Coming soon: Tevar

Om Shanti Om - External Reviews

Om Shanti Om

quick review:

Om Shanti Om is a mediocre variety entertainment program. The movie gets marred because the makers did not have the courage to make a spoof for the sake of a spoof. It is obvious that the story was forced to make the movie sell. Had they stuck to the industry jokes, it would have been as entertaining as a gossip magazine.

[Poster for Om Shanti Om]

38 reviewers have given Om Shanti Om an average rating of 3.2/5.0 (?)

21 yays
11 nays
6 so-so

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs down by Akshay Shah, Akshay Shah ...As far as performances go the movie is a disappointment.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...The best part about OSO is that it doesn’t pretend to be cerebral.... full review

Thumbs up by Beth, Beth Loves Bollywood ...And as for distressing, if a respected, powerful industry figure like Farah Khan won't make sure there are good roles for women in her movies, then who will?... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Deepika Padukone is one of the finds of recent times, even if she’s cut adrift in the second half.... full review

Thumbs up by Rachel Fernandes, Bollywood Mantra ...the manner in which the screenplay unfolds makes it a fun, time pass entertaining film.... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, Business of Cinema ...Fewer and softer-toned spoofs could have helped infuse more spice in the curry.... full review

Thumbs up by Angel Rani, Deccan Herald ... is a no-holds-barred entertainer where subtlety is a rarity.... full review

Thumbs down by Deep, Deep's Home ...Aam Janta does not understand these things much nor they will go so much deep into it. They came to watch SRK doing stupid things and make them laugh. They came to watch SRK showing his six-pack abs, they came to watch those 31 stars dancing with SRK. And that’s it... full review

Thumbs down by Oz, Desi Train ...Farah excels when she has to play with the jokes. You can see she’s having fun. But when it comes to the plot line or how to tie in the ends and have it sink nicely into the audience, she fails.... full review

So-So by Lakshmy Ramanathan, DNA ...When you have the entire Bollywood ready to shake its booty for free ipods and expensive coffee hampers, it's easy to film a three-hour movie... full review

So-So by Krish Ashok, Doing Jalsa and Showing Jilpa ...They managed to squeeze every campy, cheesy, corny cliche into a 150 minute package that I have to admit, was fairly entertaining.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com ...It’s not a smooth flow of sequences in the first hour and the end, too is long.... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...you want to rush the screenplay to the ICU unit. Oxygen laao!... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...A special mention must be made for the film's excellent dialogue which so cleverly incorporates Bollywood's oldest clichés into these characters' everyday parlance.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...is paisa vasool entertainment... full review

Thumbs down Indicine ...The fact that it is such a terrible let down, is yet to sink in.... full review

Thumbs up by Anagha Bhat Chandratrey, Intermission, The Bookeazy Blog ...It’s definitely worth your money!... full review

So-So by Vaibhav Wankhede, M TV ...The problem with OSO is that you can't tell when it is a spoof or when the story is genuinely serious... full review

So-So by Amit R Agarwal, merinews ...The biggest Unique Selling Proposition of Om Shanti Om is that it doesn’t hide any inferences or references.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...The film has been superbly structured in the first half, which is quite brilliant.... full review

Thumbs up by surveen, musicNmovies.info ...Forget your logic brains, get ready to swirl along with Farah Khan and her magical world of re-incarnation melodrama in Man Mohan Desai style.... full review

Thumbs up by som, naachgaana.com ...Farah Khan has made everyone act superbly (yes, including Arjun Rampal!).... full review

Thumbs down by Kartick Sitaraman, Passion for Cinema ...OSO is testimony to how a filmmaker and producer can take their audience for granted.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepak Venkateshan, Passion for Cinema ...OSO is engaging at some level but really not a well thought out film... full review

Thumbs up by Rupak Ghosh, Passion for Cinema ...it has the guts to laugh at itself... full review

Thumbs up by Phoenixnu, Passion for Cinema ...And this is what i liked most about the film….they are showing the middle finger to everyone. And people have no option but to laugh.... full review

Thumbs up by Lidia Ostepeev, Planet Bollywood ...Those who know little about Bollywood films would probably regard ‘Om Shanti Om’ as a rather weak film because it confirms the worst Western stereotypes of Bollywood... full review

Thumbs up by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...Om Shanti Om is entertaining but in parts... full review

Thumbs down by Greatbong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind ...Om Shanti Om is less a movie and more a product, directed at entertaining a powerful demographic, adroitly marketed and packaged... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The film celebrates everything the eclectic seventies represent... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...a world of Technicolor convertibles and flares and bling and outrageousness and hamming and tan-tan-ta-da background scores, all in a day's work... full review

Thumbs up SantaBanta.com ...Deepika Padukone is beautiful, graceful and has a great personality... full review

Thumbs down SearchIndia.com ...why are our Bollywood bozos still trapped in five-decade-old plots?... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...the film’s meant to be mad, mindless and zany. And we are meant to be happy, headless and nostalgic.... full review

Thumbs down by Saakshi Juneja, To Each Its Own ...OSO is a miserable attempt at remaking yesteryear’s super hit film, Karz.... full review

Thumbs down Upper Stall ...It’s shameful that canvas so big couldn’t afford someone who could write.... full review

So-So by Neha Viswanathan, Within / Without ...There’s nothing more painful than a badly done spoof. The film industry is full of egomaniacal people, we get it.... full review

Om Shanti Om - Movie Details

Om Shanti Om - Trailer

Comments (23)

Ashok:

Well done meetu..

Perfect review, Perfect Rating! Completely agree!

Dadasaheb Phalke:

I thoroughly enjoyed OSO and disagree with almost everything you've written. Once again you fail to analyse what you find wrong in the movie, choosing instead the easier path of berating the movie, the stars, dialogues, etc. I appreciate that we have all our own views. However, you have done a film appreciation course, you now seem to be part of the reviewing community so we expect more. At the very least, please be consistent. You are willing to give up your need for "resemblance to reality" for Jab We Met, but not for OSO. Why? Almost all the accusations you leveled at OSO apply to JWM too. Can't understand. And your ratings also seem weird..you're willing to give OSO's spoofy lyrics 4, while Saawariya gets only 1? Finally, can you please tell me other Hindi movie spoofs you've seen? I am referring, please, to spoofs and not to comedies. Thanks for your patience.

meetu:

Thanks Ashok!

Dadasaheb Phalke, well I gave Saawariya's lyrics 2.5 - not 1. OSO got 4. I liked OSO's lyrics better. Hmmm...I thought you did not like the fact that I didn't like OSO, do you also not like the fact that I appreciated what I liked?

When did I ever say I expected reality from OSO? I just did not like the fact that in the name of spoofing the 70s, Farah Khan actually tried to make a movie of that era. Now, even in the 70s, the movies were far from reality, but they gave us some explanations as to why things were happening, here there were none. So, I don't think it was spoofed right.

I usually don't like comparing movies, but since you demand a justification - Jab We Met made me laugh and cry. Kareena and Shahid were brilliant. OSO made me laugh a few times, that's it. It's characters did not touch me. SRK was at best annoying and Deepika hardly had room to prove herself. And in Jab We Met too, I was unhappy that I was not given explanations, when they were so easily possible.

I think Main Hoon Na was a very good spoof. In my opinion, Salaam-e-Ishq was a spoof too. Especially the Priyanka Chopra-Salman Khan track. Why do you ask?

I completely appreciate that you expect more from me because I have done a course. Please be specific about what I did not analyse and we'll talk. Otherwise you can be accused of the same thing that you are accusing me - "fail to analyse what you find wrong with this review but choose the easier path of berating it"

Sakshi:

Meetu, good review. Though I still feel that you have been kind on them. ;)

meetu:

To borrow from Mayur Puri's talent - "kuchh reviewers ka dil hi aisa hota hai" Everything is relative, right Sakshi? I have just seen too many movies that are much worse.

jolyon antao:

its a super duper hit movie.Howerever it a collection some old n some new we all enjoyed the
movie

Shaan Khan:

OSO is “bas deewangi deewangi deewangi hai”

There are various categories and types of re-incarnation. A God denying Saddam Hussein was re-incarnated into a God quoting Saddam Hussein on losing his dictatorial powers. A girly man, Man Mohan Desai of the 70s was re-incarnated as a woman, Farah Khan, in the 2Ks. Even I, a person (while growing up), who was repeatedly told that I was selfish, self-centered, heartless, & cruel by my three sisters, was later (thanks to the hard knocks of life) re-incarnated as the only living man who knows what a woman wants. Let me assure you “What women want” is a very complex subject, and to those who are attempting to start on this path, to seek this knowledge, I would like to say, remember two sentences, i) “Really, that is awesome” (punctuate the really with a surprised look and a pregnant pause. Say this like you mean it, whenever she says anything) and ii) "Oh, my, my, you poor girl" (say it whenever you are not saying the previous sentence).

The most complex case of re-incarnation that I have seen is that of the Big Bad Bachchalan. A super star of the year 76/77, Big B was re-incarnated every decade since then as a bigger and bigger flop actor. Today he is a lame horse struggling to cross the finish line. What is more complicating is that while he still exists in the 2Ks, he has been re-incarnated as a clone as well in the form of Lil C. Here is a case where a decent actor has been re-incarnated as a non actor.

OSO is one such re-incarnation story. You do not have to believe in re-incarnation to enjoy this story. It is not as complicated as Big B’s re-incarnation saga. In fact it is a very simple and straightforward story of an unfulfilled man, who comes back to seek revenge against the person who killed him and his ladylove. Nonetheless, this sad and moving story is told in a fun filled over the top manner. The story in OSO becomes a platform to spoof the Bollywood of the bygone era (not necessarily just 70s/80s) as well as the contemporary Bollywood. The jokes, parodies & satire hit you nonstop. It is hard sometimes to listen to the dialogues because of the howling and laughter that engulfs the entire theater. I have never seen people have so much fun in any movie. I never knew this was possible. Interestingly enough everyone has his own take on the jokes. My mentor, Essac Bhai Khopdi who lives above the Sarvi Restaurant in Nagpada Bombay and has won many a Nawabi awards, thought that the blind/deaf and dumb and over the top SRK was a funny reference to Big B’s Black, while the good for nothing star son was Lil C.

Rahim Chacha, my butler, who never likes to be outdone by Essac Bhai Khopdi, has his own views. He thinks that Big B was not invited to SRK’s Bollywood bash (i.e. the “bas deewangi deewangi deewangi hai” song in OSO) because Big B did not invite SRK to Lil C’s wedding. Although I may not entirely agree with Rahim Chacha, I do think in many ways, OSO is like this song. While “bas deewangi deewangi deewangi hai” gives you an inside look at a typical Bollywood party, OSO is SRK’s invitation to an inside look at Bollywood itself. Farha Khan has left no leaf unturned in making sure that all feel welcome and enjoy this SRK offering, especially the common laymen with little or no knowledge of Bollywood, but it goes without saying that some knowledge of Bollywood will give a viewer a more profound reason to chuckle. In this respect OSO is not as mindless or random as it appears on a superficial level. The jokes and the sequence of the jokes are all well targeted and serve a purpose. OSO is wicked, it is a laugh riot for those who do not know Bollywood and but infinitely more so for those that do.

HR cameo was superb, but Akshay Kumar’s was even better. Govinda & Dharam Paaji were appreciated in the “bas deewangi deewangi deewangi hai” song but Kajol got the most whistles. Of all the parodies the one that I liked the most was about the insertion of a mindless item song with mindless words just to make the movie more commercially viable, yes I am refereeing to “Dar-E-Disco”. Hence, next time when you hear an item song such as “Kajra Re Kajra Re” you will know exactly the thoughts that went into its insertion. At the very least, after seeing OSO you wll know why Lil C is making a super hero film, “Darraoona”.

Thanks to the advances in the technology, the unfolding of SRK's past is handled very effectively. The scene where he witnesses himself eavesdropping Deepika and Arjun is marvelous. Finally when “the moment of truth” dawns (at the Filmfare award ceremony) the reaction is just priceless. The look on SRK’s face and his voice (while receiving the award), captures the right amount of confusion, fear, and the acknowledgment of the new truth, without letting go of the awareness of the honor being bestowed upon him. All in all the Filmfare award scene puts SRK in a league never ever witnessed before in Bollywood.

For SRK, OSO is another feather in his cap. As Om Makheja, his hamming is as believable as his seriousness was in CDI. It is a SRK you have not seen before. Just like no one could have played Kabir Khan as well as SRK, let me state that no one could have played Om Makheja as well as SRK. This is why SRK is an actor’s actor, the Don Jungli Billa KHaaaaan of Bollywood. SRK’s Om Makheja is a lovable looser, then as Om Kapoor, the brat, he kicks it up another notch. For me the icing on the cake, as far as SRK’s acting is concerned, was the underplayed and intimate scene where he tells his father that he will try to be a better son (and a better actor). Before I forget, let me state that the rest of the cast and crew, Arjun, Kiran, Shreyas, & Deepika are equally outstanding.

OSO rocks. It is an, in your face, inside look into Bollywood. It is not too late to book your tickets for the next week-end. Some shows are still open but rush, don’t walk, OSO is worth it.

meetu:

Hi morph! Good to know you enjoyed the movie. You love tearing apart my words, don't you? So, here we go -

I thoroughly enjoyed the "spot the tribute" game. Just because I "got" the jokes doesn't mean they made me laugh. A few of them made me laugh - say 10%. So as per your calculation, that makes it 7.5% of the movie, which is about 12 minutes. Add to that the 2 songs that I enjoyed watching. About 22-25 minutes, I enjoyed, and that is why I recommend watching it if you have nothing better to do.

Credit for overacting?! Had it been funny or tolerable or different - sure. But, that is just his normal annoying style, so why does it deserve extra credit?

Isn't it unfair, that pen and paper are allowed for serious movies and not for "time-pass" movies? I think the latter can be made funnier/more entertaining if the audience is not taken for granted.

meetu:

Finally, got it, morph! Our definition of "taking for granted" and so "what makes a good movie" is different. Neither is right or wrong, they just are.

No Smoking - I hadn't read the director's blog before watching the movie and had formed my opinion before reading it too. And I know many other people who liked the movie, haven't read the blog and are very happy with their interpretations of the movie.

Anyways, I enjoy the differences, so keep leaving your thoughts.

indya:

Movie was alright in bits and pieces but overall it was horrible.

As usual your review is great.

-Indya

_ram-jaane':

I enjoyed OSO just as much as if not more than No Smoking:
http://www.ramchandra.me.uk/blog/archives/2007/11/om_shanti_om.php
http://www.ramchandra.me.uk/blog/archives/2007/10/no_smoking.php

Amodini:

I agree with your review - I've given it a below average rating myself. I was so bored in the second half - it's like the film had morphed into some terrible 70s film - direction, acting, character development had pretty much flown out of the window - the only saving graces being Deepika and Shreyas. If OSO was this bad, I quail at the thought of Saawariya.

meetu:

Thanks all for your comments!

Amodini, don't compare Saawariya and OSO. They are two different genres. I didn't like either but I know people who liked Saawariya but did not like OSO.

Jahan Bakshi:

Hi Meetu- totally agree with you on Salaam E Ishq was definitely a spoof and actually quite nice but overlong- I though it was unnecerssarily and excessively criticised for no reason. Mostly agree on OSO, however loved Deepika and though Shahrukh was pathetic otherwise, he gets full marks from me for the Quick Gun Murugan bit- HILARIOUS! Lo love your reviews- keep them coming!

B4Bollywood:

I loved the movie OSO. I appreciate the attempt that Farah Khan has made, in her own style, to bring forth the hypocrisy that is still so prevalent in our Bollywood- one that adores those who succeed, and the other that totally ignores the not-so-lucky actors. She has beautifully woven the two together. Even if it is mindless, I still liked it. It is a complete entertainer.. a paisa wasool. I cant think of anyone else but SRK who could have played the 2 characters with equal ease, so what if the hair grows overnight!!!! Who claimed the movie was purrfect!!! I can't compare OSO to CDI, they are class apart.... they are theme apart. It's good to see Farah Khan doing what she loves to do ..So far as overacting is concerned, it certainly is SRK mark.. we know him for that, so what's new...the movie is MAST, and a MUST SEE.

meetu:

Thanks Jahan, I thought the Quick Gun Murugan bit was stretched a bit too much. I loved the SRK making fun of his repetitive romantic performances at the filmfare awards. That really made me laugh. But that's about it!

meetu:

prateek, the only reason not to trash the movie completely is because I have seen worse...much worse!

meetu:

Hi all,

What I have noticed is people either loved the movie or hated it. And no matter what, people have taken it pretty personally. As in the people who loved it will defend it no end and the people who hated it are trashing it to death.

Keep it going!

meetu:

Ashish, if I were trashing it solely on my preconceived notions then I wouldn't have liked Chakde! nor would I have liked Don. OSO was a bad movie. There were just a few laugh-worthy jokes - the story was all over the place, the acting was bad.

All I say in my reviews is what I thought of the movie. I certainly will not claim to know what types of shoes the target audience is wearing (unless it includes me :) ). On the same note, I don't think anyone can.

Nice 'I' quote! Just can't figure out how to leave "I" behind. How much ever one tries, "I" follows like Mary's little lamb. Pretty darn adamant it is.

KARUNESH GOUNDARRUN:

I WANT TO MEET KING KHAN.WISHING VERY BODY IN INDIA AND OM SHANTI OM CREW MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.GOOD BY FOR NOW

abu & rabad » Blog Archive » hot g:

[...] was when we went to watch Om Shanti Om. During the “31 star” song, rabad started screaming “Om Shanti Om” at the [...]

meetu:

@TimELiebe we have seen a lot of reincarnation in our films. Madhumati or Karz (the one this film is trying to pay a tribute to but is actually just shamelessly copying)
Manoj Kumar covering his face - that's the way he would act - and if i remember right, especially when he was sad/intense :)

meetu:

@TimELiebe :) Looks like there was a serious mail delivery problem at wogma's end itself. Hopefully, it's sorted.

Leave a new comment