Now, if you are inclined to take more than one opinion on a Movie Review, I would recommend you reading this review of Om Shanti Om before you read mine. Sreeram, my all time favorite movie reviewer, who btw happens to be my cousin and more importantly a closer friend, has reviewed OSO in his usual inimitable style in this post (PS: In case you watch Hindi, Tamil or Malayalam movies, his blog is like this unending fountain of wisdom on all movies in all three languages).
Coming to my views on OSO, as has been widely discussed in various forums and in all forms of media, this movie is Farah Khan’s unabashed tribute to all of Bollywood and more specifically to the wonderful era of the 1970s which gave India superstars such as Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Mithun, Amitabh Bachchan, and increased the prominence of production houses and producers of the likes of Yash Chopra.
The script itself is once again a favorite and oft repeated theme of the 70s’ – reincarnation. How the hero (or in this case the heroine is wronged by the villain) and how the hero takes birth again to extract his revenge on the villain. Now while this in itself is probably not interesting enough for viewers, how Farah has dealt with the subject is ‘sheer brilliance’, for lack of a better term. The screenplay, the art direction and the casting, all of which are par excellence in this movie have gone a long way in making this movie the Box Office hit it actually is today.
SRK as the main protagonist, the struggling junior artist, Shreyas Talpade, as the devoted friend, Kirron Kher, as the doting mother, Deepika Padukone, as the 70s superstar, and Arjun Rampal, the devious villainous movie producer, all have performed their roles to the hilt in the first half. As for the second half, SRK, as the superstar, Deepika, as the tongue-tied newcomer, and Arjun Rampal, this time around as the immensely successful Indian/American movie producer, equally villainous and devious, in the second half as well, ensure that OSO trots on at a nice pace, which doesn’t bore the audience even for one minute in the movie.
Without letting out anything about the script, suffice to say that OSO belied even my expectations, and considering that I am pretty much the hardcore SRK fan who expects the world from all his movies, this is quite a bit.
All in all, a must-watch movie for anybody who falls in the following categories –
(a) A fan of SRK
(b) A fan of Deepika Padukone
(c) A fan of the 1970s era of Hindi films
(d) A fan of good unadulterated fun, which involves a lot of poking fun at others (all good natured though)
(e) A fan of leave-your-brains-behind-at-home cinema
(f) A fan of reincarnation movies
Well, I guess the above list doesn’t leave out too many categories of movie-goers, does it. In that case, OSO is for all of you folks reading this post out there.