Friday WatchAlong: Ohm Shanthi Oshaana! Right Here, Starting at 3pm Chicago Time

Yaaaaay! One of my favorite movies! So even if people can’t show up, because of stupid jobs and school and things, I will have fun watching it by myself.

Ohm Shanthi Oshaana! Available on youtube, googleplay, and einthusan. Well worth the money to rent, or even buy.

At 3pm Chicago time I will start off the comments, and then we will keep going back and forth for the whole movie, right here.

226 thoughts on “Friday WatchAlong: Ohm Shanthi Oshaana! Right Here, Starting at 3pm Chicago Time

    • He wanted her to feel free! So she could forget hima nd move on if she wanted! As soon as she was adult and still sure of her own mind, he spoke.

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  1. I will watch that again and try very hard to see the male lead as fully hot and desirable and better than the great chemistry friend. Thank you for introducing me to Kerala Margaret!

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  2. I’m watching it again and now I have questions. The scene where she cooks for the first time, and you see a bell ring. Is that a reference to the kitchen being like a temple or a prayer being answered or something else. AND do you have to walk through a bathroom to get to the kitchen? The layout of her house with it’s numerous stairs and half levels is not something I have seen before.

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    • Yes, the kitchen scene is like entering a temple ceremony, like she is entering a sacred space for the first time will full ceremony.

      I don’t fully understand the house either! But I think maybe it is just a sink outside the kitchen? The idea being everyone can wash their hands before eating (which is a very practical idea and I kind of wish there were more sinks in common areas in American houses). Definitely it is one of those “split level” houses that always confuse me, there seem to be all these small areas on levels to themselves. I think it is supposed to be good for ventilation?

      On Mon, Sep 7, 2020 at 1:07 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. Next question, when the hero and a group of men come to her house and hand a flier? to her father, what does the flier say / why is he there? 34 minutes in einthusan version.

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    • I think that’s collecting money for the community marriages, which seems to be one of his big local activism things. Something like that, our hero is clearly big on working with local committees to do good works, and her father obviously always donates large amounts of money to them. So he would have been to her house lots before, but I can see her not really noticing him as part of this whole group that comes and talks to Dad about something.

      On Mon, Sep 7, 2020 at 1:12 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • I think only a year older, or else the same age. He and Julie dated in high school, he got caught up in the Communist activism like his Dad, then calmed down and started focusing on running the farm. Meanwhile Julie seems to have maybe gone away to college, and then been engaged to a nice rich proper NRI. Basically a high school romance that sorted itself into proper class lines in the end, the rich girl decided she didn’t want the rebel poor boy, she wanted a nice sane stable life instead.

      If I am following the timing correctly, when the movie starts he is only 21 and his first love has just married someone else and left him forever, while she is 16 and just starting to think about marriage thanks to her older cousin’s wedding (coincidentally, also his first love). So Julie weirdly brought them together, making him ready to move on by marrying someone else and getting our heroine to start thinking about marriage just in time to notice him.

      On Mon, Sep 7, 2020 at 1:20 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  4. So, scene where they are at the temple on the mountain top and it so gorgeous it makes me want to visit Kerala (September is the best time to visit by they way), she doesn’t seem to know anything about Hinduism. But wouldn’t a person who consumes media and movies always know about the majority religion of their country? I mean, she starts out following him by giving us a timeline based on Hrithik’s entrance into movies. I can’t imagine she could actually stay in a Christian bubble.

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    • I think he’s not explaining Hindu rituals exactly so much as a very local almost earth based tradition. A hidden ancient stone temple on a mountain top might be something only a few people still know about, maybe just his family father to son.

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  5. So, she was going to give him a locket? But didn’t when he told her to finish her studies and instead dropped it. Is a locket a typical gift of love in Kerala, or was it more the gift of something that humans do throughout the world?

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  6. Okay, so about the ending… She is praying in church when her cousin asks her to help him elope with Giri’s fiance, so she gets Giri involved KNOWING it is his fiance and believing after he sees the woman he is supposed to marry run off with someone he will propose to her? AND I’m still not really sure why her cousin even needs Giri’s help. But Giri didn’t propose that night, he proposed the next day? Also, though the war combat scene was enjoyable, I’m still curious what her cousin actually did to Giri as he hadn’t stolen his fiance yet. And THEY NEVER KISSED! That mountaintop scene was so begging for it but it didn’t happen. Loved the film. And I understood the class differences better the second time so Giri seemed more sympathetic rather than just some guy who didn’t like her. However, the chemistry with the friend was better. Nazriya is simply amazing. Was the movie written for her?

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    • Big picture, I think they realized they needed one final complication and resolution, so the whole last minute “Giri is engaged to someone else” complication wasn’t as thought through as the rest of it.

      But I think what we are meant to understand is that our heroine was smart enough to know, in his quiet way, that Giri really did care for her. And she knew for a fact that it was an arranged engagement his mother decided on without his input. So her sadness wasn’t a “he doesn’t love me” sadness but more of a “I am honorable, he is honorable, neither of us is going to break up this engagement and ruin the life of this perfectly nice lower caste/class girl because of our still unspoken connection”. Once her cousin showed up, it meant she could break up the engagement without guilt because she learned Srilakshmi didn’t want to be married either.

      Elopements like this really are dangerous and complicated, it’s legitimate to need an extra man as back-up. I think Giri was there because he had to help with the planning, and have a second car in case they needed to confuse followers, and generally fight people off to cover their escape if needed. As it was, he was still useful because he drove Nazriya home after she brought the girl out and put her in the car with the cousin.

      I agree about the war combat scene! Again, I think the director couldn’t quite think of anything and so just put in a random scene. I am assuming it was something about Julie and the cousin not helping enough to keep him and Julie together, but really it could be anything and we will never know for sure.

      I don’t think it was written for Nazriya, the director/writer has more connections with Nivin (the Giri actor) than with her. This was his first movie, but he had assisted on two Nivin movies before this. Nivin and Nazriya had co-stared in another movie the year before, not a very interesting film where their relationship wasn’t the main point. She is just a delight in the film though and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role. If you haven’t yet, you should check out Bangalore Days and Koode, also Nazriya movies, also really good. Slightly less totally happy than this film, but both with happy endings.

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        • Koode is sad. Happy ending, but earned because people went through sad stuff. But it’s also beautiful and wonderful and full of love and I want everyone to watch it!

          On Mon, Sep 7, 2020 at 5:13 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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