Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (2014)

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It is a bit funny how you start paying attention to things or people around. Sometimes a favorable comment from someone whose opinion you respect is good enough for us to start pay attention to a person.

Nivin Pauly is an actor whose entry to Malayalam film industry was known to me, but somehow I never gave him much thought. I remember watching a bit of his ‘Thattathin Marayathu’ and was not much impressed (hehe).Then my husband who saw the movie during a bus travel mentioned how much he was impressed by his acting during the scene in the jail cell. TH cannot understand Malayalam much, so being impressed by an actor without understanding the dialogue left an impression in me. That is how I started paying attention to the phenomenon called Nivin Pauly.

Today I am a true Nivin Pauly fan – fan of the whole package. I just hope he will retain some of his unpolished side which is what I admire most. I hope he stays grounded too.

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Ohm Shanthi Oshaana – a simple love story of a school girl named Pooja who develop a crush on Giri (Nivin Pauly), pursues him and wins his heart after few years. That is the theme of this romantic comedy. The movie leaves you with such a warm and happy feeling. The whole movie with some wonderful acting, script, dialogues etc just make it a visual and audio treat. Then there are a few songs that has become my favorites over the months.

Nazriya Nazim is another person for whom I have a soft corner. I had watched Bangalore Days few days before this and was impressed with her. I feel deep respect for this girl who can come in closeup shots infront of the camera sans makeup or bare minimum makeup. I was under the impression that Nazriya went sans makeup on screen for  Anjali Menon – the director of Bangalore Days. But when I watched Ohm Shanthi Oshaana, I realized that this is her usual style.

The subtle and sweet chemistry developed between Pooja and Giri is the highlight of the movie. The transition from a school girl crush to a mature adult love which has withstood the test of time and different hurdles is what is shown beautifully there.

Aju Varghese and Renji Panicker does justice to their role as Pooja’s cousin and father respectively. Aju provides the comic element for the movie and keeps the narration interesting.  The career switch of Renji Panicker from a script writer/director to an actor happened with this movie and the malayalam film industry will be eternally grateful for this evolution.

I viewed Ohm Shanthi Oshaana for the first time about 2 years back and then have watched bits and pieces of it on TV. This is a movie that I have learnt to appreciate more over these viewing and this will be one of those movies that I will be watching many more times in the coming years. This movie does not get a place in any of those ‘best malayalam movies to watch’ listicles that you find floating around on the internet, but this was one of the best malayalam movies that I have watched.

Do grab a DVD or watch it on TV whenever you get a chance. You will love it.

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