‘Oru Vadakkan Selfie’ is not a Thaniyavarthanam or Sadhayam, and it never pretend to be another Interstellar as well. This is an entertaining and funny movie as advertised.
Good comedy movies are based on fundamental truths. This movie has few such scenes / dialogues which are taken from our lives. Yes, we’ve had those moments, here and there, though perhaps not to such extremes. That ‘extremes’ is the exaggeration which make us enjoy the movie.
Umesh is a carefree, irresponsible youth. His dream is to work under Tamil filmmaker Gautham Menon and then to direct a film as Ajith as hero. His friends encourage and support him to make a short film. A beautiful girl, Daisy comes in to their life. Soon the story takes a different road. The flow of the script is typically like the good old comedies like Cheppukilukkana Changaathi, Siddhiq Lal’s In Hariharnagar, Ramji Rao Speaking etc…
When a movie is made with good talents and if they are friends too, it is going to reflect positively on screen too. Check this: Thattathin Marayathu, Neram and now Oru Vadakkan Selfie. We can feel the mood of the shooting set watching these movies. What really works here is the chemistry of the actors. Fun filled. And… they have a good Chennai flavor in all these films in one way or in another.
Nivin Pauly, is a fast learner. If Prithviraj and Dulquer Salman looks like born talents, this guy is awesome in learning. Just check his movie one by one, Malarvadi to Thattathin Marayathu to English to Neram to Bangalore Days. He is damn confident and he knows his strengths. He looks very near to us, like a boy next-door and is so natural when it comes to humor. Aju Varghese, with his antics and the one liners is a riot. He is one actor who, I thought, will vanish without trace after watching his choice of roles – like Daivathinte Swantham Cleatus. I suddenly became a fan of his performances with the movie Vellimoonga. It was unexpected, at-least for me. His performance in Vellimoonga and now Oru Vadakkan Selfie, takes him to the top. Now, I don’t think he will move away from there.
On the downside, it drags here and there which comes like a speed breaker. Anyway, people waiting outside the theater for the next show will not see a disappointing face of your’s.
Vineeth Sreenivasan, one of the new age Malayalam Cinema filmmakers who will be on the top to rule the industry in near future, once again hits the mango. His writing stands out the most in Oru Vadakkan Selfie, especially the dialogues and the very relevant social message included. The film’s strongest benefits are from it’s creative, and hilarious screenplay, and performances. If you look closely, you’ll get more than just a comedy. If you just want to relax ,watch it again. G. Prajith’s debut is a big hit.
… and there is an extremely electrified surprise waiting for you.