I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to review this film, I’ve seen it twice and it really got me to thinking that movies can be different and exciting.
Om Shanti Om has become a classic Bollywood contemporary film, it’s a modern look back at the Bombay film industry in the 70s, when films like Sholay and Caravan were just released, and painted posters filled billboards and theaters.
Om Prakash Makhija (Shahruhk Khan) is a Junior film artist trying to make it big in the Bollywood film industry, but he only gets cast for small roles in films, while seeing others with shorter, classier names like Raj Kapoor get to rise to the top of the industry. Which is a problem for Om, because he fell in love with Bollywood star Shanti Priya, and he knows that Jr. Artists rarely get the woman. But he is optimistic and dreams for her to look his way. Upon that wish, he and his friend Pappu (Talpade) find themselves outside the premier showing of Shanti Priya’s new film Dreamy Girl and aim for a glimpse of her.
The film is about reincarnation, revenge, betrayal, love, and Bollywood.
Our Rating: 9/10
This film really got me hooked on Bollywood films, I really loved the optimism of the story and how Karma played everything out in such a way at the end. The film takes a little bit of influence from the 80s film Karz (with Rishi Kapoor) and upgrades it for a modern audience and a different story. The filmography is beautiful, and the dance numbers genius. Perhaps the most noted section of the film is the number of guest appearances in the song Deewangi Deewangi which guest stars over 30 Bollywood stars like Kajol, Rani Mukherkji, Priyanka Chopra, Juhi Chawla, Rekha, Govinda, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt to name a few.
Overall the film is a great watch, everyone interested in knowing what Bollywood is all about should see this film.