Om Shanti Om (2007)
Name: Om Shanti Om
Special Appearances By: Malaika Arora, Rishi Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Karan Johar, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Javed Sheik, Zayed Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Dino Morea, Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Kajol, Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty, Lara Dutta, Vidya Balan, Tabu, Dharmendra, Amrita Arora, Juhi Chawla, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Tusshar Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Karisma Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar, Sunil Shetty, Govinda, Bobby Deol, Shahwar Ali, Uvika Chaudry, Akshay Kumar, Bindu & Satish Shah
Director: Farah Khan
Did I watch this recently? Yes
Taken straight from the OSO website in an attempt not to spoil anything too much.
He (Om) was a junior artist in the 70’s. She (Shanti) was a superstar of the 70’s. He was her biggest fan. She was his biggest inspiration.
He was madly in love. She was ready to give up everything she had for love. He felt betrayed in life. She felt betrayed in love.
… And then … started the saga of ‘Om Shanti Om‘.
For some love stories one lifetime is not enough…
Om Shanti Om is a bollywood film on bollywood. Layered with many delicious insider jokes for the avid bollywood watcher, Om Shanti Om makes hilarious fun at itself and the bollywood industry. It’s everything i personally love about Bollywood – multiple plot twists, emotional substance, great music, colour, scenes that make you totally involved in the film. Whether thats to whistle at the screen, laugh out loud, get up and dance or cry your heart out. Om Shanti Om is an involving tribute to the Masala genre. For any newbies ‘Masala’ is generally used to describe a mixture of all types of genres together in a movie – action, romance, drama, tragedy comedy etc. Masala genre was generally prevalent throughout the 1970s bollywood movies.
What do i think about Deepika Padukone – model turned bollywood actress? As a fan of Aishwarya Rai its hard for me to admit this – but Aishwarya eat your heart out! Deepika Padukone does such a brillant job at the dramatic, comedic and normal scenes that she not only makes it look easy, but you would never guess it was her first acting job! Unfortunately she didn’t have much of a role in the second half but for the scenes she was on she showed her ability to do different genres of acting. Can’t wait to see more with her in it! I hope she only goes from strength to strength like the other debutants this Diwali. They all deserve to become stars.
Shahrukh had his bobbly head movements, tearing eyed acting – but i can think of no better actor to play this part. He really gets the comedy and charisma of his character. Plus when i saw him dance in ‘Dard-E-Disco’ topless, i didn’t even care the lyrics were nonsensical and badly translated – ‘pain of disco’. Although the firefighter outfit all oiled up I found he more like an oiled up chicken then hotty. Watching Om Shanti Om I remember why I used to love Shahrukh when i see him in such fun movies like this – when he doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a comedic element to his character (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Chalte Chalte, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai etc). Another favourite of the film was Kirron Kher – playing the over the top mother role with the realistic normal mother moments i can’t think of any other Older Bollywood Actress who could pull off both. She has great comic timing!
There have been a lot of comparisons between Saawariya & Om Shanti Om but i think its unfair to compare the two. Om Shanti Om will definetly be the commercial favourite because it caters to the wants of the masses. It makes people feel good and they enjoy their movie experience. Saawariya is not generally a movie for the masses due to its slow pace, elite technicalities and due to the type of story it is. Its not all wam, bam action and comedy – its more thinking then feeling from my own experience with both. I could be wrong – i have a hard time putting into words the issues with Saawariya.
Three main cautions for anyone about to see this film – chances are you won’t get all the jokes (because most of them are ‘insider’ jokes about the industry). If your an outsider/newbie to Bollywood the thing to remember is they are making fun of Bollywood so when you see over the top acting and silly scenes just remember that its on purpose. So sit back and just laugh at it. You won’t get the joke on all levels but you can probably get the generally gyst. If you do happen to pick up on what they mean with certain jokes and lines then you will be laughing your head off like I was in bits.
Second flaw that potentially could ruin people’s experiences of the film is that the plot makes absolutely no sense and lacks logic. There will be scenes when your head will say ‘what the hell! how can that happen’ or ‘I so don’t get how that even works’. But if you can suspend your belief and brain for 2.5 hours and just accept that this is a very unrealistic movie than it won’t bother you so much i’m sure. Especially if you have seen alot of 1970s films from Bollywood a lot of the plot twists or storylines will not be new to you.
Third is that the second half drags and is not nearly as fun as first half. There are scenes that i enjoyed in second half but it does lose its momentum.
Ok so my favourite scenes (without being too spoilery) – when 70s Shahrukh is fighting and doing the actions scenes for his movie involving the fight with the tiger and bad fight Choreography. I was killing myself laughing. Second favourite scene was the Filmfare Award scene, in particular Abhishek in Dhoom 5 clip. Third favourite scene was watching ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ song with all my favourite actors coming on (old and new) with people from my cinema whistling and cheering at their favourite actors.
Overall Score: 4.5/5 – My brain is telling me to give it 4/5 because it was such a silly entertainment movie it doesn’t deserve to get near 5 stars, but my heart is telling me I had such a fun time going to see it that it deserves to get 4.5 for being the most enjoyable film all year. Without a doubt has severe flaws, but if you don’t let them bug you and if you can realise they are always making fun of themselves you should have a positive viewing experience. Also if you a relative newbie to bollywood, might have to wait a while before you can understand the large referential comedy of Om Shanti Om.
Don’t get all the references to Bollywood? See an attached post for some of the found insider jokes, their explanations and order of appearances of Bollywood stars for Deewangi Deewangi song.
Entry filed under: 5 Star Movies, Movie Reviews. Tags: Abhishek Bachchan, Aftab Shivdasani, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Amrita Arora, Arbaaz Khan, Arjun Rampal, Bindu, Bobby Deol, Deepika Padukone, Dharmendra, Dino Morea, Govinda, Hrithik Roshan, Javed Sheik, Jeetendra, Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Karan Johar, Karisma Kapoor, Kirron Kher, Lara Dutta, Malaika Arora, Mithun Chakraborty, Om Shanti Om, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukerji, Rekha, Rishi Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh, Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Satish Shah, Shabana Azmi, Shahrukh Khan, Shahwar Ali, Shilpa Shetty, Shreyas Talpade, Subhash Ghai, Sunil Shetty, Tabu, Tusshar Kapoor, Urmila Matondkar, Uvika Chaudry, Vidya Balan, Zayed Khan.