WeCite Review: Om Shanti Om

Farah Khan’s previous venture, Main Hoon Na was quite a disappointment to begin with. Honestly, I expected a lot more from the likes of her and all the teasers for Om Shanti Om that I had been seeing for months actually made me hopeful that this time around it would be a better deal. And what did I get: a typical bollywood masala flick with no trace of logic. Nevertheless, I liked the movie. Yes, you heard me. I did like it despite an all out completely illogical grapevine of twists and turns that take place in the second half of the movie. Let’s take you through the story and then I’ll come to why I liked the movie

(WARNING: spoiler ahead)

Om (Shahrukh Khan) is a junior artist in bollywood’s 70s era who falls helplessly in love with a superstar of that time, Shanti (Deepika Padukone) only to find out that she is already married to the producer Mukesh Mehra (Arjun Rampal). Mukesh then eventually kills Shanti after finding out that she is pregnant since her pregnancy has the potential ruin his film project “Om Shanti Om”. Om tries to save her but in vain and both of them die; Shanti is said to be burned to death while Om dies in the hospital. Then 30 years pass by. A reincarnated Om Kapoor, the superstar (Shahrukh Khan again and now the son of Rakesh Kapoor played by our very own Javed Sheikh) visits that place (where Shanti had died) for shooting purpose and suddenly out of no where, he starts remembering everything that happened in his past life. All things cleared, his mission in life now is

a. to reunite with his past life mother (Kirron Kher)

b. find his old friend Pappu (Shreyas Talpade

c. find the girl who looks like Shanti and finally

d. punish Mukesh Mehra 

For the sake of typical Bollywood suspense, I’ll stop right here and request you to go rent, download, or see the movie yourself.

Okay, review time.

The first half is great. They portrayed the 70s era to perfection and everything was just perfect. The movie however falters badly in the second half where the direction is exactly opposite of first half. It’s as of two different directors made the movie! Was Farah Khan actually confused in what she was trying to portray? The second half kind of make you feel that most of the scenes were shot only for the songs. Take for instance the song Dard E Disco. Apart from the ridiculous fact that the song when translated in to English actually means ‘Sympathy for Disco’ or ‘Disco Pain’, they decided to waste 5 minutes just to start that song (see the movie for a pointless scene added just to have that song). Pointless, pointless song. Then the whole Filmfare Awards stint in second half was the same. Om Kapoor being awarded the Best Actor award for his stupendous acting. Again, it was created just to show the song Om Shanti Om (with 31 film stars mind you). Thankfully, unlike Dard-e-Disco, this song at least had meaning and substance.

That’s not the end as far as blunders are concerned. Apart from a seemingly bad portrayal of Om Kapoor in the second half, the character of Sandy was also poorly portrayed. What the hell was she was doing without any good dialogues? All she did was try out new clothes and that intense stare with those killing eyes. Chemistry between Om and Sandy? Zilch!

So why did I say I liked the movie? Because all the blunders pointed above are actually what make it good too for the masses. Simply put, it is entertaining. The common movie-fanatic is not interested in getting in to the depth of the story line. They want to see some skin, they want to see Shahrukh and yes, some even want to see how he looks after the three months of work out he said he did for the chest-baring/illogically worded song. They want to see those 31 stars I mentioned dancing to the tunes of Om Shanti Om. They don’t care why there were a lot of loopholes and the script or why Sandy has no genuine lines.

I liked the movie because it scores high on entertainment factor. Yes, the second half was dreadful but it made me laugh and it also made me tap my feet on a couple of songs. The Om Shanti Om song in the second half towards the grand climax seemed right out of Shah Sharabeel’s Phantom of the Opera play itself! I could relate to it in one way or the other and it matters!

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9 Responses to “WeCite Review: Om Shanti Om”

  1. 1 manoj
    November 28, 2007 at 11:16 am

    You mentioned ‘skin’. How much skin are we talking about? 😉

  2. 3 Wajahat
    November 28, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Deepika looks hawt! SRK should put his shirt back on. He is no Dino or Hritik.

  3. 4 priya
    November 28, 2007 at 11:25 am

    That movie was a total waste of time. FULLY FALTOO

  4. 5 Aurengzeb
    November 28, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Oh I didnt know it had javed sahab in it too!

  5. November 28, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    wow man, that 6 pack looks fakeeeeeeee!

  6. 7 Rehan
    November 28, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    I expected more from Farah. It seems she hasn’t really learned from her experience with ‘Mein hoon na’ which is disappointing actually. SRK needs to realize he is not a young man any more and he just can’t keep pulling it off. And for the love of God… keep your shirt on and buttoned! The leading lady was kept busy with flashy clothes and merged well with the magnificent and colorful sets. That was just about it unfortunately. Massala mix as usual.

  7. 8 Adeel
    December 24, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Om shanti om made a friggin 85 crores in 3 weeks and people in comments are asking Farah Khan to “learn” from her previous experience. Lol?!? I guess she learnt ALOT!

  8. February 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    om shanti om is bggest hit for ever and this film make history,in this film srk acting and hisnsix pack abs are wonderfuland dipika so charming and beautiful that i will kiss to her.

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