Oru Vadakkan Selfie

Oru Vadakkan Selfie

Source: General


Critic's Rating: 3/5

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Movie Title

Oru Vadakkan Selfie


G Prajith

Star Cast

Nivin, Aju,Vineeth, Manjima,Neeraj

By Sridevi Sreedhar

If you look closely,Oru Vadakkan Selfie makes some rather predictable points about love but in the end is a charming film that starts off slowly but draws you into its drama and there is much to admire here. It has a thin premise but is a lighthearted souffle sprinkled liberally with uproarious humour and some genuine performances from its lead actors. 

Umesh (Nivin Pauly) is a complete loser from the word 'Go'. He has completed engineering but need some 40 plus supplementary exams to clear before he gets a degree. He is irresponsible, laid-back and is a good-for-nothing young man. His only time pass is chasing girls and fooling around with friends Shaji (Aju Varghese) and Thankaprasad (Neeraj Madhav), in his hometown, Thalassery. His dream, like any youngster who watches a lot of movies these days is to become a director! 

Somewhere along, he is smitten by the charms of a young girl Daisy (Manjima Mohan), who comes to live with her parents in his neighbourhood. After a flop attempt to make a short film and impress his role model noted Gautham Vasudeva Menon, Umesh decides to run away to Chennai, when his father asks him to help in running their grocery store.

In the train, he bumps into Daisy  and a selfie that he clicks in between changes his life forever. The influence and hazards of social media among youth in Kerala is conveyed in a convincing manner and it is Vineeth Sreenivasan's writing which makes the film a treat. Shaan Rahman's music and Jomon T John's visuals are very impressive.

Much of the film's success lies in its spot-on casting. Nivin Pauly has an easy charm about him, is earnest and has a pleasing screen-presence (marana mass like his friend Shaji says). Vineeth Sreenivasan makes his entry a bit late but impresses. Aju Varghese repeats his trademark antics, but is a scream. Debutante Manjima Mohan looks very ordinary and has a dull look throughout, even when she is not expected to.  And Bobby Simha's entry in the last scene is a surprise packet.  

Oru Vadakkan Selfie may not be a great film  and the makers could've done with some tightening in the second half but manages to keep the viewers hooked. Grab your popcorn and enjoy this one! It's a perfectly satisfying watch unlike so many disposable comedies today. 

Verdict: Good

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