Oru Vadakkan Selfie

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Oru Vadakkan Selfie
Oru Vadakkan Selfie First Look Poster.jpg
First-look poster
Directed byG. Prajith
Produced byVinod Shornur
Written byVineeth Sreenivasan
Starring
Music byShaan Rahman
CinematographyJomon T. John
Production
company
Cast N' Crew
Distributed byLJ Films & Popcorn Entertainments
Release date
  • 27 March 2015 (2015-03-27)
Running time
142 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Budget4 crore (US$580,000)[1]
Box office21 crore (US$3.0 million)[2][3]

Oru Vadakkan Selfie (English: A Northerner's Selfie) is a 2015 Malayalam-language road comedy film directed by G. Prajith and scripted by Vineeth Sreenivasan.[4] The film features Nivin Pauly, Manjima Mohan, Aju Varghese, Neeraj Madhav and Vineeth Sreenivasan.[5][6] The music was composed by Shaan Rahman. It was released on 27 March to positive reviews,[7] and became one of the biggest grossers of the year. Some news media and the Kerala Film Producers Association called it the first successful Malayalam film of 2015. This movie marks the debut of Manjima Mohan as an actress in Malayalam movie; earlier, she played a child in films including Priyam and Sundara Purushan.

The film has been remade in Telugu as Meda Meeda Abbayi. The 2017 Bengali movie Bolo Dugga Maiki was partially based on this movie.

Plot[edit]

Umesh Manohar (Nivin Pauly) is a 21-year-old carefree engineering student who has 42 back papers to clear. His close pals are Shaji (Aju Varghese) and Thankaprasad (Neeraj Madhav). Wanting to find a quick way to earn money and fame, he decides to try his hand at movies, and wants to assist none other than the renowned South-Indian director Gautham Vasudev Menon. Shaji suggests that Umesh make a short film and upload it on the internet, but the result is utter failure, after losing the camera in an accident. Umesh's father (Vijayaraghavan) orders him to help him to run his small shop. To avoid such a bleak future, Umesh catches the next train to Chennai from his home town of Thalassery, Kannur. On the train, he sees Daisy (Manjima Mohan), his neighbor back home. Umesh tries to woo Daisy throughout the journey but miserably fails. He lies to his friends that they are having an affair, tricks her into posing for a selfie with him, and sends it to Shaji.

After spending six days in Chennai, realizing that he is not cut out for the struggle to enter the film industry, he returns to his town in Thalassery, where he finds a slew of people waiting for his return. He learns that his hometown is hot with news of his elopement with Daisy. The selfie clicked by him had created a big problem among his family and neighbors. He finds out that Shaji had been the one who told them. He returns to Chennai immediately with Shaji to find her and prove his innocence, where they meet a private detective named Jack Tracker (Vineeth Sreenivasan), with whom he had fought earlier with when chasing Daisy.

With the help of Jack, Umesh finds Daisy, and later, it is revealed that she is in love with a man called Harinarayan (Unni Mukundan) and wants to marry him. She also tells them that she had known him and communicated through social media like Facebook and emails but had never met him. Later, Umesh, Daisy, Shaji, and Jack set out to find Hari, and they travel to his hometown Pazhani. The gang later manages to go to Hari's house with the help of a farmer, who is also a Keralite. It is revealed that Hari had committed suicide a year before, as his friend and business partner John Mathew Bhaskar (Bobby Simha) had cheated him in their business venture. John then used Hari's online accounts to cheat others.

Jack then reveals that he is an officer from Tamil Nadu CBCID (Crime Branch Crime Investigation Department) economic investigation wing, his real name is Nivin , and he did all this to find the brains behind the online money fraud. He also says that the true intention of the guy in the Internet is to cheat young women and steal their money. After the set of confusions being cleared, Umesh, Daisy, and Shaji go back to Kerala. A few months later, Umesh meets Nivin at a resort, where he says Umesh that the cybercell group had found the real culprit, John. Nivin then lets Umesh to vent out his anger on John for cheating innocent girls as what he did to Daisy. Umesh is then shown walking to a nearby table and asking whether the man sitting there is John. The movie ends with the man answering yes and Umesh hitting him over the head with a bottle.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Filmibeat gave a rating of 3/5 and said "A hilarious entertainer for this Vishu season, which will make you laugh your heart out". Malayala Manorama gave a rating of 3.25/5.[10] The Times of India mentions it to be "worth a watch for the performance of its vibrant cast and many moments of wit they pull off effortlessly" and awards a rating of 3/5 stars.[11] The New Indian Express labeled it as "A Good-humoured Mass Selfie".[12] International Business Times rated 3.5/5 stars and called it "A hilarious flick from Nivin Pauly-Aju Varghese team" and concluded "Overall, Oru Vadakkan Selfie is worth your time and money if you are looking ahead for a fun-filled day".[13]

There have been announcements about remaking the film in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Kannada. The remake rights for some of the languages has been sold while discussions regarding the others are progressing.[3][14]

Box office[edit]

Oru Vadakkan Selfie had what the IB Times called an "overwhelming start" in its first weekend, which resulted in many exhibitors increasing the number of screenings for the film.[15] According to the Kerala Film Producers Association (KFPA), the film earned a distributor share of around 3 crore (US$430,000) in its first week of release. KFPA called the film as the "first super hit of 2015".[16] The film stayed in the fifth position in its sixth weekend, owing to release of new films.[17] Suresh Shenoy stated that the Vishu festival season of 2015 had "turned out to be a dampener except for the continuing rush for Oru Vadakkan Selfie".[18]

The production budget was around 4 crore (US$580,000).[1] The gross collection is estimated as 30.5 crore (US$4.4 million). The film ran over 100 days and more in 24 releasing centres.[19][20]

Soundtrack[edit]

Oru Vadakkan Selfie
Soundtrack album to Oru Vadakkan Selfie by
Released25 March 2015
Recorded2015
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length19:31
LanguageMalayalam
LabelMuzik 247
ProducerVinod Shornur
Shaan Rahman chronology
Aadu
(2015)
Oru Vadakkan Selfie
(2015)
Adi Kapyare Kootamani
(2015)

The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Shaan Rahman. Song lyrics were written by Vineeth Sreenivasan, Manu Manjith and Anu Elizabeth Jose.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Chennai Pattanam"Vineeth SreenivasanVineeth Sreenivasan, Arya Mohandas2:33
2."Neelambalin"Manu ManjithArun Alat, Kavya Ajit5:15
3."Paarvanavidhuve"Anu Elizabeth JoseHarish Sivaramakrishnan3:36
4."Yekkam Pogavillai" Shaan Rahman1:35
5."Enne Thallendammaava"Vineeth SreenivasanShaan Rahman, Vineeth Sreenivasan3:19
6."Kaikkottum Kandittilla"Anu Elizabeth JoseVaikkom Vijayalakshmi3:13
Total length:19:31

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chandrakanth Viswanath (29 June 2015). "Resurgent Film Industry Poised to Flourish". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  2. ^ Nicy (25 June 2015). "Box-Office Collection: 'Premam', 'Oru Vadakkan Selfie' Success Makes Nivin Pauly Ultimate Winner of Malayalam Cinema 2015". International Business Times.
  3. ^ a b Onmanorama Desk (30 June 2015). "Box office report: 'Premam', 'OVS' rule 2015 first half". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  4. ^ V.P, Nicy (13 December 2014). "Nivin Pauly's Next With 'Thattathin Marayathu' Team Titled 'Oru Vadakkan Selfie'". International Business Times. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  5. ^ C Pillai, Radhika (12 December 2014). "Nivin' next is Oru Vadakkan Selfie". The Times Of India. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  6. ^ C Pillai, Radhika (21 December 2014). "Now I feel more responsible for my actions". The Times Of India. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  7. ^ Roktim Rajpal (4 July 2015). "Mid-year report card 2015: Southern films that have created a buzz so far this year". IBN Live.
  8. ^ Media, Pepper. "ORU VADAKKAN SELFIE WILL HIT THEATRES ON MARCH 27". PepperMediaCreation.com. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  9. ^ Karthikeyan, Shruti (18 January 2015). "Neeraj sports a bold new look". The Times Of India. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Oru Vadakkan Selfie: Long shot". ManoramaOnline. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Oru Vadakkan Selfie Movie Review". TOI. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  12. ^ "A Good-humoured Mass Selfie". TNIE. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  13. ^ Nicy (27 March 2015). "'Oru Vadakkan Selfie' Movie Review: A Hilarious Flick from Nivin Pauly-Aju Varghese Team". International Business Times.
  14. ^ Press Trust of India (21 June 2015). "'Oru Vadakkan Selfie' to be remade in Hindi". Tjiruvananthapuram: The Indian Express. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  15. ^ Nicy V.P (2 April 2015). "Malayalam Box Office Collection: Can Dileep's 'Ivan Maryadharaman' Hinder Success Run of '100 Days of Love', 'Oru Vadakkan Selfie', 'Ennum Eppozhum'".
  16. ^ G. Krishnakumar (5 April 2015). "Selfie clicks, becomes year's first super-hit".
  17. ^ "Kerala Weekend Box Office Collection: 'Chandrettan Evideya', 'Bhaskar The Rascal' Lead in Theatres; Slow Start for 'Uttama Villain'". Nicy V.P. International Business Times. 5 May 2015.
  18. ^ G. Krishnakumar (2 April 2015). "It's father versus son at box office this weekend".
  19. ^ "Oru Vadakkan Selfie 100 days Celebration". International Business Times. 5 July 2015.
  20. ^ Oru Vadakkan Selfie (4 July 2015). "100 happy days". Facebook.com.

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