SPOILER WARNING: For folks who haven’t seen the movie Om Shanti Om, I am constitutionally required to warn you that this article contains a plot spoiler. But, as I am a decent human being, I admire your restraint. You’re not missing anything by not watching the movie. Read on.
“He was a junior artiste. She was a star. For some dreams, one lifetime is not enough…”
The tag line of the movie should’ve been a clue. I missed it. And I’m still regretting it. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it. Farah Khan has done a good job of “re-introducing” Shah Rukh Khan into Bollywood stardom, if you know what I mean. I haven’t seen a Hindi movie for a very long time. My last one was Guru, which I saw with Shuz back in B’lore. But before that, it had been a hiatus of almost three years. I am a bit naïve when it comes to the nuances of the language, and my best Hindi has been: “Bhaiyya, aapka sabse bada chaddi dhikao!” (Brother, show me your biggest shorts!)
You get the picture, right? (No puns intended!!)
Om Shanti Om was a bit of a shock to me initially. I took a really long time to grasp the flow of the story, and Vatson and the others were too busy laughing their asses off at the antics of SRK on the screen. The storyline was a bit too strange for my liking. Rebirth and revenge may have been a great theme back in the “Mona Darling” days of Bollywood, but now?? Well, to be fair, Farah Khan deserves a good applause for doing a decent job of it.
To my dismay, I completely lost the story when Shah Rukh Khan came back from the dead. I was half expecting him to be a zombie of some sort, and hoping against hope that Bollywood had finally entered the Zombie Movie Era. It was not to be. The movie had to be stopped at every song and explained to me by the others, who were, at one point, read to throw me out into the cold.
In the scene where SRK is going around in the dark, burnt-down theater, searching for the bad guy, the sound of a flushing toilet or a smiley face etched on the wall, or better still, the original SRK, who’d have died there popping out of the ground like a ghost would have been so cool!!!
Which brings me to my biggest question: If Deepika Paadukone can come back as a ghost in the end, why couldn’t SRK??? I’m confused!
So, the spirit of Shanti roams around in the dark theater for almost thirty years, waiting for the off chance that SRK can be reborn and drag the bad guy there to exact their revenge, and trust Farah Khan to be there at the right time to capture the event and make a decent yet soporific movie out of it.
Roam Shanti, Roam! The world is your oyster. Don’t forget to put the seat down once you flush.