Film: Om Shanti Om
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shreyas Talpade, Arjun Rampal, Kiron Kher
Director: Farah Khan
The much talked about film of the year, be it Shahrukh’s sixpack abs, Deepika’s debut and Farah-Shahrukh combo is finally on the screens. No doubt, because of the brand Shahrukh the film will get a great opening. It’s a thorough entertainer, a film for the masses which follows Manmohan Desai’s style of film making. Watch the film provided you don’t ask questions, you don’t want to know the logic and reasoning behind things.
The first half of the film is set in the 70s. So there is picture of the classis 70s. The second half of the film is about reincarnation with strong resemblance to Subhash Ghai’s Karz
Om played by Shahrukh Khan is a junior artist in Bollywood and Shantipriya played by debutant Deepika Padukone is the biggest super star of Bollywood and Om ‘s dream girl. Shreyas Talpade aka Pappu is Om ‘s friend and Kiron Kher is Om ‘s film obsessed Mother. In one of the shootings, Shanti gets in the midst of fire and Om saves her life. This is how the story moves. She is very much touched by Om ‘s act and spends an evening with Om.
Later on, Om comes to know that she is already married to film producer Mukesh Mehra (Arjun Rampal) who dreams of making a film called Om Shanti Om. But Shanti desires to get the status of his wife which Mehra refuses to give in the pretext that no one is going to watch a film starring a married actress. When Mukesh Mehra sees his dream falling apart because of Shanti, he destroys the entire set including Shanti. But Om witnesses the crime and eventually he gets killed.
With beautiful music, comic situations, costumes and perspective of the 70s, the first half is a major entertainer. Shahrukh-Shreyas scenes are hilarious. When a person desires something with all his heart, the whole universe conspires to make his dream come true’ one of my favourite lines from the book Alchemist has been used like anything from beginning to end of the film.
The second half, the reincarnation of Om as Om Kapoor and his introducing scene is not pleasant at all. He prefers to call himself Ok but it’s actually not ok. He doest not suit the flamboyant and idiotic Om Kapoor. It’s quite natural and predictable that with six-packs abs Shahrukh will definitely take revenge from Mukesh Mehra who becomes a Hollywood film maker and prefers to call himself Mike.
A few things to look forward in the movie are Farah Khan’s evolution as a film maker. The scene where the set gets burned is very well executed. Deepika’s acting talents, she is a promising newcomer. Vishal-Shekhar’s music and the way Shahrukh manages to fit the frame with a much younger actress.