Film: Om Shanthi Oshana
Cast: Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Aju Varghese, Vineeth Sreenivasan
Director: Jude Anthany Joseph
If you could tell a love story breezily, with the accompaniment of pleasant humour, you could bring a smile onto the face of the viewer. Jude Anthany Joseph does that with ‘Om Shanthi Oshana’. A fine debut it is by the director, who has also co-authored the neat script.
‘Om Shanthi Oshana’ is the tale of Pooja Mathew, a schoolgirl who rides a motorbike and tells her mother that ‘kitchen is not for me, but for you women.’ From a very young age, she is determined to marry the man she loves.
It is Giri, a socially committed young farmer, who sweeps the tomboy off her feet. However, he stays away from the opposite sex after being jilted by his lady love, who happens to be a relative of Pooja (‘I had eaten two plates of biryani on her wedding’). But Pooja is a single-minded girl. She is willing to wait so that she can grow old enough to marry Giri. How she pursues her man is engagingly narrated by the director, without boring the viewer. The film is often funny, with some genuine humour that is not slapstick or double entendre.
‘Om Shanthi Oshana’ is primarily aimed at the new generation. But it is not a ‘new generation’ film. Nazriya Nazim is eminently lovable as Pooja. Not only does she look charmingly innocent, but does a good job too in her author-backed role.
Nivin Pauly has put in another competent performance, after his fine effort in ‘1983’, released just a week ago. There are also good performances from Aju Varghese and Vineeth Sreenivasan in a cameo, as a lecturer at the medical college. Camera by Vinod Illampally and editing by Lijo Paul are pluses. They all make ‘Om Shanthi Oshana’ an enjoyable, pleasant film.
P.K. Ajith Kumar