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A movie with a bleak script, tedious, melodramatic scenes and a predictive end is the introduction to Ora Vadakkan Selfie. But since the plot is comic, one can ignore all of that, and still burst out laughing on the protagonist and his antics. It is a simple movie which makes you feel good after you leave the theater.
Plot: The story is of Umesh who is an engineering student, who needs to pass more than 40 backlogs to get a degree This statement surely establishes Umesh as a good-for-nothing person. He wants to try his luck in movies and film direction. His father orders him to get his belongings and run the store they have.
To avoid such a monotonous routine, he flees to Chennai. But that trip to Chennai and a selfie with his neighbor Daisy changes his life forever. He returns to his hometown after realizing he is not good at movies, but the town is red hot with anger. Is Umesh really good-for-nothing? What will Daisy do? Why is everyone angry at him? To know this, watch this comic tale of a chain of misadventures.
Analysis: The movie shows the misuse of social networking sites by prying eyes to lure innocent people. It does so, effectively even making us laugh a few times. The film shows beautiful locales on the roadside, at times making the audience feel as if they are on the road along with the protagonist. It is a story which tries to be appealing to the youth and educate them about the cyber crimes and dangers related to online life, otherwise. Engineering life is poked fun at, to connect with the audience.
Every time the film deviates from its course of reaching the climax, humor saves the day. Pauly, Srinivasan, and Varghese form the trinity of beauty, brains and comedy. Srinivasan tries on too many roles and does fine in all of them. The film turns into a sermon at the end, where all everyone does is preach. It is just a brief slapstick, comic, adventurous, misunderstood and slightly preach everyone type movie.
Star Performances: Pauly delivers his best as he could, in a role of a good-for-nothing guy. He is thoroughly entertaining with his no brain jokes. And his chemistry with Varghese is successful as it evokes laughter from the start to the end, showering viewers with silly but clean humor. Varghese in particular, stands out for his comic acts. He is a superb comedian with a great sense of timing. Srinivasan also manages to hold his turf despite the other two overshadowing him. He wraps up a decent job. Overall the trio is a good combination for the movie and its humor.
1. The movie has clean and good jokes.
2. The combination of Pauly-Varghese as best friends and their jokes, makes you laugh and almost fall off your seats.
3. The locales shown in the movie are just out of the world.
What's not there?
1. The female lead played by Manjima Mohan, is plain in her delivery and portrayal of the character.
2. The dialogues turn preachy.
Verdict: Despite all the potholes in the script, this movie, is an entertaining one-time watch. Grab a popcorn bucket with your family and indulge in the slapstick humor.
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