Om Shanti Om

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Love and dreams follow two starry-eyed actors across three decades and two incarnations in this splashy Hindi musical. It's the early '70s, and Om Prakash Makhija (Shah Rukh Khan) is a young would-be actor who has been playing bit parts in Bollywood musicals while looking for his big break. Om's ambition is to become a film star and win the heart of beautiful screen siren Shantipriya (Deepika Padukone), and his pal Pappu (Shreyas Talpade) and his mother, Bela (Kirron Kher), both encourage him not to give up on his dreams. One day, Om meets Shantipriya on a movie set, and he feels as if destiny is finally smiling on him, but when he overhears her having an argument with studio chief Mukesh Mehra (Arjun Rampal), Om senses things are not as they should be. Before Om can decide what to make of his misgivings, the studio burns to the ground, claiming the lives of Om and Shantipriya. Thirty years later, a bit of Om's spirit seems to live on in Om Kapoor (also played by Shah Rukh Khan), a popular film actor with a large ego and a fear of flame who was born the day the old studio burned down. Despite his fame, Om is lonely, at least until he meets Sandhya (also played by Deepika Padukone), a shy but eager would-be actress looking for her chance to become a star. Om Shanti Om was directed and co-written by Farah Khan, who was a top choreographer in the Indian film industry before moving up to the director's chair, and features guest spots from a number of Bollywood's greatest stars, a few appearing in the form of digital recreations taken from films of the '70s.

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Critic Reviews for Om Shanti Om

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

  • As a spoof of the 1970s Bollywood, Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om is well-conceived and executed. As a story about reincarnation, it disappoints.

    Jan 7, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Once you decide to suspend all belief in logic from the preposterous proceedings, there is much to enjoy in this witty and inventive camp entertainer.

    Nov 24, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The team of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and A-list-choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan have pushed the Main Hoon Na gentle masala movie parody to repetitive extremes.

    Nov 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Both a homage to and parody of Bollywood, this cinematic feast delivered straight from the heart of the film industry will have you glued to your seats till the end.

    Nov 13, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Tajpal Rathore

    BBC.com
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  • Has a wow factor unequalled by any Hindi film in memory.

    Nov 9, 2007 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

    Variety
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  • [Shah Rukh Khan], needless to say, is superb. There is no one who can do his combo of I'm-a-regular-guy-but-hey-I'm-the-king better.

    May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Om Shanti Om

  • Feb 20, 2012
    Suspend all your believe and you will get one of the most fun, exciting and hilariously spoof written Bollywood movie. 6/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2010
    Loved it! First Bollywood movie Ive seen and surely it wont be the last! :) Very funny and entertaining on so many levels. The story was good too. And the songs were great. And overall I was very pleased. I would gladly watch it again. What did this movie teach me? Brown men can be veeerrrry attractive!
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2009
    Not as good as I'd expected from Farah Khan, having liked her debut film as a director "Main Hoon Na" very much. Yet, not an absolute crap.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2008
    I didn't see what is so GREAT about the movie. It's a good movie with a unique concept, but still not absolutely awesome. I don't think it deserves all this praise. And I don't really understand why Deepika is being considered a good actress for her FIRST movie. She has worked in movies in other languages. So, really, she's not NEW. Anyways, the soundtrack was alright, not so fond of some of the songs. And I also think that they should have explained in some part of the movie about how Om had gotten "reborn". Other than all that, it was okay.
    Maryam T Super Reviewer

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