This is a film that wears its heart on its sleeve - ‘a simple, straightforward rom-com’ as the makers put it. But Om Shanti Oshana is hardly a candyfloss romance as it throws to wind the normal rules of on-screen courtship. To put it in a nutshell, the love story features no demure, simpering heroine but a perky teenager who goes for the most unlikeliest match. “The film is woman-oriented, trying to see things through the perspective of a girl. The USP of the film is its refreshing narrative pattern,” says director Jude Antony Joseph.
The film has Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim playing the leads, the duo teaming up once again after last year’s blockbuster Neram. OSO is the story of Pooja Mathews, the only child of a doctor-teacher couple.
“She chances upon a man at an amusement park and starts following him out of curiosity. And the more she knows about him, the more she falls for him,” says Jude. But the tale has a twist - her beau is no suave-and-sweet college boy, but a farmer. How love changes the tomboyish girl into a totally different person forms the crux of the story. “Nazriya has come out with an astonishing performance and I think Pooja is her best role so far,” says Midhun Manuel Thomas, who has penned the script along with Jude.
Midhun adds that the film is about a girl’s first crush and how she pursues it all through her school and college days. “Usually we see the hero stalking the heroine and his relentless attempts to woo and win her over. But in OSO we have ditched that normal format and tried the opposite,” he says. Apart from the love track, the film also has a generous splash of humour. “It’s a fun film, an entertainer to the core suited for all types of audience.”
The film has Vineeth Sreenivasan and Lal Jose playing cameos and the director says both were happy to be part of it. “I managed to rope in them because they felt the script convincing.” While Ranji Panicker plays the role of Dr Mathews, Pooja’s father, Aju Varghese appears in another key role. “But this time he is not the hero’s sidekick.” Ask him about the film’s quirky title and Jude says: “We wanted a simple-yet-striking title in sync with the mood and tempo of the film.
The title has its own significance, but it’s revealed only towards the climax.”
Shaan Rahman’s music, which adds to the romantic flavour of the film, has already whipped up a storm. “Kattu Mooliyo Pranayam..., has crossed 7 lakh views on youtube,” says Jude. The film produced by Alwin Antony under the banner of Ananya Films, will hit the screens this Friday.