Om Shanti Om
|Om Shanti Om|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Farah Khan|
|Produced by||Gauri Khan|
|Written by||Mayur Puri
|Screenplay by||Farah Khan
|Story by||Farah Khan|
|Starring||Shah Rukh Khan
|Edited by||Shirish Kunder|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|9 November 2007|
|Box office||est.₹1.50 billion|
Om Shanti Om is a 2007 Indian supernatural romantic film co-written, choreographed and directed by Farah Khan. It stars Shah Rukh 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. Om Shanti Om was released on 9 November 2007 to universal acclaim from critics and record-breaking box office collections. It grossed ₹1.50 billion worldwide and thus became the highest-grossing Hindi film at the time of its release.
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 Dream Girl, posing as Manoj Kumar. Later that night, Om becomes drunk and describes his vision of himself as a famous, wealthy film star winning the Filmfare Award for Best Actor 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 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 a financial loss and to protect his career. Shanti tearfully begs Mukesh to release her but he leaves anyway.
Om, who happens to be at the same location that night, attempts to rescue Shanti, but is attacked by Mukesh's guards. After the guards leave, he again attempts to rescue Shanti and enters the set. He finds Shanti but he is thrown from the building by an explosion. The building explodes after he is thrown from it and Shanti appears to have died.
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 remembers his moments with Shanti as he dies due to these injuries while Lovely gives birth to a son, also named Om.Om reincarnates as Om Kapoor and sets out to avenge Shanti's death. He is 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 remembers the events that happened in his past life thereupon completely recovering 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's spirit is haunting him. To impersonate Shanti, O.K. finds Sandhya, a.k.a. Sandy, a doppelgänger 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. But when Mukesh runs after Sandy thinking she is a ghost of Shanti, Sandy accidentally cuts her arm and bleeds. Seeing this, Mukesh realises that she is not Shanti's ghost. But when he is about to confront O.K, he is suddenly hit by the set's chandelier.
After Mukesh wakes up, O.K. confronts Mukesh but is shocked when Mukesh reveals that he knows who Sandy is. During the quarrel, Sandy shows up. O.K. tries to send Sandy back. Sandy reveals that Mukesh, after the fire ceased to burn, found that Shanti survived the fire, but he buried her alive below the chandelier. O.K. is confused about how Sandy knows this. Mukesh attempts to shoot Sandy, shocked by the extent to which she knows about the murder, but Mukesh and O.K. fight, which results in yet another fire. Just when O.K. is about to kill Mukesh, Sandy stops him, says that Mukesh will not die by his hand, and the chandelier drops on Mukesh, killing him instantly. Pappu and Sandy join O.K. O.K. is shocked when he sees the real Sandy and realises the person he assumed Sandy was actually Shanti's soul. The soul smiles warmly towards Om and tearfully bids him goodbye . The film ends with Shanti's soul leaving the scene and disappearing into the light.
- Shah Rukh Khan as Om 'Omi' Prakash Makhija (Junior Artist) & Om Kapoor 'O.K.' (Superstar)
- Deepika Padukone as Dream Girl Shanti Priya (Heroine) & Sandhya 'Sandy'
- Arjun Rampal as Mukesh Mehra 'Mike', Shanti Priya's husband (film producer)
- Kirron Kher as Bela Makhija, Omi's mother
- Shreyas Talpade as Pappu Master, Omi's best friend
- Javed Sheikh as Rajesh Kapoor, Om Kapoor's father
- Asawari Joshi as Lovely Kapoor, Om Kapoor's mother
- Yuvika Chaudhary as Dolly
- Bindu Desai as Kamini
- Satish Shah as Film Director
- Shawar Ali as Shawar Ali Khan
- Nitesh Pandey as Anwar
Special appearances during the song "Deewangi Deewangi" (in order of appearance)
Other Cameo appearances throughout the film (in alphabetical order)
The film is based on reincarnation. It is inspired by Rishi Kapoor's 1980 Hindi 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 song of the same name. The second half of the film is inspired also by Bimal Roy's Madhumati, which was the first Hindi film that revolved around the concept of reincarnation. 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. 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.
Red Chillies Entertainment had reportedly sold the world rights for the film to Eros International for an amount between Rs. 720–750 million. 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.
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.
Deepika Padukone's voice has been dubbed by sound artiste Mona Ghosh Shetty for this film.
|Om Shanti Om|
|Soundtrack album by Vishal-Shekhar|
18 September 2007 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Shahrukh Khan & Gauri Khan|
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 he opted out of this movie, as T-Series did not agree to share the copyrights of music with him and the lyricist. The soundtrack for the film released on 18 September 2007.
|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|
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.
As a result of these collections, a worldwide gross of ₹1.50 billion (US$22 million) was accumulated.
Reception and impact
Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave the film a 4 out 5 star rating, saying "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." Khalid Mohamed of Hindustan Times gave the film 4/5 saying that the film is "A must for masala movie lovers.." Tajpal Rathore of BBC gave it 4 out of 5 stars as well 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." 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). Raja Sen of Rediff.com also gave 3.5 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."
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." AOL India gave the film 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." Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave 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." 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."
Nina Davuluri's talent for Miss America 2014 was a Hindi Film fusion dance choreographed by Nakul Dev Mahajan and performed to Dhoom Taana. It was the first time Hindi Film ever appeared on the Miss America stage and Davuluri is the first Indian American to win the competition.
Manoj Kumar's body double issue
Manoj Kumar planned to sue the makers of Om Shanti Om for showing his body double in a bad taste. 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?”. Kumar also alleged that Shahrukh Khan is communal. Later, in a press conference, Shahrukh Khan and director Farah Khan accepted their mistake and apologised for the matter. 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." 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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