Unriddling Salute with screenwriter Sanjay – Cinema express

Fans of director Rosshan Andrews and screenwriters Bobby and Sanjay have been waiting Greet – streaming now on SonyLIV – to create the same sensation as their previous acclaimed investigative release, Bombay Police. However, that was not the case. While some found the experience satisfying, others lamented the lack of clarity of some narrative choices and the lackluster execution. Anyway, it must be said that when a film can trigger interesting discussions, it would not be fair to simply dismiss it. So we thought it was wise to wait a while after the movie’s release before engaging in a spoiler-filled discussion with one of the masterminds behind it, Sanjay, who was kind enough to clear up some of the puzzling doubts that most viewers had.

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“Representing Aravind’s moral journey was more important”

If you were disappointed not to see the villain’s face, Sanjay shares that this reveal wasn’t part of the plan. “It becomes irrelevant in the face of what really matters: Aravind Karunakaran’s moral journey, the spaces he passes through and the people he meets. We didn’t think peripheral emotions had a place there,” he adds. “When it comes to morality, we wanted to go beyond individuals and other things. Aravind’s moral victory and doing the right thing took precedence over who the villain was. He is like the biblical character Moses, who grew up in a palace with all the comforts, but later shuns them because he becomes uncomfortable.When he is on sabbatical, he is forced to return from where he comes because the case bothers him.Aravind’s moral journey was imagined in three phases – comfort, sabbatical, and return.

“Diya Awakens Aravind”

If anyone was wondering if Diana Penty had anything to do with the movie as Aravind’s girlfriend Diya, Sanjay has an explanation for that too. “Aravind happens to be a man leading a very unconventional life, which among other things is evident in his relationship with his girlfriend. Yes, Aravind is the whistleblower here, but his girlfriend gives him a warning shot. When he fights these stalkers, she reminds him that he’s not a cop anymore. He joins the police the same evening. You see, without Diya, there is no story. She becomes the catalyst for his return. I “I’ve seen people question the logic of a cop suddenly joining. Well, it’s not really sudden. The process had already begun. This decision happens to be the culmination.”

“Ajith Karunakaran looks more like a father figure”

Why does Aravind Karunakaran admire his older brother Ajith so much? Why does the latter start acting like a comic character after a point? Well, Sanjay has answers to that too. “We didn’t want to be loud with our description of their bond. That scene where they buy a car says a lot about their relationship. Also, if you noticed their body language, it’s more like Ajith is a father figure for Aravid. than an older brother. Also, if you take the example of a real father-son relationship, it is not always possible to pin down the exact reason for the admiration. It’s all about small nuances. As for Ajith’s comedic behavior, it’s the fear of his transgressions being exposed that drives him to behave like this. He becomes pathetic. Fear can take people to any degree. I mean, his daughter is about to get married, and he can’t imagine the embarrassment that would cause.”

The case of the duped wife

A portion of viewers also questioned the relevance of the heartbroken woman complaining about a man who tricked her. “You’ll see that this movie can’t be told without her. The woman is about a man named Deepak Menon, working at KSEB, tricking her and building a house with the money he took from her. That’s when that Aravind gets a call about Chandran Pillai being in Kollam. Aravind then asks his superior officer for permission to go to Kollam but he does not get it. When he is in front of the women’s commission, the subordinate d’Aravind tells him that the number that called the aforementioned woman is not. “It does not belong to Deepak Menon from Thrissur, but to a Danny from Kollam. Aravind thinks it’s a good opportunity for him to go to Kollam.”

Elaborating further, Sanjay adds, “While Aravind’s fellow officers search for Danny, he ends up at Sudheer Karamana assuming he is Chandran Pillai. But another officer tells him he is not Chandran Pillai. Then Aravind, feeling helpless, decides to find the man who had called this woman. This man tells him that the phone is not his – it belonged to a man from the secretariat named Reji Zachariah. The team, when she further investigates the woman’s case, learns from Reji that another man is doing everything under his identity, after which Aravind is directed to an island. remember that the woman spoke to them – and Aravind realizes that the man he is looking for and the person who tricked Reji Zachariah and the woman is the same person.”

“OTT output is liberating”

Greet is one of the actor’s most anti-Dulquer films, meaning it was devoid of the cinematic prerequisite elements that usually accompany even the most unconventional Dulquer film (remember Kammatipadam?). Sanjay, Bobby, Rosshan and Dulquer agreed to take a subtle approach. This is one of the reasons they decided to release it on an OTT platform – a unanimous decision, he adds. “We first considered a theatrical release, but then the pandemic hit again and we had to put that plan on hold. But, when we thought about it later, we thought the OTT method would be better. A OTT The release is liberating because we can enjoy the film at our own pace.We weren’t interested in spoon-feeding, melodrama, or clear-cut resolutions.