Om Shanthi Om Movie ReviewPublished: October 30, 2015
Directed by : Surya Prabaakar
Produced by : P. Arumai Chandran
Written by : D. Surya Prabhakar, Sankar Kumar (dialogue)
Starring : Srikanth, Neelam Upadhyaya, Baiju
Music by : Vijay Ebenezer
Cinematography : Bhaskaran K.M
Edited by : Vivek Harshan
Production company : 8 Point Entertainment
Release dates : October 30, 2015
Time and again, Tamil cinema has been witnessing lots of horror movies with a mix of comedy, fantasy and romance as well. This one comes in a different style, much alike Suriya-Venkat Prabhu’s Massu Engira Maasilamani, which dealt with the same style of theme. Srikanth and Neelam are playing lead roles in this movie, which stars Naan Kadavul fame Rajendran in important character.
The film opens a bus accident somewhere on the way between Pazhani and Trichy and with no connection, the story travels to six months later, we get to see Srikanth as a happy go lucky chap with no worries. A good job, pay and quite a luxurious life and of course, he falls in love with a beautiful girl (Neelam), who later falls for him. When things are happening with peace and serenity, Srikanth comes across few people who start following him. What do they want from him or has he got anything connected with their lives?
First and foremost we need to appreciate director Surya Prabhakar for offer a decent tale set in the backdrops of horror. Usually horror stories are meant to be more gory with violence and revenge, but this one is a feel-good one that might resemble American TV series American Whisperers in certain way, but not to the maximum.
If you’re looking up for the flip side, we have already seen lots of horror movies and this one arriving late in time doesn’t surprise us vividly. You would easily predict the twists before they are offered on the screens. The running length is yet another problem, where director should hav easily understood that such genres should be presented in 90-100 minutes. Few sequences and songs, especially in the second half should have been trimmed.
When it comes to performance, Srikanth tries to make up for the best results and has accomplished to a certain degree. But we feel, he is capable of offering something more than this. He is always at his best. Neelam looks beautiful and gorgeous in songs, but her performance could be better as well. Aadukalam Naren delivers decent performances as before. But the actual showstopper is Naan Kadavul Rajendran who scores more than Srikanth and others in the cast.
Musical score by Vijay Ebenezer is appreciable and cinematography in songs is best, although some of the songs are misfits to the screenplay.
Overall, Om Shanthi Om is a good attempt, but with yet more engaging screenplay, it could have drawn us into the theatres.
Verdict: Moderate effort with some emotional moments