|Oh My Friend|
|Directed by||Venu Sri Ram|
|Written by||Venu Sri Ram|
|Produced by||Dil Raju|
|Cinematography||Vijay C Chakravarthy|
|Edited by||Marthand K. Venkatesh|
|Music by||Original songs:|
|Distributed by||Geetha Arts|
Oh My Friend is a 2011 Telugu-language romantic drama film written and directed by newcomer Venu Sri Ram. It stars Siddharth, Shruti Haasan and Hansika, with Navdeep in an important extended cameo. It was produced by Dil Raju.
Chandu (Siddharth) and Siri (Shruti Haasan) are childhood friends, affectionately calling each other "Faltoos" and "Killer", respectively. Their friendship remains intact as they grow up. Chandu was sent to Mumbai to do an MBA, but learned music instead and returns to the agony of his father. Siri convinces Chandu's father that it is her responsibility to take care of Chandu's career. They go for an audition where they get into a fight with a band and he is sent out. Before that, Siri accepts a love proposal from Uday (Navdeep), who lives in the US, after consulting Chandu. Later, Chandu and Siri accidentally meet their mutual friend in college, Ritu Sharma (Hansika Motwani), and Chandu falls in love with her at first sight. Chandu starts spending time with Ritu to impress her, but Siri feels that she is being avoided. Siri decides to leave for a dancing school in Chennai. Meanwhile, Ritu accepts Chandu's love proposal. When Siri is about to leave, Chandu apologises to her that he had not noticed that she was being avoided. At the same time, Uday comes back from the US to surprise her. Hence, she decides not to leave.
Chandu decides to attend the Airtel music competition in Kochi as a lead guitarist in a band. Siri, Uday and Ritu accompany him there. They stay in a hotel, where Clarity Kanna Rao (Ali) is the servant. Chandu gets his practice through the band which he fought but they later become friends. Chandu wins the competition with a guitar given by Siri. However, the events in Kochi display a deep friendship between Chandu and Siri attracts the jealousy of both Ritu and Uday. Finally, Uday calls for a break up by asking to decide between him and Chandu. Chandu's father defends Uday's opinion and asks Chandu and Siri to realise their love. But, Chandu insists that their friendship cannot be turned into love and tells Uday to marry Siri, promising him that he will not be in touch, see her and talk to her ever. The movie ends with Siri giving birth to Uday's child, while Chandu and Ritu, now a married couple, come to see them at the hospital.
At the hospital, Uday realizes his mistake of separating them and asks Chandu and Siri to become friends again. They both reunite. The four friends leave with Siri and Uday's baby in Chandu's car.
- Siddharth as Chandrakiran / Chandu "Faltoos"
- Shruti Haasan as Siri Chandana "Killer"
- Hansika Motwani as Ritu Sharma
- Navdeep as Uday (in a cameo appearance)
- Tanikella Bharani as Chandu's father
- Lakshmi Ramakrishnan as Chandu's mother
- Vinaya Prasad as Siri's mother
- Ali as Clarity Kanna Rao
- Soubin Shahir as Gerrardian
Siddharth plays the lead role. The actress Shruti Haasan replaced Amrita Rao as the second heroine. Earlier, Samantha Ruth Prabhu was planned as the female lead but was later replaced by Rao because a Hindi dubbed version was probable. Hansika Motwani was brought in to play the main female lead. The film also had photo shoots with the actresses Amala Paul and Nithya Menen, with the latter suggesting that Siddharth wanted Shruti Haasan in the role.
For the first time in the Telugu film industry, Oh My Friend movie had online piracy protection called ORNB's MovieGuard.
Several photo sessions were held on 17 January 2011. Shooting commenced on 21 February 2011. The first audio teaser was released on 6 August.
|Oh My Friend|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||15 October 2011|
|Rahul Raj chronology|
All the music was composed, arranged and programmed by Rahul Raj, except "Sri Chaitanya" which was composed by Anil R.
The Telugu film portal 123telugu concluded by giving the verdict "The album of 'Oh my Friend' feels fresh and youthful. There are some terrific tracks in the album. Malayalam music director Rahul Raj makes an impressive Telugu debut with this movie."
The audio had record sales of 300,000 CDs within nine days of release. The Times of India called it "Rahul rage in Tollywood". The cast and crew hosted the "Triple Platinum Disc" celebrations on 5 November 2011, six days before the film's release.
|"Oh Oh Oh My Friend "||Karthik||4:17|
|"Nuvvu Nenu Jattu"||Benny Dayal||1:57|
|"Sri Chaitanya"||Siddharth, Shruti Haasan||4:30||Composed by guest composer Anil.|
|"Alochana Vasthene"||Ranjith, Sangeetha Prabhu, Sarah Straub||4:45|
|"Vegam Vegam"||Benny Dayal, Kavita Mohan, Jayaram Ranjith, Desmond. F (Rap)||3:05|
|"Maa Daddy Pockets"||Siddharth||4:06|
|"Natpukkillai Ellai "||Silambarasan Rajendar||1:57|
|"Uyirin Suvaril Naane"||Sooraj, Saindhavi||4:45|
|"Poove Neeyoru Vaathai"||Vijay Yesudas||4:35|
|"Siruvan Sirumiyai"||Aalap Raju, Ronaldinho, Rita||4:30||Composed by guest composer Anil.|
|"Yen Daddy Pockets"||Rahul Nambiar||4:06|
|"Oh! Oh! My Friend"||Aalap Raju||4:17|
|"Vegam Vegam Vegam"||Sooraj, Priya Himesh, Desmond. F (Rap)||3:05|
The Telugu version of the film was released on 11 November 2011 and a dubbed Tamil version of the film was released on 20 May 2012, under the title Sridhar.. The movie was released in Malayalam as Njanum Ente Sreeyum on 15 December 2017 and was premiered on Flowers TV. It Was Later Dubbed In Hindi As The Same Title Of This Name And It Was Distributed By Shemaroo Entertainment.
Oh My Friend received mixed reviews from critics and was well received by the audience. Oneindia was positive, predicting that it would do well at multiplexes. Radhika Rajamani from Rediff said it was a feel-good entertainer that is "honest, refreshing, and true to life".
Idlebrain said that the producer Dil Raju had made a brave attempt to make a film without any commercial padding. B V S Prakash of Deccan Chronicle rated the movie 2 out of 5, calling it "just another run-of-the-mill film". Y Sunita Chowdary for Cinegoer called it a pretty average film, but also said that one could watch it for the star cast. Deepa Garimella of Fullhyd praised the film's interplay of characters, and the visuals and the music, but found the ending "an ending a serious violation of audience expectations", besides calling the plot predictable. She rated it 5 out of 10. Oneindia said the narration was slow and subject clichéd, while praising the music and lead cast's performance as a saving grace.
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