Ormayil Oru Shishiram

In the last 20 minutes of the movie Ormayil Oru Shishiram, you will get to know the reason why this concept got converted into a movie. Ormayil Oru Shishiram is basically a beta version of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. But unlike Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, here the love story is an absolute dud with excessively cheesy and silly writing. The score by Ranjin Raj is so beautiful and the best way to get the best from this movie is to keep your eyes closed whenever the music starts.

The movie is basically the story of a guy’s first love. Nithin, who is set make his directorial debut in films is taken back to the memories of his plus-two life when memories about Varsha, the girl he loved during plus-two days came across. Ormayil Oru Shishiram shows us the plus-two chapter in Nithin’s life along with the friends and lessons he got from there.

The movie begins with the introduction scene of Mohanlal from Narasimham. And before the interval we have the heroes dressing up as Rajamanikkyam. There is a campus song that pops out of nowhere. And our hero’s innocence is irritatingly silly. The lack of depth or life in the most crucial plus-two life in Oramayil Oru Shishiram is this movie’s biggest problem. What Vivek Aryan is trying to show here is the love story of an aspiring filmmaker. In the end we also here a voice-over that says there is a lot of unspoken love in this world. I agree with that reality, but this movie and that statement are not connected in an organic way. Coming out of the theater I wasn’t feeling bad for Nithin as someone who couldn’t express his love. The only track that emotionally gets some sort of impact is the way Nithin gets angry at his father for not understanding him. But the relevance of that track is minimal and it comes only after we sit through a pile of silly writing.

Deepak Parambol has taken a great effort to tone down his body to become a believable plus-two student. His performance is also pretty effective as that character that lacks self-confidence. It is actually the dumbness the script asserts on the character that makes his character a bit irritating. Anashwara Ponnambath also tries her best to make the character of Varsha a likable one even when the script is trying to make her a cheesy filmy character. Queen fame Eldho Mathew plays an important role as Riyas. Maala Parvathy plays the role of the cool mother. Alencier Lopez is the stereotypical angry father. Ashokan plays the cool father of the heroine (Lalu Alex of the old days). Sudheer Karamana is the supportive teacher and Basil Joseph is there in a cameo-like role.

At the beginning of the movie, director Jeethu Joseph advice Nithin to be a responsible filmmaker. But a major chunk of the movie Ormayil Oru Shishiram feels like an irresponsibly made film. Be it the super cool dad of the heroine or the super angry dad of the hero, characters presented here has nothing subtle about them. Let’s show a lot of random stuff from plus-two life is the idea of the writers for that portion. And among those random things, there isn’t much there for the love to blossom. Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya works because it shows the growth in the love story between the two and it also sticks to the love story of the hero and the heroine. The frames were really good. The songs are pretty catchy and if Ranjin Raj decides to release the OST of the film, I am sure it will be a very meditating experience.

A lot of people have loved the film Nonsense post its digital release. I am not a fan of that movie and I found Ormayil Oru Shishiram in a similar zone when you look at the way they have stretched the concept pointlessly in many areas. Watching this movie I felt that the writers had a clear idea about the climax but depended heavily on clichéd stereotypes to create a back story.

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Final Thoughts

Watching this movie I felt that the writers had a clear idea about the climax but depended heavily on clichéd stereotypes to create a back story.


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By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.