The movie is about a junior artist named “Om Prakash” (Shah Rukh Khan or SRK) who is in love with a movie star named “Shanti Priya” (Deepika Padukone) who doesn’t know of his existence until he makes a fuss at her movie premier. He also happens to be working on the set of her current movie “Om Shanti Om” as an extra when she gets in trouble during a fire scene and he runs to her rescue. They become friends, although he mistakes her gift of gratitude ( asnow globe) as a gesture of love. When he goes to purpose to her he finds out she is secretly married to the movie’s producer. Om is crushed and spends one song in mourning for his lost infatuation. He decides to return the gift to her in the next scene and finds her in the great hall of the movie set with her husband. He leaves before he can hear the conclusion of their conversation. When the husband leaves, he sets fire to the hall with his wife locked inside. Om hears the ruckus and comes back to rescue Shanti from her prison but he is too late to save either of their lives. There is an intermission and then the film jumps 30 years into the future. Om is now a famous movie star (remarkably in the same body) with a fabulous career. He starts getting flashbacks to his previous life when he acts on a set close to the burned out set where his former life ended. Everything rushes back when he meets the former producer of Om Shanti Om who now goes by the name of Mike. Om decides to seek revenge on behalf of Shanti. The ending is a surprise unless you pay attention to the rather obvious hints as to what is going to happen.
I had a completely different idea of what the story was going to be like based on the movie’s soundtrack I had been listening to for a week before the release. The music was brilliant and I am so disappointed that the film did not live up to its potential!
In the movie, “Lucky No Time for Love,” Salman Khan (actor, producer) said a good script could make a movie successful and movies are visual mediums so the emphasis should be placed on the visual quality of a film. “Om Shanti Om” was very visually pleasing with wonderful sets but it did not have a good script. The movie appears to have been written by an unseasoned screenwriter with many self-indulgent scenes,( like the awards ceremony in the 2nd half and following celebration party with 31 Bollywood star cameos), which have nothing to do with the story. If the intent of the screenplay was to write in an extreme fiction style (popularized in the 1960’s as a way of pulling the reader out of the story), then it succeeded but I suspect this was not the intent of the author(s). It appears to be a movie that has too much to say but in the end realizes it had better get back to a solid story line or lose the interest of the patrons watching it.
Farah Khan is a brilliant Bollywood director but her magic didn’t seem to take hold of this picture like it did in the movie “Main Hoon Naa.” The costumes were beautiful but couldn’t help the terrible dialogue and forced performances. In the scene before the Dard-E-Disco clip (showing SRK 6-pack abs) the caste has about as much enthusiasm as actors in a hemorrhoid Ad.
This movie has none of the passion of “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna” or the comedy of “Baadshah” although towards the end SRK displays some of the meanness from his character in the movie “Don.” This movie was such a waste of talent for SRK; he is capable of so much more emotion especially in the darker realms of the human condition. It didn’t help that the film kept shifting genres from comedy to drama to documentary to thriller. What this movie needed was a clear direction and an editor with a big pair of scissors.