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Om Shanti Om
Omshantiom.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Farah Khan
Produced by Shahrukh Khan
Gauri Khan
Written by Farah Khan
Mayur Puri
Mushtaq Sheikh
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Deepika Padukone
Arjun Rampal
Kirron Kher
Shreyas Talpade
Yuvika Chaudhary
Music by Songs:
Vishal-Shekhar
Background Score:
Sandeep Chowta
Cinematography V. Manikandan
Edited by Shirish Kunder
Distributed by Red Chillies Entertainment
Release date(s) 9 November 2007
Running time 169 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR350 million (US$5.8 million)[1]
Box office INR1.49 billion (US$25 million)[2][3]

Om Shanti Om is a 2007 Hindi romantic-reincarnation film directed and choreographed by Farah Khan. It stars Shahrukh Khan and debutant Deepika Padukone in the lead roles while Arjun Rampal, Shreyas Talpade, and Kirron Kher feature in supporting roles. More than forty-two well-known Hindi Movie stars appear in the course of the film, including thirty of them (not including the stars of the film) in one song alone. The film is set in the 1970s and 2000s; it pays tribute to, and pokes fun at, the Indian film industry of both these eras.

The film was released in 2,000 prints worldwide making it the largest Indian cinematic release at the time.[4] Om Shanti Om was released on 9 November 2007 to mostly positive reviews from critics and record-breaking box office collections. It grossed INR1.49 billion (US$25 million) worldwide and thus became the highest-grossing Hindi film of all time at the time of its release.[5][6] Another notable fact is Deepika Padukone's voice has been dubbed by sound artiste Mona Ghosh Shetty for this film.[7]

Plot[edit]

Om Prakash Makhija (Shah Rukh Khan) is a junior artist in the 1970s Hindi film industry, in love with film star Shanti Priya (Deepika Padukone). One evening, Om views the premiere of Shanti's film Dreamy Girl, posing as Manoj Kumar. Later that night, Om becomes drunk and describes his vision of himself as a famous, wealthy film star to his friend Pappu (Shreyas Talpade) and some local children. At the shooting of a later film, Om rescues Shanti from a fire scene where of the fire has escaped control, and they become friends. One day, after following Shanti, he overhears her and producer Mukesh Mehra's (Arjun Rampal) conversation, that Mukesh and Shanti have married in secret and Shanti is pregnant and expects a traditional wedding. Mukesh pretends to be happy with the news, and invites Shanti at the set of their soon-to-be-made film Om Shanti Om. Mukesh promises to cancel the film, reveal their marriage to the public, and have a grand wedding on the set; but instead traps Shanti on the set and sets it on fire to prevent his financial loss and downfall of his career.

Om, who happens to be at the same location that night, attempts to rescue Shanti, but is attacked by Mukesh's guards, and later thrown from the building by an explosion. Outside, Om is hit by a car owned by Rajesh Kapoor (Javed Sheikh), a well-known actor taking his wife Lovely to the hospital to give birth. At the hospital Om succumbs to his injuries, while Lovely gives birth to a son, also named Om, who in adulthood becomes a popular movie star and a lookalike of Om, nicknamed 'O.K.', and lives the luxurious life imagined by Om Prakash, but experiences pyrophobia and subconsciously inherits Om Prakash's memories. In acceptance of an award, O.K. unexpectedly delivers Om Prakash's drunken speech to the assembly. Pappu hears this on television. At a celebration of his award, O.K. is introduced by his father to Mukesh Mehra, and thereupon completely recovers Om Prakash's memories. He later reunites with Om's mother Bela (Kirron Kher) and Pappu and conspires to avenge Shanti's death by making Mukesh confess his crime. To that end, O.K. convinces Mukesh to restart Om Shanti Om, while scheming to convince Mukesh that Shanti is a ghost haunting himself. To impersonate Shanti, O.K. finds Sandhya, a.k.a. Sandy, a doppelganger of Shanti. Throughout the film's shooting, O.K. and his friends arrange incidents to remind Mukesh of his crime. During the music launch of the film, O.K. taunts Mukesh by revealing, through a song, the extent to which he knows the story of Shanti's death. Seeing Sandy bleed of a scratch, Mukesh confirms that she is not Shanti's ghost. Thereafter O.K. and Mukesh confront each other with their knowledge of each other's actions. During the quarrel, an apparently-genuine ghost of Shanti reveals that Mukesh, after the fire ceased to burn, buried her alive below the set's chandelier. Mukesh attempts to shoot the ghost, shocked by the extent to which she knows about the murder, but Mukesh and O.K. fight, which results in yet another fire; and the chandelier falls on Mukesh, killing him instantly. Pappu and Sandy join O.K. O.K. is shocked that he saw the same person and realizes it is Shanti's ghost. The film ends with Shanti's ghost leaving the scene and disappears in the light.

Cast[edit]

Special appearances during the song "Deewangi Deewangi" (in order of appearance)

Other Cameo appearances throughout the film (in alphabetical order)

Production[edit]

The film is based on reincarnation. It is inspired by Rishi Kapoor's 1980 hind film Karz and borrows many elements from it, including the title which is named after one of that film's songs. In the beginning of Om Shanti Om, Rishi Kapoor can be seen dancing to the original song. Shooting of the film began in January 2007 at various locations in India. The film was released on 9 November 2007.

Om Shanti Om created a record of sorts by going in for an unheard of 2000 prints (worldwide) release. This was the highest number of prints (including digital) for any Indian movie at the time of its release.[4] Om Shanti Om set another record for registered pre-advance booking of 18,000 tickets in a chain of theatres in Delhi a few days before the advance booking was to start.[8]

Red Chillies Entertainment had reportedly sold the world rights for the film to Eros International for an amount between Rs. 720–750 million.[9][10] Baba Films, production and distribution company, had offered a record Rs. 110 million for the rights to the Mumbai Circuit, easily surpassing the highest amount ever paid for the territory.[9]

A book, titled The Making of Om Shanti Om written by Mushtaq Sheikh, was released after the release of the film. The book gives an insight into the production and happenings behind the camera of the film.[11][12]

Home video release[edit]

Om Shanti Om was released on a two disc DVD mastered from High Definition in Widescreen format on February 2008 . The second disc included a trivia game, bloopers, premiers, deleted scenes, interviews, trailers and teasers and the making of the film and songs. The DVD also included a signed poster of Shahrukh Khan and a 16-page booklet. The film was also released in Blu-Ray. Bollywood Hungama gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Soundtrack[edit]

Om Shanti Om
Album cover
Soundtrack album by Vishal-Shekhar
Released
18 September 2007 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 56:07
Label
Producer Shahrukh Khan & Gauri Khan
Vishal-Shekhar chronology
Cash
(2007)
Om Shanti Om
(2007)
Tashan
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Bollywood Hungama 4/5 stars[13]
Rediff.com 4/5 stars[14]

The film's songs were composed by the musical duo Vishal-Shekhar with lyrics by Javed Akhtar, whilst the background score was composed by Sandeep Chowta. Initially, A. R. Rahman was signed in to compose original songs and background score for the film. But the maestro opted out of this movie, as T-Series did not agree to share the copyrights of music with him and the lyricist.[15] The soundtrack for the film released on 18 September 2007.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Ajab Si"   KK 4:03
2. "Dard-e-Disco"   Sukhwinder Singh, Caralisa Monteiro, Nisha, Marianne 4:31
3. "Deewangi Deewangi"   Shaan, Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rahul Saxena 5:54
4. "Main Agar Kahoon"   Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal 5:10
5. "Jag Soona Soona Lage"   Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Richa Sharma 5:31
6. "Dhoom Taana"   Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Shreya Ghoshal 6:15
7. "Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om"   Shaan 7:08
8. "Dard-e-Disco (Remix)"   Sukhwinder Singh, Caralisa Monteiro, Nisha, Marianne 4:38
9. "Deewangi Deewangi (Rainbow Mix)"   Shaan, Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rahul Saxena 4:48
10. "Om Shanti Om (Medley Mix)"   Sukhwinder Singh, Caralisa Monteiro, Nisha, Marianne, Shaan, Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rahul Saxena, Abhijeet Bhattacharya 6:06
11. "Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om (Dark Mix)"   Shaan 6:21
12. "Om Shanti Om (Instrumental)"     0:58
Total length:
61:23

Box office[edit]

India[edit]

Om Shanti Om opened across 878 cinemas in 2000 prints worldwide[16] Om Shanti Om nett grossed(after deducting entertainment tax) INR984.2 million (US$16 million) in India.[17] It was declared a Blockbuster in the domestic market.[18]

Overseas[edit]

The film collected US$2.78 million in the United Kingdom, US$3.6 million in North America and US$3.7 million collectively from the rest of the world, which resulted in total overseas collections of $10,080,000, the 4th largest of all time as of 2010.[19]

As a result of these collections, a worldwide gross of INR1485.2 million (US$25 million) was accumulated.[20]

Reception[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Om Shanti Om received mostly positive reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood hungama gave the movie a 4 out 5 star rating stating "This Diwali, have a blast! (...) At the box-office, the film will set new records in days to come and has the power to emerge one of the biggest hits of SRK's career."[21] Hindustan Times's Khalid Mohamed gave the film 4/5 saying that the film is "A must for masala movie lovers.."[22] Tajpal Rathore of BBC gave it 4 out of 5 stars and stated, "Both a homage to and parody of Hindi Films, this cinematic feast delivered straight from the heart of the film industry will have you glued to your seats till the end."[23] Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India gave 3.5 of 5 stars stating the film is a total paisa vasool and a true tribute to Karz (1980).[24] Raja Sen of Rediff.com gave 3 and half stars and stated, "Om Shanti Om is an exultant, heady, joyous film reveling in Hindi Films, and as at most parties where the bubbly flows free, there is much silly giggling and tremendous immaturity. You'd do well to breathe in the filmi fumes, lift your own collar-tips upwards, and leave sense out of the equation. More cameos are written in than dialogues, so sit back and play spot-the-celeb. Or watch the Khan have a blast on screen."[25] Mark Medley of National Post gave 3 stars and stated, "The film is a mess for all the right reasons; elements of comedy, drama, romance, action and the supernatural are packed in. But really, the plot is just a vehicle to get from one song-and-dance number to the next."[26] AOL India's Noyon Jyoti Parasara gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars stating, "The movie consists of all the elements that are essentially called the 'navratnas' of Indian cinema – from joy to grief to romance to revenge. And she mixes these well to cook up a potboiler, which is sure to be a run away hit."[27] Rajeev Mansad of CNN-IBN give Om Shanti Om 3 out of 5 stars, stated "A special mention must be made for the film's excellent dialogue which so cleverly incorporates Hindi Moves's oldest clichés into these characters' everyday parlance."[28] Sudish Kamnath of The Hindu stated, "Om Shanti Om is a light-hearted tribute to Hindi cinema the way we know it and love it, in spite of its flaws, improvisation and implausibility. [...]That apart, the movie is a hell of a party, a bits-and-pieces blockbuster strung together with a series of laughs, songs and dances. SRK shows us why he's the rock star of our times."[29] SearchIndia.com gave the movie the thumbs-down stating that "A dispiritingly commonplace theme of reincarnation packaged in a disjointed, tracing-paper-thin plot with ho-hum performances by the lead actors renders a mediocre movie that only addled fans of Hindi Film superstar Shahrukh Khan would love."[30]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave Om Shanti Om a rating of 83%, based upon 6 reviews (5 fresh and 1 rotten).[31]

Controversy[edit]

Manoj Kumar's complaints[edit]

Om Shanti Om landed into controversy with veteran actor Manoj Kumar, for showing his body double in a bad taste. Offended by the sequence, Kumar planned to sue the makers of Om Shanti Om.[32] Kumar added, "Are the Mumbai police so stupid that they can't recognise Manoj Kumar and lathicharge him in the '70s when he was a star?”.[33] Kumar also alleged that Shahrukh Khan is communal.[34] Later, in a press conference, Shahrukh Khan and director Farah Khan accepted their mistake and apologised for the matter.[35] Farah Khan even offered to cut the scene which Manoj Kumar felt was hurtful, but Kumar refused on grounds that, as Farah had stated, "I [Farah Khan] am like his daughter. He said, 'Betiyaan maafi nahi maangti' (Daughters don't ask for forgiveness). I told him that he could've called me and scolded me."[35] Later, Kumar said that though this incident was hurtful to him, he wishes to forgive, ignore, and move on, saying that he prefers to "see Ram in everyone and ignore the Ravana."[36]

In 2008, before the film's television premiere on Sony TV, Manoj Kumar filed for a stay on the television release, at civil court in Mumbai. On 8 August 2008, he won permanent injunction on the scenes in Om Shanti Om that lampooned him. The court ordered the producers and Sony Entertainment Television, to edit the Manoj Kumar look-alike scenes before showing the film on the channel on 10 August 2008. It also ordered that the film could not be shown in any media—TV, DVD or Internet—without the scene being deleted.[37][38]

Alleged plagiarism[edit]

On 7 August 2008, before its television release, scriptwriter Ajay Monga, moved the Bombay High Court alleging that the basic storyline of the film was lifted from a film script he had emailed to Shah Rukh Khan in 2006. According to the petition, "Monga, along with one more writer Hemant Hegde, had registered the script with the Cine Writers Association (CWA) in September 2005. In January 2008, Cine Writers Association (CWA) rejected Monga's appeal at a special Executive Committee meeting. Thereafter, he approached the court to stay the film's screening on television. Though, on 6 August the court rejected Monga's plea for seeking a stay on the television telecast, it directed all the respondents including Shahrukh Khan, Farah Khan, Red Chillies Entertainment, Gauri Khan (director Red Chillies) and film's co-writer Mushtaq Sheikh, to file their say by the next hearing on 29 September 2008.[39][40][41]

In November 2008, the Film Writers' association sent a communication to Red Chillies and Ajay Monga that it had found similarities in Om Shanti Om and Monga's script. The similarities were more than mere coincidences according to Sooni Taraporewala who chaired a special committee that has investigated the case on behalf of the Film Writers' association.[42]

Another allegation of plagiarism came from Rinki Bhattacharya, daughter of late Bimal Roy, who directed Madhumati. She threatened legal action against Red Chillies Entertainment and the producer-director of Om Shanti Om, as she felt that the film's second half was similar to Madhumati, also a rebirth saga.[39][40]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Won

2008 – National Film Award for Best Art Direction – Sabu Cyril[43]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Won
Nominated[44]
  • Best Actor – Shah Rukh Khan
  • Best Actress – Deepika Padukone
  • Best Director – Farah Khan
  • Best Film – Red Chillies Entertainment
  • Best Supporting Actor – Shreyas Talpade
  • Best Music – Vishal-Shekhar
  • Best Lyrics – Javed Akhtar for Main Agar Kahoon
  • Best Lyrics – Vishal Dadlani for Aankhon Mein Teri
  • Best male Playback Singer – K.K. for Aankhon Mein Teri
  • Best male Playback Singer – Sonu Nigam for Main Agar Kahoon
  • Best Dialogue – Mayur Puri

Star Screen Awards[edit]

Won
Nominated[45]
  • Best Film
  • Best Actor in a Negative Role – Arjun Rampal
  • Best Director – Farah Khan
  • Best Playback Singer Male – K.K. for Aankhon Mein Teri
  • Best Background Music – Vishal-Shekhar
  • Best Art Direction – Sabu Cyril

Stardust Awards[edit]

Won

Zee Cine Awards[edit]

Won
Nominated[46]
  • Best Film
  • Best Actor Male – Shah Rukh Khan
  • Best Actor Female – Deepika Padukone
  • Best Director – Farah Khan
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role Male – Shreyas Talpade
  • Most Popular Track of the Year – Dard-E-Disco
  • Best Playback Singer Male – KK for Aankhon Mein Teri
  • Best Playback Singer Male – Sonu Nigam for Main Agar Kahoon
  • Best Lyrics – Main Agar Kahoon
  • Best Music – Vishal-Shekhar

IIFA Awards[edit]

Won
  • Best Art Direction – Sabu Cyril
  • Best Makeup – Bharat-Dorris, Ravi Indulkar and Namrata Soni
  • Best Debutant Female – Deepika Padukone
  • Best Lyricist – Javed Akhtar
  • Best Costume Design – Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar and Sanjiv Mulchandani
  • Best Special Effects – Red Chillies VFX
Nominated[47]
  • Best Picture
  • Performance in a Leading Role Female – Deepika Padukone
  • Performance in a Negative Role – Arjun Rampal
  • Playback Singer Male – K.K. for Aankhon Mein Teri Om

Asian Film Awards[edit]

Won
Nominated

Asia Pacific Screen Awards[edit]

Nominated

Annual Central European Hindi Film Award[edit]

Won[48]
  • Best Film
  • Best Director – Farah Khan
  • Best Breakthrough Role (Female) – Deepika Padukone
  • Best Costume Design – Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar and Sanjiv Mulchandani
  • Best Special Effects – Red Chillies VFX
  • Best Art Direction – Sabu Cyril
  • Best Music – Vishal-Shekhar
  • Best Playback Singer Male – Sonu Nigam for Main Agar Kahoon

Planet-Bollywood People's Choice Awards[edit]

Won[49]
  • Best Song – Ajab Si
  • Best Music Director – Vishal Shekhar
  • Best Choreographer – Farah Khan
  • Best Female Debut – Deepika Padukone
  • Best Male Singer – KK - Ajab Si
  • Best Female Singer – Shreya Ghosal
  • Best Editing – Shirish Kunder

In popular culture[edit]

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