Om Shanti Om is a Manmohan
Desai type of a masala film of the 1970s. It has the
premise of reincarnation as was in Subhash Ghai's "Karz".
Okay, it is a joyous film which has its silly giggling
and overacting in parts, especially the typical mother (Kirron
Kher) of a struggler son, who lives, thinks that one day
her son would definitely become a super star of
Bollywood, since her husband could not fulfill his
dream. A typical filmy mother. Its here and a few other
scenes where the film appears unrealistic.
Now this superstar Om wants to make a film on the
incidences of his past life, begins hunt for a heroine who
resembles Shanti, and Deepika Padukone re-emerges as Sandy
the girl from Goa.
with funny scenes like a song sequence in the first-half
which has Shah Rukh and his object of adoration Deepika
riding a stationary car in a studio with back-projection
simulating movement. In the second-half the same device
is used without any spoof when the second Shah Rukh, a
spoilt bratty specimen of vivacious vanity, rides in the
wilderness on the arch-villain Arjun Rampal's limousine.
Directed by - Farah Khan, Mushtaq Sheikh
Screenplay - Farah Khan
Story - Farah Khan
Dialogue - Mayur Puri
Shahrukh Khan - Om Prakash Makhija / Om Kapoor (as Shah
Arjun Rampal - Mukesh Mehra aka Mike
Kiron Kher - Bela Makhija (as Kirron Kher)
Shreyas Talpade - Pappu Master
Deepika Padukone - Shanti Priya / Sandhya aka Sandi
Bindu - Kamini
Javed Sheikh - Rajesh Kapoor (as Jawed Sheikh)
Satish Shah - Partho Roy
Nitish Pandey - Anwar
Yuvika Chaudhry - Dolly
Shawar Ali - Shawar
Asawari Joshi - Mrs. Kapoor (as Asavari Joshi)
Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Kiron Kher,
Directed by - Farah Khan
Producers: Gauri Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Sanjiv Chawla
Debutante Deepika Padukone is the hasina in this
case. Shanti has a pretty face, charming smile and an
old-world charm… She is the reigning superstar of 70s.
Shah Rukh Khan is the deewana, he is in love with
her. Om, who is a struggling actor - a junior artist and
her biggest fan. He dies in a mishap while watching Shanti
in danger on an opulent film set which is on fire.
This film has some wonderful moments of satire in the plot
especially the scene, in which junior artistes (Shah Rukh
and Farah Khan) cheer Rishi Kapoor as he jives on stage to
the "Om Shanti Om" track in Subhash Ghai's "Karz". An
excellent piece of homage to a way of cinema that's
Om is reborn in a filmy family
and now he is a super star. He hears voices, gets flashes
of some particular incidents in his past life. At the
incident while receiving the Filmfare Award he hears
voices which make him realize that his life was cut short.
He gets visions of his friendship, the fire and witnesses
the treachery towards Shanti in his past life for whom he
had hidden love. She eventually vanishes one day and the
media has almost forgotten about the matter.
Typical of the 70s where these strugglers Shah Rukh Khan
and Shreyas Talpage hang out casually around the film
studios, it is Shah Rukh Khan who shoulders this hit film
with his comic gestures, his take off on a South Indian
matinee idol, is magnificent throughout. Deepika Padukone
has the looks, personality and talent and above all the
freshness to reach the top in our bolly town.
Shreyas Talpade, as the best friend of Om is top-notch.
Surprisingly, Kirron Kher, playing Om's mother is just a
stock character. Javed Sheikh plays the 1970s romantic
star Rajesh Kapoor, and Arjun Rampal is the most
impressive. The much hyped 31-celebrity song and dance has
among others, Tabu who looks the most incredible, Shilpa
Shetty is cool and ultra slim, Sushmita Sen is sensuous
and Jeetendra and Dharmendra too in it.
Rest of cast in special
Amrita Arora, Malaika Arora, Shabana Azmi, Abhishek
Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Bipasha Basu,
Mithun Chakraborty, Juhi Chawla, Priyanka Chopra, Vishal
Dadlani, Bobby Deol, Ritesh Deshmukh, Dharmendra, Lara
Dutta, Sanjay Dutt, Subhash Ghai, Govinda, Jeetendra,
Karan Johar, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor,
Tusshar Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Farah Khan, Saif Ali Khan,
Salman Khan, Zayed Khan, Akshay Kumar, Bappi Lahiri,
Urmila Matondkar, Diya Mirza, Dino Morea, Rani Mukherjee,
Amisha Patel, Rekha, Hrithik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty,
Sunil Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani, Tabu, Preity Zinta