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Times of India
Engineering student Umesh is an academically lost soul, but wishes to be a filmmaker. After an attractive Daisy moves to his neighbourhood with her family, he feels motivated to scale greater heights so he can impress her. An incidental train journey with her changes his life forever.
Oru Vadakkan Selfie is two films in one. While its full-of-life first half is a humorous joyride depicting relatable life situations of an engineering college student, the second is a detective story. Set in locales popularized by Thattathin Marayathu and lining up more or less similar characters, one would feel it's a remix of the 'ummachikutty-loves-aimless-Nair' story. But midway, the film changes track into a thriller.
Umesh who has lost interest in academics is equally clueless when it comes to pursuing his filmmaking ambitions. When pretty girl Daisy moves in to his neighbourhood, a love-struck Umesh tells his friends that they are a couple. Fearing that he may have to join the family business upon failing in all subjects, Umesh runs away to Chennai, only to find Daisy on the train. A photo clicked with her lands him in dire straits and his life takes a new turn.
Nivin Pauly lights up the screen with his effervescence and steals every scene, playing the deadbeat Umesh. Though his mannerisms remind one of 'Rameshan' in 1983 who gives academics a backseat for the love of cricket, the actor's antics do not fail to entertain. Many dialogues mouthed by Aju's partner-in-crime character and Vineeth's private detective avatar are crafted with precision to evoke laughter.
Post interval, however, the narrative wobbles when it dons the garb of a detective thriller, though Aju's antics offer some comic relief. The story derails from what it started out to be and it seems as though the director did not know where to take his characters to. One can't help but wonder what the film was all about as the credits start rolling post the convoluted, abrupt climax.
Oru Vadakkan Selfie
is worth a watch for the performance of its vibrant cast and many moments of wit they pull off effortlessly.