“ Genre: Bollywood / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Farah Khan / Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shreyas Talpade, Arjun Rampal, Kirron Kher ... / DVD released 2008-02-18 at Eros International / Features of the DVD: Box set, NTSC „
Om Shanti Om is a film that I can describe as being somewhat different from other Bollywood movies. Blending romance, with comedy, suspense and just a splash of horror, there are a couple of shortcomings concerning the plot but it is overall yet another movie that I highly enjoyed. Shah Rukh Khan was dazzling as usual, and I would say that this movie only enhanced his outstanding talent as an actor, especially considering the dual roles he had to play in Om Shanti Om.
1970. Om Prakash is an aspiring actor who has a hopeless crush and obsession with the beautiful actress Shanti Priya. When he becomes a junior artist and meets her on set, a strong friendship rapidly develops between the two of them. Om's feelings for Shanti continue to grow until the day he overhears a conversation between Shanti and the successful director Mukesh Mehra. He learns that Shanti and Mukesh are secretly married. One fateful night, he is witness to Shanti's gruesome murder by none other than her husband and dies after his failed attempt to fail her.
Thirty years later, successful and arrogant Bollywood stars O.K starts having disturbing flashbacks as he visits a ruined movie set. Gradually, he starts to realize that this was the set where Shanti had been murdered years ago...and that he was actually Om in his past life. He decides to make full use of his re-incarnated knowledge as he sets out to take revenge over Mukesh...
A lot of Bollywood movies have explored the theme of reincarnation in the past and I have to say that they did it with greater success than Om Shanti Om. Reincarnation in that film was extremely fake and far from realistic. I agree that every movie should have its does of artificiality but this one didn't mesh well with me. I just couldn't digest the fact that he was reincarnated as his past identical self and that the flashbacks suddenly turned O.K into the Om Prakash that he used to be in a previous life. Most of all, I just can't digest how O.K was lucky enough to stumble over a perfect replica of the deceased Shanti in his present life. These two "coincidences" were really too much for me. While the film is quite a well-made one, and depicted the two horrific coincidences with better flair than over movies would have, I would say that the dose of artificiality lay quite high.
However, as mentioned above, the blend of themes and styles in the film highly impressed me. The first part of the film is supposed to be set in the past- in O.K's previous life- and it was really interesting to watch how Bollywood used to be in the old days. The costumes and dances were extremely different and quite nice in fact.
In addition, Shah Rukh Khan was nothing short of mind-blowing. He delivered his dual roles perfectly. Deepika Padukone (Shanti) also had dual roles to play but she did it without Shah Rukh's flair. However, considering that this was her big debut in Indian Cinema, I would say that her acting was quite good for a beginner. There was quite some lack of on-screen chemistry between them but both of them are talented enough actors to pull the romantic/intense scenes off.
The songs are really great and catchy, but there is one particular song that was quite impressive. "Om Shanti Om" (the title song) stars nearly ever actor in Bollywood Cinema, from old and young alike. I think that the appearances of so many actors in a single song- especially since they appeared as themselves- was quite a fun addition to the film as a whole. It most certainly helped into breaking through the tension and suspense of the movie.
Main cast list includes:
* Shah Rukh Khan
* Deepika Padukone
* Arjun Rampal
* Shreyas Talpade
* Kirron Kher
There were unfortunately no extras on my copy.
Overall, if you don't mind subtitles, this is a highly recommended movie. Had it not been for the artificiality bit that didn't mesh well for me, I would certainly have rated it five stars.
Thanks for reading!
Film only review
Om Prakash Makhija is a bit part actor, aspiring to hit the big-time. He falls in love with the star of the day, the beautiful Shanti, and manages to get close to her by rescuing her from a fire. Then he discovers that Shanti is already secretly married and pregnant, to the well-known Bollywood producer, Mukesh Mehra. Unfortunately, Mukesh isn't happy about his wife's pregnancy, because it means his marriage will be discovered and he won't be able to milk another woman for her money. He tries to murder Shanti, unaware of the fact that Om is watching. Om tries to rescue Shanti, but both of them die.
Fast forward 30 years and the reincarnation of Om as Om Kapoor means that he is now a famous actor who can't remember anything about his past life. Then he begins to get flashbacks and works out what went on. When he has the chance to work with Mukesh on a film, he jumps at it, desperate for revenge. Will he be successful? And has Shanti also been reincarnated?
A note before I begin the review - this is the first Bollywood film that I have seen, so this review is very much from a novice's point of view. If you're hoping for comparisons to other Bollywood films, you might want to look elsewhere.
Shahrukh Khan plays Om in both guises and was highly enjoyable to watch. I wasn't expecting his role to be a serious one and it is far from being so. In fact, much of the time, he is hilarious. I think I preferred him as Om Prakash, simply because he was a lot more humble and was always making himself look stupid. As Om Kapoor, he is much more confident and sure of himself and it wasn't immediately as easy to accept him and want him to win through. Khan obviously knows how to laugh at himself and I liked that - although he did take a few opportunities to strip off and show us all what a lovely body he has! Obviously, I've no idea how this role compares to others he has taken on, but from what I've seen here, I would be happy to see him again.
Deepika Padukone plays Shanti and then returns in the 'thirty years later' section as another character. This is apparently her first film role. It is hard to judge her acting skills, mainly because much of her role involves looking beautiful and feminine - although she certainly does that very well. However, there is the odd flash of talent, when she is arguing with her husband and then towards the end of the film when she has a rather emotive performance. I certainly enjoyed her performance, although she clearly comes second in the billing to Shahrukh Khan.
Other notable performances include Kiron Kher as Om's mother and Arjun Rampal as Mukesh Mehra. The former was truly hilarious, especially in the 'thirty years later' section, when she is obviously much older and more than a little bit bats. Arjun Rampal's role is probably the most under-stated of the main characters, but he did a good job nevertheless. Unfortunately, his 'thirty years later' make-up wasn't terribly convincing. There are apparently any number of other famous Bollywood actors in the film - obviously I didn't recognise them, but anyone who is more au fait with Bollywood films should have a great deal of fun with people-spotting.
When I realised that the film was 162 minutes in length, I expected to be bored rigid by about half way through. A film should be no longer than two hours as far as I am concerned. I was amazed to find that I found this film more compelling the longer I watched it. The story is really quite simple and more than a little bit silly, but it is sweet and intriguing and funny - and the almost supernatural twist means that it isn't immediately obvious which way the film is going to go - at least not to me. The humour is a mixture of tongue-in-cheek and laugh out loud, although I'm sure I missed many cultural references. I particularly enjoyed Shahrukh Khan's silliness - there is one scene in the second part of the film where he catches bullets and then fires a gun, not by using his hands, but apparently his belly button! It has to be seen to be appreciated!
One thing that has always put me off Bollywood films is the singing and dancing. I'm not a big fan of musicals in English, and the fact that the singing would be in Hindi in this case, didn't encourage me much. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole extravaganza. Some of the singing is in English in any case, but it really didn't matter, the songs are catchy. And the dancing was amazing. I loved the way they moved - there's something about the arm movements that are incredibly graceful. All this was set off by the magnificent costumes, which must have cost a fortune - the women in particular are dressed in all colours of the rainbow. Most of the spoken language is in Hindi (with a little bit in English) and subtitled, but I found the subtitles very easy to follow - and in any case, action rather than the spoken word is the key here.
Everything about the film is cheesy, and whereas I think it is hard for a musical not be cheesy, this one was particularly so. The plot is also ludicrous. However, this is deliberate, it isn't supposed to be taken seriously, and in fact, it is this whole element that kept me watching past my two hour limit. This meant that I over-looked some of the special effects, which might otherwise have looked stupid. I imagine the film must have cost a fortune to make, with big sets, expensive costumes and the number of well-known actors, but ultimately, I think it was worth it.
It has been a while since I've seen a film as entertaining as this one. Perhaps it is because I am new to Bollywood films, but I found it original, highly colourful and very very funny. As an introduction to Bollywood films, I think it was an excellent choice. If you've been put off watching such films because you're concerned about the language/singing/dancing/cultural differences, don't be - you might just enjoy this film as much as I did. Highly recommended.
The DVD is available from play.com for £10.99 (two disc version). Rent it if you think the price is too high.
Running time: 162 minutes
Farah Khan's over the top romantic drama might be entertaining for many,but not for me! To me, Farah khan is the ultimate commercial director, who knows what audiences like to see in a film. Her films follow the most cheesy formulas and who better than Shahrukh khan to draw the audiences into the theater.
The film is about Om who is an extra in the film industry who admires film actress Shanti, and is killed in an incident.Years later, he is reborn and somehow gets into the mix of things and rediscovers the mystery behind the murder.Sounds stupid/weird? Let me tell you it is!!
The story is a complete let down and nothing else can save the film from going down.Farah khan is a popcorn director, hardly making her presence felt(other than the songs ofcourse!she is obviously brilliant in terms of choreography). The cast does a fine job in overacting their parts. It is only Arjun Rampal who puts in a stellar performance here.
This is a larger than life typical bollywood film with song and dance, embellished with melodrama at its peak!
Watch it if you have nothing better to do,or for having a big laugh at the sheer stupidity of such a film!
Producer : Gauri Khan
Director : Farah Khan
Actors : Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shreyas Talpade, Malaika Arora, Javed Sheikh, Arjun Rampal, Shahwar Ali, Uvika Chaudhary, Kirron Kher, Bindu, Mushtaq Sheikh, Satish Shah
Singers :K K, Sukhwinder Singh, Marianne D'Cruz, Nisha Mascarenhas, Caralisa, Shaan, Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghosal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rahul Saxena, Sonu Nigam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Richa Sharma, Abhijeet
Lyricist :Vishal Dadlani, Javed Akhtar, Kumaar
Music Director : Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
The successful team of superstar Shahrukh Khan and director Farah Khan returns with their ambitious project 'Om Shanti Om' in the end of 2007. The movie also introduces the newcomer (Now the Hot-shot) Deepika Padukone opposite SRK.
The movie is a story of a junior artist (shahrukh) of 1970's. The junior artist "Om" who dream to be a superstar himself and is also in love with the existing superstar of that time Shantipriya (Deepika). The two die in a mishap And then later again born in todays world trying to recover his death mistery. The first half is about 1970 and the chemistry of Om n shanty. There is lot that happens between the two in the first half.. Om does everything to woo shantipriya, from jumping in fire to save her life to doing Rajnikant and fighting a stuffed tiger. It is better described if you watch the movie... coz its all very corny n peppy yet carried in a very convincing and adorable manner.
The second half gets us to the todays era were Om is re-born as Om Kappoor son of the superstar of those times (1970s) Also there is Sandy (clone of Shanti priya - not the real one)... In the second half Om gets all his aspiration fulfilled that he used to dream of in his earlier birth, he has everything from an impressive name "kapoor" to the "filmfare" (where he re - delivers his famous dialogue - "Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost" ) then He start remembering his past life and his love.... In the climax, He solves the mysterious death of his & Shantipriya in front of the world and gets the culprit behind the bars.
Overall Om Shanti Om has all the bollywood masala in it, ofcourse mixed in the right proportin. It's a true -blue bollywood movie & a hearty tribute to the cinema of 1970s. A true entertainer, A movie which you would want to watch in a festive mood with your family.
Caution:- Keep your logics aside while watching this movie... It's a complete Non-sense movie with all the possible humor mixed in... so don't get in to ifs and buts while watching Om Shanti Om. Still on the positive side Farah (Director) has put every thing in nice sequence so it will keep u glued to your seats for the time. It offers a lot of humor if no questions asked.
It's a Total Value for Money
Happy Watching!! =)
This movie was a blockbuster hit last year though it was not critically acclaimed.The movie is directed by Farah Khan and Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone are playing the main leads in the movie.Deepika Padukone is making her debut with this film.The movie is based on reincarnation of Om (ShahRukh Khan).The first part of the story is based on the 70's,Om is a junior artist and wants to be a big actor one day and is mesmerized by the beauty of one of the leading actresses of that time Shant Priya (Deepika Padukone),Deepika Padukone is already married but her husband (Arjun Rampal) does not want the rest of the world to know about it as it will harm him financially and for his personal reasons ends up killing Shanti Priya and in full pursuit to save her Om dies with her as well.Now the second part of the story goes into today's period where Om is a big actor,one day he meets her mother and brother accidently and they tell him who he was in his previous life and what happened to him,he decides to take his revenge and teach Mikey (Arjun Rampal) a lesson,he is the person who killed Shanti Priya and is still alive and old now.The music of the movie is great and "Darde Disco" was a chartbuster,it is an entertaining movie and you will surely like it.
Om Shanti Om is an entertaining film that has the theme of reincarnation. There is some comedy, good dance and song sequences and plenty of drama.
The hero and producer, Shah Rukh Khan surpasses himself in a role with multiple shades.
The first half of the film shows SRK as a junior upcoming artist who is besotted by an established actress, Shantipriya (Deepika Padukone). But she does not reciprocate the sentiments. SRK soon learns that she is secretly married to a top producer, Mukesh (Arjun Rampal) and they are constantly arguing about making the marriage public.
Fed up, Mukesh slyly lures her onto the sets of their forthcoming film 'Om Shanti Om' and kills her in a cold-blooded manner. Om (SRK) witnesses it but is helpless and dies in an accident.
The second half shows him reborn as Om, this time as a renowned star who suffers from pyrophobia (fear of fire, because of his previous life).
With the help of his friend and fan, Sandy (a lookalike of Shanti), he hatches a plot to kill Mukesh and take revenge, who is still reigning as a Hollywood producer for 3 decades.
He petrifies Mukesh using Sandy, even as she pretends to be Shanti's ghost. Whether or not he succeeds, the climax with a bizarre twist takes your breath away and sends shudders down your spine.
It is an out and out entertainment film and this hit film walked away with every thinkable award starting from Best Actor, Actress to Costumes, Special Effects, Choreography including the Stardust Dream Director Award, which Farah Khan rightly deserved.
The acting talents of the stars, the special visual effects and the ingenious direction of Farah transport you to another world during the 2 ½-hour duration of the film.
To put it in a nutshell, it is a film which one should not miss watching, for the sheer entertainment value.
Om Shanti Om is a Hindi language (Bollywood) film which was released in November 2007 surrounded by huge publicity. The film stars Shahrukh Khan as Om and Deepika Padukone (in her debut role) as Shanti/Sandi, with Arjun Rampal as Mukesh/Mike. Supporting cast include Kiron Kher, Shreyas Talpade, Bindu, Satish Shah, Javed Sheikh and Yuvika Chaudhry. The film was directed and written by Farah Khan who also had a lot on input into the screenplay as well as being the film's choreographer and it was directed by Shahrukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan. The film has a 12 certification and runs for about 160 minutes.
In 1970s Bombay, Om, a small time actor, dreams of being a big Bollywood star and is infatuated with Shanti who is the biggest leading lady in the industry of the time. He manages to get close to her as due to an accident on set he ends up saving her from a fire. They become friends, he hopes to be more until he overhears her having a heated discussion with Mukesh, the director of her latest film (named Om Shanti Om) and discovers a horrid truth. He is devastated but not as much so when shortly afterwards he sees Mukesh trying to burn Shanti alive as she is pregnant and he can't afford for his shining star to let the rest of the industry know she's married let alone pregnant. Om tries to save her and tragedy strikes.
30 years later and we're in the present day Bollywood. Om has been reincarnated and is a huge Bollywood star who is rather spoilt and arrogant, always arriving late on set and refusing to do retakes when his scenes go wrong (which is often). He has a phobia of fire which he doesn't understands and then one day he starts having flashbacks of his past life and starts to obsess about having to put things right. He needs to find a new Shanti so he can take revenge on Mukesh who 3 decades on has just returned from working in Hollywood and calls himself "Mike"! Will Om find his Shanti and get shanti (peace)? Will "Mike" get his just desserts?
Firstly I have to tell you that I haven't enjoyed a Bollywood film this much in a long time. There - I've now told you that I think this is a fabulous film, I could stop here but oh I have so much to say about Om Shanti Om and you have to hear me out! Are you sitting comfortably?
I was in India on holiday about a week after this film was released and I heard the title song "Om Shanti Om" being played pretty much everywhere I went and posters up of the film everywhere and people talking about the film on the streets, in shops, in bars even, just about wherever I went. I found myself humming the tune and thinking it might be a religious film due to Om Shanti Om generally being a Hindu chant.
I was up in the mountains of Sikkim in a monastery when I heard small Buddhist lamas singing "Om Shanti Om" as they ran softly across the grounds of the monastery and I was intrigued. I asked our driver to find out how these little lamas aged between 5 and 10 knew the song, so he asked an adult monk who said most of them had been to the cinema to see the film and were crazy about the songs as it was such a wonderful uplifting film. I found this very enchanting to hear from Buddhist monks and decided I had to see this film as soon as I could.
All I could gather from the publicity and what others who'd seen the film had told me was that it was about a regular guy who dreams of being a big star and comes back in his next life as one with the love of his life in a reversed role. Reincarnation is involved but not in a big way. It's not preachy in the least but it really is a fun film to watch. Shahrukh is Bollywood's superman at the moment, whatever he does seems to do well and this film is no exception. I found him as charming as ever in the film both in his 70s character as the smitten wannabe actor and in his modern day megastar role too.
This was Deepika Padukone's first film and I guess she'll do well in future films as her role in this film will surely put her on the map. I think she was about 19 in real life when this was filmed, although I'm not sure how old her character is supposed to be, mid 20s possible... She's portrayed mostly as a dreamy character during the first half of the film so not a lot of acting is expected of her, just cute smiles and dimples, that sort of thing... In the latter part of the film, she plays an inexperienced actress so it was art imitating real life as they say. I guess it wasn't necessary to have a big name for the leading lady as the film is a Shahrukh Khan vehicle all the way!
Arjun Rampal as the evil director Mukesh was fun to watch. He doesn't often play the bad guy as he's definitely leading man material and I do have a soft spot for him as he is so very gorgeous but he pulled off the bad guy role with relish. He camped it up a bit where necessary and played the evil schemer with ease. I've heard he's being nominated for Best Villain for his role, good luck to him. Personally speaking, I think he's far too cute to be too believable as the villain...
Shreyas Talpade was a pretty good supporting actor as Om's best friend in the 70s and the aged pal in the present day. All good Bollywood films have a best buddy character for the leading man and of course, being a bit of a spoof film, how could they not have a best buddy for the main man?
Kiron Kher played Om's mother - she's a good actress and this is the first time I've seen her doing a fairly comedic role - at the start of the film she plays Om's mother who was at one time a wannabe actress too! The first scene you see her in she seems to be really over-acting about being worried about Om until you realise she is over-acting when Om scolds her for over-acting! Confused? You should be!
The film seems to have fun poking fun at itself; Bollywood stars and their penchant for so many things like being married to other celebrities in secret but not letting the world know in case it affects their popularity, about how stars behave in front of the cameras and behind them, about how stars behave off camera at awards ceremonies. There was literally a plethora of big names appearing in the film as themselves and it was brilliant to try to recognise as many as I could for the few moments they appeared on screen during an awards ceremony and during a film launch such as Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Preity Zinta, Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol, Jeetendra, Karishma Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Govinda, Shabana Azmi, Kajol, Rekha, Tabu, Rani Mukherjee, Amisha Patel, Zayed Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Sunil Shetty, Kareena Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty. I was quite curious about the people who didn't appear as guest stars in the film such as Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Ajay Devgan and John Abraham, but it seems they mostly had filming commitments elsewhere at the time of this being filmed! If Arjun Rampal wasn't already in the film as the villain of the piece, I would have wondered where he was too! It was brilliant that so many big names were spoofed in the film and nice to see a Bollywood director at last being able to poke fun at stars and actually have many of those stars in the film themselves as cameos!
The story is very pleasant and entertaining; I can honestly say there were no scenes which could have been cut out to make the film better. The comedy scenes were provided by the main stars and for once, not that idiotic Johnny Lever and the scenes were genuinely funny. For example, when Om is filming a scene where he flies through the air to meet the bad guy, you see several crew members pushing him on a trolley in a superman pose - this scene had me roaring with laughter. The scenes in the 70s where Om gatecrashes a film premiere pretending to be a big star with his hand over his face and when asked for proof of identity he shows some ID with the hand over the face (this was the trademark of one of Bollywood's actual stars of the 70s). Also the flares and the bright coloured outfits and long collared shirts and oh so much bling - all so fantastic overall to watch and chuckle at!
Om Shanti Om was filmed pretty much inside the various Bollywood studios in Bombay (or Mumbai as it's now known as). Being a film about film stars, there really was no need for external filming locations and it was fun to see the various sets used during the film, some of them over the top and extravagant and some a bit rundown. This is the first time a film like this has been attempted as far as I know and I'm sure it's going to be talked about by Bollywood fans for a long time to come.
Again for the first time in ages the film has an excellent soundtrack with all the songs worth listening to over and over (I think for me the last time I could say this was with Veer Zaara). The music is by Vishal-Shekhar and the songs range from soulful melodies such as "Aankhon Mein Teri" (meaning "In Your Eyes"), the fast paced "Dard-e-Disco" a peppy dance track for which Shahrukh Khan worked out for 3 months to get his abs looking perfect, then there's "Main Agar Kahoon" a soft lullaby by Sonu Nigam and not forgetting the unforgettable toe-tapping beats of Deewangi Deewangi in which no less than 30 big Bollywood names appear! Not surprising then that the composer won the Asian Film Awards 2008 in Hong Kong.
If you want to buy a DVD of the film you can get it from Play.com for £9.99 or from Amazon for £12.98 or you could try renting it from your usual DVD rental source.
I would definitely recommend Om Shanti Om and I would definitely watch it again myself. I would give the film a strong 9.5 out of 10, I'm not even sure why I won't give it a 10 out of 10 - maybe you could watch it yourself and see how you'd rate it?
Om Shanti Om another bollywood movie in 2007 which was a big hit. This movie is based on the concept of Reincarnation.
Sharukh Khan-SRK, Deepika Padukone(1st Movie), Arjun Rampal, Shreyas Talpade, Kiron Kher.
This movie is produced by SRK himself & directed by Farah Khan of Main Hoo Naa Fame.
If you looking for a genuine story then sorry to say there is no story, but this is an out & out bollywood Masala film. It is based on Reincarnation. in this movie SRK plays the character of junior artist from 1970's who like everyone dreams of becoming a big hero in Bollywood but never gets break for a lead role. He is a big fan of the top actress Shanti(Deepika Padukone) and loves her very much.
Shreyas Talpade is om's friend 7 also a junior artist, he knows everything about Om & always support him & encouraging him that he will mwke it big one day. Kiron Kher plays SRK's mom and also a junior artist.
Om becomes friends with Shanti, and share good moments together in which he feels that shanti also Loves him. But there is a different destiny for both of them, as OM dies in a mishap.
And he is Reincarted 30 years later & to be Famous Bollywood Star by the Name of OM Kapoor. After which he tries to find out what happened to him 30years before, how he died..
The rest is for you to watch and find out what happened? Is he able to find out how he died? What Happened to Shanti?...all these answers can be find out by wacthing the movie.
The music of this movie is really good, given by the duo of Vishal - Shekhar, it has some good numbers. Dard e Disco song wasa a instant hit and everyone was waiting to watch the video because of SRK 6packs, Deewangi song picturization has all the majot Celebrities from Bollywood dancing in it. The overall soundtrack of this movie is good.
I loved this movie, coz i was not expecting a great story from Farah Khan after watching her Mai Hoon Naa which was a good movie. This movie is a perfect Masala film which just entertaines you, you wont even think of the story when movie ends coz by this time you are so much entertained that you give that things a skip. USP of this movie again SRK, and the entertaiment it gives. SRk has again done a good Job, Deepika Padukone is really very good being a new comer, Arjun Rampal is good with his negative role, Shreyas has done a good supporting role. farah Khan has again shown that what she says she lives upto it, she said that i want you to be entertained after watching my movie and thats what she has done.
You Can get this Movie DVD at amazaon.co.uk for a price of £13.
and its available with English, german, and many more subtitles.
In the en d all you bollywood lovers this movie will entertain you.