Ormayil Oru Sisiram Malayalam Movie Review
From the platter of romance, debutant Vivek Aryan cherry-picks a very familiar content and triumphantly spreads the nostalgia of first love. The sincere and committed approach by Aryan gives a new dimension to the tale as he seldom relies on usual embellishments in his treatment. Austerity in the visuals is compensated by rain, which is a metaphor, and is used deftly to connect the musings of lead characters. Devoid of regular classroom commotion and one-liners, 'Ormayil Oru Shishiram' follows the Plus Two days of Nithin Mohan (Deepak Parambol).
A timid student in the class but an active boy among his friends, Nithin feels a crush on Varsha (Anaswara Ponnambath) at first sight in school. He meets her drenched in the rain and the way she celebrates rain evokes curiosity in him. His friend Riyas (Eldho Mathew) advises him how to propose a girl but Nithin fails every time. Meanwhile, Varsha becomes close to him as a friend. The impact of parents on students is portrayed through the characters, including Nithin's mother Remani (Parvathy) and Varsha's father Rajendran (Asokan). Nithin's father Mohan (Alencier) is very strict as he wants him to pursue engineering than cinema as a career.
Scripted by Appu Sreenivas Nair and C.G. Sivaprasad, the film opens with the preparations of Nithin, who is set to start the shooting of his debut film as director. But still his memories are coloured with the moments of his first love. The debutant director's aesthetic and relaxed approach overshadow the highly familiar content, making it a touching experience.
The drawback of 'Ormayil Oru Shishiram' is that it never promises the usual exuberance of a film set on the school campus milieu. Nithin and Varsha get the prime focus of the tale so the movie drags here and there. The film flounders when the plot falters in providing an engaging feel, withdrawing from the domain of lead characters.
Deepak is fabulous in his portrayal of Nithin, who faces conflict of interest since he sincerely loves cinema as well as Varsha during the decisive phase of his education. The actor is sublime in exuding the immaturity in the acts and decision making of a teenager. Anaswara plays an uncommon heroine of such tales and she effortlessly absorbs the traits of Varsha.
The relationship between parents and their children is so gently but effectively narrated in 'Ormayil Oru Shishiram'. It's certainly an odd to first love even as the regular hues of treatment are missing. Music composer Ranjin Raj and cinematographer Arun James have done an exceptionally good job with minimal resources.
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