'Ottam' review: A family entertainer with ample doses of humor and love

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The movie Ottam perfectly captures some of the significant moments that every youngster goes through in their lives. Starring newcomers Nandu Aanand and Roshan Ullas, who rose to the limelight through the reality show Naayika Naayakan aired on Mazhavil Manorama, the movie has ample doses of humor and love and genuinely captures the mad rush to achieve success and fortune.

The story unfolds through the life of a youngster who is destined to suffer failures and misfortunes in his life.

The director has been able to portray many moments which every youth may have gone through in his life at least once. It is moments like these that make the narrative closer to life and honest in its presentation.

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Another highlight of Ottam is that it narrates the tales of a group of ordinary people, without adding any sort of exaggeration or embellishment.

Though the film deals with the fast paced lives of men and women who strive to build a life for themselves, love too has significance in the narrative. From the genuine love and the lost love to the fake love, the movie amazingly depicts the various shades of the emotion. Humor scenes, poems and songs add ample entertainment for the audience.

The movie projects the undeniable fact that failures and successes are inseparable parts of human lives.

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Newcomers shine

Ottam is the debut directorial venture of Zam who was the associate of veteran film makers like Blessy, Nissar, Suresh Unnithana and Lenin Rajendran. The beautiful locales of Vypin are perfectly weaved into the narrative of the film. The climax scenes vouch for the incredible talent of the director.

The movie which progresses in a mellow tone suddenly shifts to the swiftness of a thriller. The audience is hooked to the movie until the last scene where it ends on a positive note.

The brilliant performances of the newcomers are surely one of the highlights of Ottam. Besides the director and the lead artists, the screen writer and the editor too are debutants.

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The screenplay of the movie is penned by Rajesh K Narayanan. Actors like Alencier, Sudheer Karamana, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Manikandan Achary, Rajesh Varma, Thesni Khan and Rajitha Madhu play pivotal roles in Ottam.

The lead actors and actresses have essayed their roles with finesse. Newcomers Nanadu Anand and Roshan Ullas managed to pull off their roles without the anxiety of performing in front of the camera for the first time. The female leads too did commendable jobs. The character named Chachappan was played amazingly by award winning actor Alencier. Manikandan Achary too did not disappoint as ‘Kattu’ a character that roams around.

The movie which caters to the interests of all kinds of audience is sure to draw the youth and families to the theaters. Ottam is not a mass movie; it is a film which stays close to the life with moments of love, hope, humor and a wonderful climax.

Ottam has couple of beautiful songs and the background score perfectly complement the narrative. The lines of the songs are written by Sreekumaran Thampi and BK Harinarayanan. John P Varkey and Four Music are the music composers. Pappu has wielded the camera for the movie. Vishal VS is the editor. Ottam is the second production venture of Thomas Thiruvalla after the critically acclaimed film Kalimannu.

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