from Angelina Jolie’s ‘Wanted’. The background score, in the scenes between Mohan Babu and Kaveri Jha has been plagiarized from the theme music of Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’. On the whole, the film suffers from too many subplots and deviates from the main storyline.
Dialogues by Chintapalli Ramana are good. Art by Anand Sai is pretty good. C.Ramprasad’s cinematography is pleasing to the eyes throughout the film. Music by Sandeep Chowta is a mélange of contemporary genres. It shifts gears between melodies to high-pitched tunes. Editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao could have been better especially in the second half of the film. YVS Chowdary’s storyline is alright, however, the screenplay of the film could have been a lot better. The direction is good in parts.
The rich production values can be seen in lavish sets, stylish costumes and foreign locations especially in the songs. The only glitch is the substandard visual effects in the film, which should have been handled with more care. Beneath all the visual appeal, loud fights and high glamour quotient, ‘Saleem’ is a dead fish. The incoherent screenplay and quirky characters test your patience. Even the glamour quotient gets out of control so much that it is suffocating. Lack of originality and a predictable storyline are the major drawbacks. While it’s good to see that the father and son duo, Vishnu-Mohan Babu sharing the screen space, it would have been better if there were more scenes between them. In the end, Saleem leaves you dazed and cringe in your seats!