:::: Oh My Friend Movie Review
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Cast: Siddarth, Navadeep, Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani
Music: Rahul Raj
Producer: Dil Raju
Direction: Venu Sri Ram
Chandu (Siddarth), Siri (Shruti Haasan) are very close friends. Siri loves Uday (Navadeep) and Chandu falls in love with Ritu (Hansika). All will not be well between the friends once their lovers come into their lives. Their deep bond of friendship causes differences in their love and they break up with their lovers. The conclusion for this problem is to be seen on screen.
It’s a very simple story which we had seen in films like Iddaru Mitrulu and Nuvve Kavali. So the plot is not entirely new to our audiences. However, unlike Iddaru Mitrulu, here the film has youthful appeal and also gives a different conclusion to Nuvve Kavali type friends.
Director Venu Sriram tried to explore the gender differences in friendship and the consequences. He did a neat job up to some extent. He gave a very strong conclusion to the story which would convince anybody. But he missed few essential factors that make a complete film.
Entertainment is barely there. No comedy is included in the narrative. The focus is mainly on four principle characters and there are no sub plots at all. Had he come up with a better narrative which entertains and passes the strong message, this would have been a modern classic.
Sadly his script lacked the universal appeal and purely one dimensional leaving the fate of the film to the young audience. If youth lap this film up it will have a decent run and if they reject it would suffer big time.
Siddarth is good like always. His emotional outburst in the penultimate scene is pretty good. Shruti Haasan came up with a natural performance. She is lovable as Siri. Hansika is on the weightier side. She did an okay job. Navadeep gave another confident performance. Tanikella Bharani is standard. Ali is just Okay.
Music by Rahul Raj is an asset to this movie. All the songs are very good to hear and as well as to view on screen. Background score by Mani Sharma carries the mood and feel of the film. Cinematography is pretty good. Editing is fairly decent.
This film is made with high standards and the richness is visible in every scene. Director Venu Sriram did a fine job as a director in bringing out the good performances from his lead cast. His script struck the emotional chords well but a rounded script with universal appeal might have done wonders to this film. As of now, not a bad debut. He shows promise to be a good director who could handle the human emotions well.
Oh My Friend is targeted at the youth and they should relate to the main plot of the movie. Saying so, it may not appeal to each and every youngster as the issue is not a universal problem. If you have a best buddy from the opposite gender, it would surely appeal to you. So everything depends upon how anyone could relate to this subject. If not for anything go for the superb music and stunning visuals.
Oh My Friend Movie Rating: 3/5