Saturday, November 24, 2007

Om Shanti Om - why I liked it

इतनी शिद्दत से मैंने तुम्हें पाने की कोशिश की है
कि हर ज़र्रे ने मुझे तुमसे मिलाने की साजिश की है
[itni shiddat se maine tumhein paane ki koshish ki hai,
har zarre ne mujhe tumse milaane ki saazish ki hai]

Yes yes, the above lines are borrowed [ from the alchemist - "If you really wish to achieve something, the whole world conspires to give it to you."], but so is the entire movie idea :-) [from Karz]

I went to watch Om Shanti Om today, expecting something like Main hoon na, full timepass, no brain - nothing more.

However, I must say I came back very impressed [and entertained]. Yes, the movie has the guest stars and the good looks and the glamor and the song-and-dance that is common in a big-budget movie -- but here is why _I_ liked it.

  1. Proper crediting - The makers made no bones about their inspiration sources - they even make a tongue-in-cheek joke about the "friends mein no thanks no sorry" dialogue :-)
  2. Self - targeted humor - This film is a very cute look at the movie industry, and SRK does not stop at making fun on himself either - be it the guy saying "he is much shorter in real life" to phir bhi dil hai NRI, and the other movie essentially being the same [reminded me of Zoolander's "poses" ]
  3. Jibe at press for SRK's "enmities" - The pre-filmfare interviews were very cute, since they were very much how the media portrays the rivalries - with AB senior and junior, as well as Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan's commenting as the media would report them :-).
  4. Great acting - by two people - the veteran Kirron Kher, and the relatively new Shreyas Talpade. The others also play their parts very well. About Deepika Padukone - well, I thought her acting was very nice, in addition to her drop-dead-prettiness.
  5. Special Effects - Watch out for them in the 70s section of the movie, esp the dhoom taana song. Good use of computers I say :-).
  6. The ending credits - I think the one thing I liked most about the movie was the ending credits. It was so nice to see that in a movie that was about a junior artist, the makers gave the technicians and other small people a chance to get their 5 seconds of fame. Kudos to Farah Khan!
There is more to write, but work calls.. if you have not watched it yet, I suggest going and watching it. Well worth the money

Finally, all I can say about the movie is, in the words of Mohabbat Man / Mongesh-da -- "oodi baba!"


  1. I loved OSO for different reasons...but yes, glad to see your list. And Farah, herself rising from a group-dancer to choreographer's assistant to choreographer....always respects the behind-the-scenes hands (check out end-credits of Main Hoon Na too, if u haven't) and that's really heartwarming.

    A total paisa-vasool trip this was!

  2. hello Animesh,

    You seems to be doing good research work in California.Carry it on..
    I appreciate your views on Om Shanti Om, but all i can say is that each person has got different taste.I consider it to be just a "Single Watch Movie " and that too because of so much of publicity.
    The best thing i liked about the movie was the translated version of statement from Alchemist......."itni shiddat se tumhe pane ki koshish ki hai, ki har jarre ne mujhe tum se milane ki sajis ki hai.".

    any way, BYE.

  3. I don't know but i have completely different opinion on this front... i found movie more childlike and lacking any story line (ofcourse, what else can we expect from the makers of main hoon na :P)... main hoon na was better than this atleast but this was really unjhelebal.

    Anyways, everyone has his / her own views about the movie. I hope he does well in later movies.

  4. Anonymous8:27 PM

    Paisa Vasool!! I loved the movie in and out!! it was awesome, grand and whoever talks about the tastes in movies: I think I have tasted enough to be able to appreciate this flick and not be ashamed about it. :) (no disrespect to anyone's taste is intended here) I proclaim myself an unabashed propagandist for OSO and boy.. I am loving it!!