Some films have a new story but it is told in such a cliched way that it fails to entertain and excite. And some films have a cliche story but it is told in such a refreshing and upbeat way that it entertains and pleases throughout. Ohm Shanti Oshaana belongs to the latter category. It is a lovely Malayalam romantic comedy starring the talented Nazriya Nazim and Nivin Pauly. The story is about Pooja, a sweet Christian tomboy who falls in love with the serious Hindu farmer Giri and how their story unfolds.
The film has some brilliant comedic moments, like when Pooja’s father tells her not to go out. Suddenly, the background music of the scene in Manichitrathazu starts playing when Nakulan tells Ganga not to go out and Ganga transforms into Nagavalli. Pooja suddenly turns serious and starts repeating the same dialogues “Why can’t I go out? I had told you in the morning,” with an arched brow. The father suddenly becomes afraid and tells her to go. I love it when a film makes a tribute to my favorite Manichitrathazhu and this scene had me in splits!
Another great comedic scene was when Pooja’s mother says that Pooja would go to see the groom, rather than the groom coming to see her. Pooja then imagines going to Giri’s house for “groom seeing” and in walks Giri all coy and shy like a bride. What fantastic comedy! So understated, yet so effective. I loved it.
As I said, Ohm Shanthi Oshaana has a fairly routine story. Girl falls in love with boy of different religion. Boy doesn’t reciprocate. Girl can’t forget boy and so on and so forth. But the reason that Ohm Shanthi Oshaana turned out so great isn’t necessarily the story. It’s the way the story was told and the wonderful performances of lead actors and supporting cast. Nazriya Nazim and Nivin Pauly were perfect in their roles and I imagine that if they had been replaced with anyone else, this film would not have turned out so good.
I highly recommend this film. It’s a cozy, comforting and entertaining film, a perfect choice for a weekend evening to help you de-stress. You will enjoy it.