Monday, February 10, 2014

Om Shanti Oshana (ഓം ശാന്തി ഓശാന)


Cast: Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Aju Varghese,Vineeth Srinivasan, Renji Panickar, Vinaya Prasad, Shobha Mohan, Nelson, Lal Jose, Akshaya Premnath, Oshein Mertil, Harikrishnan, Vijay Raghavan (Guest Appearance), Manju Satheesh, Nikki Galrani
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Direction: Jude Anthany Joseph
Production: Alvin Antony
Story: Midhun Manuel Thomas
Screenplay : Midhun Manuel Thomas, Jude Anthany Joseph
Cinematographer: Vinod Illampally
Music: Shaan Rahman
Editing : Lijo Paul
Studio : Ananya Films
Release Date: 7th February, 2014
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes
Rating: 3.5/5 (Good +)
Om Shanti Oshana (ഓം ശാന്തി ഓശാന), is so refreshing and exhilarating. The female protagonist of the movie Nazriya Nazim as Pooja Mathew narrates the story. The movie scores high due to its simplicity. Though when the movie opens with the birth of a girl child and her journey to grow as a teenager (shown in the inset) with nursery rhymes in the background, it gives a feeling that the movie plot might have been dealt very very lightly. But as the plot unfolds, it is delightful to watch a teenage girl Pooja trying to explore love in life. After a brief period of infatuation with Yardley (a class mate), she gets infatuated with the male lead Nivin Pauly as Giri Madhavan. Yeah, initially it seems to be a mere infatuation of Pooja with Giri. I could relate very well to the infatuations of the teenager but later it is amazing to watch the beautiful lighter moments through which an infatuation transforms into steadfast love and it has been dealt in with great maturity by ‘still-to-grow’ teenager Pooja.
Nazriya as Pooja has given a very natural and spontaneous performance, who has expressed the intricate emotions of anxiety, love / possessiveness for Giri, disappointment after being treated as a small girl by Giri, still holding him close to her heart with the hope of uniting with him etc. very convincingly.
Nivin Pauly as Giri has given a fine assured performance with his serious look and dons various roles viz. a social worker, kung fu master effortlessly. Though this movie is narrated from Pooja’s perspective, Giri as a clear-headed, almost ascetic, practical youngster does leave an impact through his ground-to-earth performance.
Pooja’s parents Doctor-Teacher couple – Dr. Mathews (played by Renji Panikar) and Annie do give some wonderful positive and humorous moments in the movie. I liked the way parenting has been shown.
Aju Varghese as David Kanjani is hilarious. And Vineeth Srinivasan as Dr. Prasad Varkey has less screen time but pivotal to the plot. Vinaya Prasad as Rachel has also a small role that of a wine-maker, but adds value to the movie by her sheer serene performance.
Other actors viz. Shobha Mohan as Giri’s mother, Lal Jose, Harikrishnan, Manju Satheesh, Nikki Galrani have also given good performances.
Director Jude Anthany Thomas has been successful in making a very simple straightforward rom-com movie without much twists / turns and a grey character / element within it. I watched the whole movie with a smile on my face.
Cinematographer Vinod Illampally has shot the visuals in sync with the simple positive tone and mood / tempo of the movie.
Shaan Rahman’s music adds to the romantic flavour of the film. Especially “Kattu Mooliyo Pranayam…” is good.

Watch Om Shanti Oshana and celebrate Oshana of love, positivity, tranquility and splash of humour.