Om Shanti Om

In Om Shanti Om (OSO) Shah Rukh Khan plays a junior artiste, Om Prakash Makhija, who is besotted with the star actress Shantipriya, played by Deepika Padukone. Shreyas Talpade plays Khan’s sidekick (Pappu) and Kirron Kher plays Khan’s mother. (Kher manages to grate with her over-acting in her limited role.)

As luck and Hindi film script would have it, Om manages to befriend Shantipriya, who it seems has a sad side in spite of her success. This part of the movie is pure fun with parodies of ’70s film stars and of a certain South star as well. I don’t want to give away the plot of the movie, so I’ll stop with the plot here say and just say that you will have to suspend your disbelief and just go with the flow.

Shah Rukh Khan is his usual Shah Rukh self and Shreyas Talpade is a good sidekick. The star of the movie for me though was unquestionably Deepika Padukone. She looks gorgeous, she can act, and Farah Khan makes sure that she is given adequate coverage, if you know what I mean. If Deepika makes the right movie choices, we’ll be seeing her around for a long, long time. She isn’t just a pretty face, the girl can act.

OSO has lots of comedy, oodles of songs (a couple of superb ones) and dances, and the right amount of drama to keep the movie in the enjoyable zone all along. This is probably why it’s been doing so well at the box office. Overall, it is an enjoyable movie.

My only complaint is that PVR decided that they’d split the audience’s eardrums with their Dolby sound system. Maybe they’re diversifying into hospitals or something.


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