Salt and Pepper is a Malayalam movie directed by Aashiq Abu and brings to the fore an emerging contemporary genre of movies. They are fresh, light, entertaining and themes that relate to today’s day and age.
Every language espouses its own characteristic humor and therefore to understand the movie as a native would have been immensely better. Fortunately I understand Malayalam quite a bit but anyway got one with English subtitles to be on the safer side.
Kalidasan ( Lal), an archeologist by profession, is an eccentric unmarried middle-aged man and an incorrigible foodie. He lives and dies by food and is always on the lookout for good recipes & cooks.
He even goes to the extent of kidnapping a tribal to learn the secrets of cooking over a slow fire. He manages to find himself a highly skilled cook (Baburaj) through a happy coincidence. He chances upon the heavenly ‘appams’ ( for non-appam savvy people, they are rice flour and jaggery dumplings fried in oil ) made by Babu when he goes to see a girl for marriage.
Life thus meandering upon its happy course, was interrupted by his street-smart, girl-happy nephew ‘Manu’, who lands at his house while searching a job. He gifts him a ‘mobile’ which Kalidasan, not used to modern gadgets, views with understandable suspicion.
Maya (Shweta Menon) is a 30 something girl, with a mind of her own, who couldn’t get married as her stars were not favourable. She is a dubbing artist and also happens to be a great cook.
Events unfold when Maya by-mistake happens to call Kalidasan when trying to order ‘Tatil Kutty Dosa'(Rice pancakes).
After an explosive start to sort out the misunderstanding, the two start chatting over the phone and develop a unique bond. When its time for Maya and Kalidasan to come face to face, they suddenly develop cold feet and instead send Manu and Meenakshi (Maya’s younger sister) which causes a comedy of confusion.
Ultimately the movie is a romance with a food twist. It’s peppered with some great humor and is definitely a must watch.
Many regional movies need to be brought into center stage, as otherwise we are losing out on some good cinema.