Oru Adaar Love
Oru Adaar Love (transl. "A Fantastic Love") is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language romantic comedy film directed by Omar Lulu. The screenplay was written by Sarang Jayaprakash and Lijo Panadan from a story by Omar Lulu, and produced by Ousepachan Vaalakuzhy under his production company Ousepachan Movie House. The film features Priya Prakash Varrier, Roshan Abdul Rahoof, Noorin Shereef, Siyadh Shajahan, Vaishak Pavanan and Michelle Ann Daniel in principal roles.
|Oru Adaar Love|
|Directed by||Omar Lulu|
|Story by||Omar Lulu|
|Produced by||Ousepachan Vaalakuzhy|
|Edited by||Achu Vijayan|
|Music by||Shaan Rahman|
Ousepachan Movie House
|Distributed by||Ousepachan Screen Media|
|Box office||₹12 crore|
The story deals with high school romance. The movie gained nationwide attention due to a clip which went viral, from the song "Manikya Malaraya Poovi". It prompted the makers to make changes in script, which delayed production. The film was released on 14 February 2019. It was dubbed and released in Tamil with the same title, in Kannada as Kirik Love Story and in Telugu as Lover's Day.
The story revolves around the journey of high school kids from the time they first meet in 11th grade until their graduation in 12th grade. Roshan woos Priya with the help of Gadha and his other friends. One evening Roshan and his friends get drunk and a friend of Roshan accidentally sends erotic videos from Roshan's phone to the school's WhatsApp group. This causes distance between Roshan and Priya.
Roshan and Gadha then pretend to be in love to make Priya jealous but they end up having feelings for each other. Priya approaches Roshan and says that she has forgiven him and they can start to be in a relationship again. But Roshan is unable to forget Gadha, which comes to be known by Priya. Heartbroken, she tells Roshan that Gadha alone can be the perfect partner for him and they end their relationship.
On graduation day, Roshan decides to propose Gadha on top of the mountain. Just as Roshan is about to propose to Gadha, they are attacked by a bunch of goons who were antagonized by Roshan and Gadha earlier as part of an eve teasing incident. Gadha almost get raped and Roshan get beaten brutally, but fortunately they are saved by their college friends and they beat the goons to death. In ending Roshan and Gadha are seen on bike ride with their friends happily.
Principal members of the cast are:
- Priya Prakash Varrier as Priya Varrier
- Roshan Abdul Rahoof as Roshan
- Noorin Shereef as Gadha John
- Siyadh Shajahan as Francis E. Manavalan
- Mathew Joseph as Mathew
- Arun A Kumar as Arun
- Vaishak Pavanan as Vishakh aka 'Pavanna'
- Michelle Ann Daniel as Michelle
- Aneesh G Menon as Shibu Sir, Maths Teacher
- Hareesh Kanaran as Unmesh Sir, P. T. Teacher
- Roshna Ann Roy as Sneha Miss, Biology Teacher
- Althaf Salim as Manikandan Sir, Chemistry Teacher
- Anjali Nair as English Miss
- Pradeep Kottayam as Principal's Secretary
- Shivaji Guruvayoor as Principal
- Siddique as Jose Panadan, Sub-Inspector of Police
- Sreejith Ravi as Divakaran, Constable of Police
- Salim Kumar as Manavalan
- Vishnu Govindan as the school peon
- Dilruba Aswad Alqamar as Sana
- Suhaid (Kukku) as Akku
- Kalabhavan Niyas as Gadha's father
Filming started on 15 January 2018. Malayalam film producer Ousepachan Vaalakuzhy, impressed with Omar Lulu's Happy Wedding and Chunkzz decided to finance his third project, Oru Adaar Love. The primary cast was selected through audition. Ousepachan Vaalakuzhy said he likes to promote newcomers, as has he done with his previous films. After Priya Prakash Varrier's wink in the song "Manikya Malaraya Poovi" became a viral hit, the makers altered the script to give prominence to her, thus sidelining the role played by Noorin Shereef, who had initially been cast in the lead role.
The film music and score were composed by Shaan Rahman. The song "Manikya Malaraya Poovi" sung by Vineeth Sreenivasan, a revised modern version of a Mappila song, was uploaded on 9 February 2018 on YouTube as part of the promotions. It became a viral video at number 1 position garnering over one million views and 50,000 likes in 20 hours. The original version of "Manikya Malaraya Poovi" was written by P. M. A. Jabbar with music composition by Thalassery K. Refeeque in 1978.
|Oru Adaar Love|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Shaan Rahman chronology|
|1.||"Manikya Malaraya Poovi"||P. M. A. Jabbar||Vineeth Sreenivasan||3:20|
|2.||"Freak Penne"||Sathyajith||Sathyajith, Neethu Naduvathettu||3:21|
|3.||"Munnale Ponaale"||Pearle Maaney||Haricharan||3:52|
|4.||"Thanananana Penne"||B. K. Harinarayanan||Sooraj Santhosh, Sruthy Sivadas||2:47|
|5.||"Forever Friend"||Sathyajith||Sachin Warrier||3:27|
|6.||"Aarum Kaanaathinnen"||B. K. Harinarayanan||Vineeth Sreenivasan||3:00|
|7.||"Maahiya"||B. K. Harinarayanan||Hesham Abdul Wahab, Jeenu Nazeer||4:20|
|8.||"Manichettan Song"||Sachin Raj||4:35|
As of 9 March 2019, the film has grossed more than ₹12 crore in India. It was made on a budget of ₹5 crore.
S.R. Praveen of The Hindu stated "Oru Adaar Love on a Valentine’s day seems to be the handiwork of the culture police, for love hardly ever got such a shabby treatment on screen. If only a wink could save this experiment in mediocrity", referring to a scene from a song in the movie where the lead female actor winks, that went viral on the internet before the movie's release.The Times of India gave 2.5 out of 5 stars, stating: "Oru Adaar Love seems like a quickly put together movie trying to cash in on the rather unexpected publicity that came its way. There are unpredictable twists in the tale, however, that may keep viewers hooked till the end."India Today gave 2 out of 5 stars, stating: "Oru Adaar Love's lacklustre story and underdeveloped character arcs struggle hard to entertain the audience throughout the film."
The News Minute gave 1 out of 5 stars, stating: "The film appears to say that the wrongs that men do aren’t really all that wrong. The misogyny doesn’t even try to hide behind any ‘larger’ story like in some movies."Times Now gave 2 out of 5 stars, stating: "The film does no justice to the title but you can watch it to reminisce about your high school days and your first crushes. But when it comes to high school romances, I would still prefer watching Trisha Krishnan-Vijay Sethupathi’s 96."The Week gave 1 out of 5 stars, stating: "One of the oft used cliches when reviewing a movie is 'old wine in new bottle'. In Omar Lulu's case, he has just a bottle and filled with some water that has the colour of wine."
CNN-News18 gave 2 out of 5 stars, stating: "Everything has been planned conveniently to suit a violent ending. What could have turned into an engaging tale of teenage realisation ends up nowhere. It’s a lost opportunity."The Indian Express gave 2 out of 5 stars, stating: "Oru Adaar Love has no plot as such except for a predictable romantic triangle that plays out between Priya Prakash Varrier, Roshan Abdul Rahoof and Noorin Shereef. The point the film tries to make hasn’t been fleshed out fully to last a two-hour long narration. The entire movie feels like one big set up to achieve a moment that’s fashioned to make the audience sob."Sify gave 2 out of 5 stars, stating: "Oru Adaar Love provides some unexpected surprises but you would require real patience to sit through until then. It’s a no brainer, often offensive school kid romance that uses every technique to entertain. If that is your idea of fun, you may find this one fine."
Initially, the original climax of the movie ended with Roshan getting killed by the attackers and Gadha getting assaulted. But the scene was poorly received by the audience and the climax was reshot with Roshan and Gaadha’s friends coming to their rescue which lead to a happier ending for the movie.
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