Priya Varrier’s wink steered storm throughout the nation! Director Omar Lulu’s Oru Adaar Love (One Fantastic Love Story) is a fantastic product of sensational promotional campaign. The makers couldn’t even find an occasion better than Valentine’s Day, Oru Adaar Love’s deceptive glossiness is as shallow like the empty theatres, now making way for Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. Malayalam Cinema is known for its realistic approach and comprehensive storytelling, last year’s hard-hitting Eeda is still unforgettable and now Oru Adaar Love re-routes towards haywire sensationalism. Omar Lulu, infamous for his shrewd remarks against women, and here, problematic sexist jokes become an excuse just for entertainment.
It is a coming-of-age romance caught not only in alms of Roshan (Roshan Abdul Rahoof) and Priya (Priya Prakash Varrier) but also depict hormone transitional phase. As it opens promisingly, a breezy romance with feel-good moments ultimately ends as a shallow no-brainer. Oru Adaar Love requires a lot of patience to sail through the glorification of misogyny, crass dialogues and problematic behaviour (yes, the forceful kiss scene). Even an abrupt track change for an impactful climax glorifies the lewd behaviour, to add more salt, the sequence is shot sensationally. Dragged at 2 hours 25 minutes, the unnecessary sub-plots with substandard character writing as well as unpleasant/non-groovy songs popping out never lead entertainment factor.Somewhere between teenage realisation of infatuation and love, Director Omar Lulu succumbs to realisation of mediocrity. While the teenagers’ realisation is lost in translation, the film is as lost in its narcissistic approach. When a girl exclaims, “I’m not a virgin”, the boy toying behind her passes crass remark – get the point? From body shaming to sexual innuendos, Oru Adaar Love is a reflection of Omar Lulu’s erratic behaviour, looks like he subverts the platform for “justification”.
Roshan’s infectious charm hooks from the word go and Priya Varrier’s wink doesn’t save herself from a hamming session. Their chemistry is perceptibly sizzling but Roshan-Noorin’s is the one which inches into the heart. It’s only Noorin Sheeref whose confidence matches up a well-etched character and a watchable heartwarming portion.
As Priya fails to understand, Roshan slaps her – well, the film winks a slap on the audience. Lacks integrity like the incoherent writing above, what a pointless wink!
Release: 14 February, 2019
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