Om Shanti Om
Om Shanti Om (
Hindi: ओं शान्ति ऒं,
Urdu: اوم شانتی اوم) is a
Bollywood film directed by
Farah Khan. It stars
Shah Rukh Khan and
Deepika Padukone in the lead roles as the protagonists while
Arjun Rampal and
Kirron Kher feature in supporting roles. Arjun Rampal is the antagonist in the movie. Guest appearances are made by many stars.
Set in the 1970's, Om Prakash Makhija (
Shah Rukh Khan) is a junior artist in the film industry. He and his friend Pappu (
Shreyas Talpade) are trying to become big heroes in the film industry. Om’s mother, Bela Makhija (
Kirron Kher), inspires and encourages her son to become a hero. Om’s love interest is the country's heart throb and the star of the film, Dream Girl, Shantipriya (
Om gets to meet Shanti on several occasions: first at the premiere of Dream Girl where he sneaks in after claiming he is the actor
Manoj Kumar. Finally at a film set, in which he saves her life after the set catches fire. From then on, Om and Shanti become good friends. Om sees Shanti again only this time he overhears her arguing with top producer Mukesh Mehra (
Arjun Rampal). To Om's shock, Shanti is revealed to be married to Mukesh and is also pregnant. Mukesh is adamant that their relationship is kept a secret. Mukesh also tells Shanti that he cannot officially accept this because a rich businessman is financing his upcoming film Om Shanti Om for which he requires 40 lakhs rupees. The truth is he is getting married to the daughter of the businessman. Angry and hurt, Shanti demands justice and more importantly love from Mukesh. Om heartbroken begins to avoid Shanti.
One night, Om sees Shanti being escorted to the set of Om Shanti Om by Mukesh. Much to Shanti's pleasure, Mukesh reveals he is going to cancel the film and he is going to reveal his marriage with her to the public. He also tells Shanti that he will destroy the set after they have the marriage ceremony in it. However Mukesh angered by Shanti's demands holds her responsible for his financial loss and sets fire to the set of the film with Shanti trapped inside. Om sees Mukesh drive away without Shanti and to his horror sees Shanti trapped inside screaming for help. He tries to reach her but Mukesh's guards beat him and stop him from getting to her. Soon after the set explodes killing Shanti. Om who runs for help is hit by a car owned by Rajesh Kapoor (
Javed Sheikh), a well known actor who is rushing his pregnant wife (Asawari Joshi) to a hospital. Rakesh takes him to the hospital, but Om dies on the operating table.
30 years after the incident, Om is reincarnated as Om Kapoor, son of Rajesh Kapoor, who was born right after Om Makhija died. After Om signs his next film they go on a location hunt. They choose the burnt studio and set of the film Om Shanti Om as their present shooting location. As soon as he sees the set, Om begins to remember bits of his past life. Soon after at a party he meets Mukesh Mehra, who has been a popular
Hollywood producer for the past 25 years. His past life comes rushing back to him and he has a tearful reunion with Bela and Pappu.
To avenge Shanti's death, Om decides to remake the film Om Shanti Om with Mukesh who, after some convincing, agrees to be the producer of the film. During the audition for the role of Shanti, the crew meets Sandy or Sandhya, a look-a-like of Shantipriya. Om begins to play with Mukesh's head by firstly taking him to the restored set of Om Shanti Om and then making him believe that Shanti is a ghost. However during the mind games many occurrences take place which were not planned by Om's team. Mukesh eventually comes to know about Sandy and Om's plan. He confronts Om and they begin to fight. Sandy (as the audience are led to believe) appears and talks to Mukesh about that night he killed her. She reveals details about Shantipriya's death that even Om did not know. She reveals that Mukesh returned that night to take care of Shantipriya's body, who was still alive. Mukesh buried her alive underneath the floor of the set. Om realizes that she is actually Shanti's ghost after the real Sandy enters from the front door. The ghost Shanti kills Mukesh by making a chandelier fall on him. At the end, Om sees the ghost of Shanti tearfully bid him good-bye. She runs up the stairs and disappears. It is implied that Om and Sandy (who is not the reincarnation of Shantipriya) get together in the end.
Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone as featured in Om Shanti Om
Special appearances during the song "Deewangi Deewangi" (in alphabetical order) by:
Other Special appearances (in alphabetical order) by:
Farah Khan, Mayur Puri & Mushtaq Sheikh
- Dialogue: Mayur Puri
Vishal Dadlani & Kumaar
- Cinematography: V. Manikandan
- Assistant Directors: Vaibhav Mishra, Joyeeta Chatterji, Kanika Dhillon, Pooja Desai, Parag Kalica, Arunabh Kumar, Zoa Morani
- Executive Producer: Sanjiv Chawala
- Director of Photography: V. Manikandan
- Art Director:
- Action Directors: Sham Kaushal, Aamar Shetty, Angelo Sahin
- Background Music:
- Visual Effects Studios:
Red Chillies VFX
As featured in the film: Shahrukh Khan, whom Farah Khan had earlier directed in the film
Main Hoon Na (2004) was supposed to do Happy New Year but scrapped that project to do this film.
The film's score and soundtrack are composed by the musical duo,
Vishal-Shekhar with lyrics by renowned lyricist,
Javed Akhtar. Composer
A. R. Rahman opted out of this movie, as
T-Series did not agree to share the copyrights of music with him and the lyricist.
The film is based on
reincarnation. Shooting of the film began in
January 2007 at various locations in
India. 31 of the Bollywood's stars are putting in a guest appearance for a special song in the film.
 The film was released on
Om Shanti Om is all set to create another record of sorts by going in for an unheard of 2000 prints (worldwide) release. This is the highest number of prints (including digital) for any Indian movie till date.
 Om Shanti Om has set a record of sorts as it has registered pre advanced booking of 18, 000 tickets in a chain of theatres in national capital Delhi a couple of days before the advance booking was to start.
Baba Films, production and distribution company, has offered a record Rs.110 million for the rights to the Mumbai Circuit, easily surpassing the highest amount ever paid for the territory of Rs.85 million for
Red Chillies Entertainment has reportedly sold the world rights for the film to Eros International for an amount between Rs.720-750 million.
A book titled, 'The Making of Om Shanti Om' written by Mushtaq Sheikh has been released after the release of the film. The book gives an insight about the production and happenings behind the camera of the film.
 for the film released on
2007. Indiafm.com gave the music 4 out of 5 stars saying Om Shanti Om is easily one of the most complete scores by Vishal-Shekhar and Javed Akhtar.
 The track Deewangi Deewangi has a total of 31 stars performing in it.
K.K , Lyrics:
Shahrukh Khan &
Sukhwinder Singh, Marianne, Nisha & Caralisa
Sunidhi Chauhan & Rahul Saxena
||Picturised on 31 stars
|Main Agar Kahoon
Sonu Nigam &
Shahrukh Khan &
|Jag Soona Soona Lage
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan,
Richa Sharma Punjabi Lyrics: Kumaar
Shahrukh Khan &
Shahrukh Khan &
|Daastaan-E-Om Shanti Om
Deepika Padukone &
Marianne, Nisha & Caralisa
||Remix by Dj Aqeel
|Deewangi Deewangi (Rainbow Mix)
Sunidhi Chauhan & Rahul Saxena
||Remix by Dj Kiran & Dj G
|Om Shanti Om (Medley Mix)
||Remix by Jackie V and Qudsi Hasan
|Daastaan [The Dark Side Mix]
||Remix by Zoheb, Dj Nikhil Chinappa, Dj Nawab
|Om Shanti Om (Theme Music)'
Ratings and Box office
The film was
rated as "U/A" (Unrestricted with adult accompiament) by the
Central Board of Film Certification of India
 and PG–13 by the
Motion Picture Association of America. Similar ratings were awarded in other countries such as
Australia and the
Om Shanti Om opened across 878 cinemas
 and has since grossed around Rs. 656, 500, 000 in its two week record-breaking run in India.
 The movie was a hit at the U.S box office, grossing $1.7 million in its first three days, despite opening in only 114 theatres.
. Om Shanti Om became the biggest
Bollywood movie of 2007 in the
United Kingdom, earning a total of £972, 146 (US $1, 992, 118 - INR 78, 150, 946).
 The film also collected a gross of over $19 million worldwide in the first week, including collection of $13.5 million in India and over $2 million in North America.
 To date, the film has grossed $39, 426, 031 (Rs. 157, 70, 41, 000) worldwide.
||US $382, 684
||US $26, 373
||Rs. 85, 40, 00, 000 (end of 6th week)
||US $91, 367
||US $113, 444
||US $212, 470
||US $2, 584, 716
||US $3, 597, 372
||US $39, 426, 031
Tajpal Rathore of
BBC gave four out of five stars and stated, "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."
 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."
 Raja Sen of
Rediff.com gave 3 and half stars and stated, "Om Shanti Om is an exultant, heady, joyous film reveling in Bollywood, and as at most parties where the bubbly flows free, there is much silly giggling and tremendous immaturity. You'd do well do 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."
Taran Adarsh gave movie awesome 4 out 5 star rating stating the follows " 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."
 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 Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan would love"
 Rajeev Mansad of
CNN-IBN gives Om Shanti Om 3 out of 5, stated "...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..."
. 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
Hindustan Times's Khalid Mehmood gave the film 4/5 saying that Om Shanti Om is total brainless mazaa.
 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. "
Om Shanti Om landed into a controversy with veteran actor
Manoj Kumar, for showing him (actually his body double) in a bad taste.
In the movie,
Shreyas Talpade's character (Pappu) sneaks
Manoj Kumar's movie passes to enter a movie premier. When the real Manoj Kumar (film double) shows up for the premiere, the security guards ask him for identification, for which he produces his driving license with a photograph of him covering his face (a parody to his classic style of acting). Since the Security guards do not recognize him they declare him a fraud and chase him out of the premises with their sticks.
 And then in a different scene Shah Rukh (Om Prakash Makhija) is shown giving a mock thank-you speech in a drunken state and later saying that he's Manoj Kumar.
 Offended by the sequence, Manoj Kumar contrived to sue the makers of 'Om Shanti Om'. In response he told, "Indian audiences had made Manoj Kumar into an icon ... That icon has been wounded, made fun of..... A moral action is more important than a legal action." He also said, "People who make such movies do not know the meaning of respect and decency. They are criminals."
 Manoj Kumar also 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?”
. Manoj Kumar also alleged that Shahrukh Khan is communal
Later, in a press conference Shah Rukh Khan and director Farah Khan apologised for the matter. Shah Rukh accepted his mistake and apoligised saying, "It was a mistake to overlook the fact that it might hurt anyone. I truly apologise to everyone who think I have made fun of him. Honestly speaking, I didn't mean to show anyone in a negative manner or run down anyone."
 Farah Khan even offered to cut the scene where Manoj Kumar feel that he has been hurt. "But he said not to do it or even apologise as I was like his daughter. He said, ‘Daughters maafi nahi maangti ' (Daughters don't ask for forgiveness). I told him that he could've called me and scolded me."
Later, Manoj Kumar said that though this incident has hurt him but wants to forgive, ignore and move on saying that he prefers to “see
Ram in everyone and ignore the