Saturday, November 10, 2007

Diwali Dhamaka – Om Shanti Om

Suno suno bhaiyon aur unke behno, hamare shehar main aa raha hain Shah Rukh Khan ka Diwali Dhamaka – Om Shanti Om. Isme ladkiyon ke aur kuch ladkon ke chahte atomic bamb Shah Rukh Khan hain. Unke saath patli kamar waali nayee phuljhari Deepika bhi hain. Aur villain ke bhoomika main hain rocket ke tarah lambe Arjun Rampal. Yehi nahin isme 31 seetaron ke ek ladee bhi hain, jo aapke suni zindgai ko chaka chanundh kardege. Toh aaye iss Diwali hamare saath seetaron ke patakhe jaalayee…

If this was 70s then this would be the best publicity in the villages and small towns of India. Actually, it reminded me of the movie scene from Swades and whatever one may say about Indian film industry, the fact is that it is one source of entertainment that has entertained Indians from all strata of life. Whether it was K L Sehgal or Dilip Kumar or Madhubala or Rajesh Khanna or Rekha or Amitabh Bachchan or from today Shah Rukh Khan or Rani Mukherjee, movie stars have always provided an escape for people from all walks of life. A child labor in Dharavi maybe working 14 hours a day to make a shirt for retail giant GAP but when he sees Shah Rukh Khan on the big screen after saving his every penny, he feels like the King himself.

This Diwali we decided to celebrate the festival with the patakhas of Bollywood. The choice was between Om Shanti Om and Savariya but the reviews made it obvious that it will be Shah Rukh who will prevail over the grandson of India’s first film family, Ranbeer Kapoor. All the publicity of the movie Om Shanti Om had made us all the more excited. We booked our tickets online and decided to goto theatre one hour in advance. We first stopped at Ricky’s (I thought they would at least serve me for free) for our dinner. We reached theatre on time, grabbed our tickets and stood in the line of all desis, which is an experience in itself. I think people in India are 10 times more civilized now then desis living here. The moment the door opened people started crossing the line to go ahead. It took me back to the days of single screen theatres in India where as soon as the ticket window would open people would start running as if Shah Rukh himself is the person issuing the ticket. Inside the theatre it was worse with people grabbing chairs worse than our politicians. Finally we were able to find some decent chairs and were able to see idiocracy of desis from the vantage point. After 45 mins of mindless Ads the movie started…

I won’t give away anything about the movie but it was indeed a Diwali Dhamaka. From the first shot till the last, it was a celebration of Bollywood. The movie had everything that every desi crave to watch. The best part of the movie was the colors, it was like watching a rangoli on screen with so lively colors of clothes and the stars themselves. The storyline though borrowed in parts from Karz (and those who don’t believe it needs to watch Karz again) was very well executed. From the bell bottoms of flabby 70s to the torn jeans of abs-induced 2007, the movie was rocking in ever sense of the way. Even though the story was unbelievable it was executed to perfection by Farah Khan. The comedy parts, the senti parts, the music, over-the-top acting, the dances, were all very integral to the storyline.

Farah Khan has indeed hit the bulls eye this time. If I thought Main Hoon Na was the worst superhit then Om Shanti Om is gonna be her best superhit movie. She has grown in leaps and bounds as a director. The camera angles, the lighting, the colors, the visuals were all stunning to say the least. She has shown that she can make a male-dominated movie with as much conviction as any other director in the country. Hats off to her!!

The music of the movie was the most rocking and yet melodious of this year. The picturization had to be good as it was Farah Khan’s movie and every song was picturized as beautifully as it could have been. My favorites were Main Agar Kahoon, which has been picturized in the style of 60s and 70s, Ajab Si, which is the most romantic number and will make girls drool over SRK’s dreamy eyes and Deewangi Deewangi, which was the most exciting number with 31 stars adoring the screen (with my favorite being Mithun Da).

This is a Shah Rukh Khan movie all the way. I think every theatre should keep the medical kit handy as many girls will faint after seeing his dreamy eyes with shirt-less abs. There were few girls sitting beside us who would almost jump on their seats whenever SRK was on screen (and believe me he is there in almost every shot). So, if you are a SRK fan then this movie will make you his a/c and if you are not then this movie has the potential to make you one. This movie required over-the-top acting and there is no better actor than SRK for that. Watch out for his over-the-top South Indian acting sequence, it will make all kind of knots in your stomach from laughing so hard. SRK may not be the best actor but his movie has proven that he is the best entertainer.

I don’t think there have been a beautiful debutant as Deepika Padukone. She is the daughter of India’s best badminton player till date, Prakash Padukone and believe me if this is how it works, every guy in India should take badminton. She is oh-la-la **whisting** **howling oooooooooooo** **drooling** *sighing** **huffing puffing** . Ok ok, I am getting over the top too but this is only in the spirit of the movie. Deepika doesn’t only looks great but she can act beautifully too. I think her eyes speak the language that only we guys can understand. Watch out Bollywood!!

Arjun Rampal as a villain is great. The role suited him to the T. I don’t think anyone could have done better than him. Shreyas Talpade was a revelation in this commercial affair and will go long way. Kirron Kher was perfect for an over-the-top-melodramatic Mom. Infact, casting of every character was just about perfect. But for me among all the special appearances the one that took the cake was none other than Akshay Kumar. He is indeed the comedy king of Bollywood and no wonder why.

I think this was the best way to celebrate Diwali by watching patakhas on the screen rather than polluting the environment by blowing them on streets.

Haan toh bhaiyon aur unke behno, agar aapko yeh review padhne main mazza aaya toh phir movie dekhne zaroor aayeega kyunki “Picture abhi baaki hain mere dost”.


Blogger ektaran said...

nothing much to say .....I want Saawariya to be a HIT & will be watching the movie for OSO....a BIG BOOOO for SRK & his chamchas...

Happy Diwali!!!

8:11 PM  
Blogger The Bhandari's said...

hmmm abb to dekhni hi pardheygee

1:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

how can you say that SRK is not the best actor :(

3:21 AM  
Blogger Moonie said...

well I like SRK's confidence, he said "diwali is mine" and also his understanding of his fans "I'm India's worst habbit" which is also true since I do think he is one of the worse actors but he has that charisma that makes me want to see ALL his movies! :) :D Jiyo SRK u rule man!

BTW, "Saawariya" reviews are soooo bad!! I guess Bansali needs reality check ;) :P

5:43 AM  
Blogger Moonie said...

btw Arjun Rampal's getup is like Prem Chopra's isn't it? Also, I am sooooo curious about Akshay's cameo, I read same point about his short but jabardast cameo in some other review too. At least tell that part na!

5:46 AM  
Blogger Riddhi said...

baaton mein teri, ajab si, ajab si aadayein hai...
ok, my start off was a a bit cheesy, but i'm excited because you've just convinced me to watch the movie as well! let me wade through this pile of rubbish called exams before...then popcorn, a DVD (if it's not still running in the movie theatres) and an invitation to you and we're all set :)

3:21 PM  
Blogger hope said...

Kya ishtyle hai post start aur end karne ka... waah! waah!

Baki pada nahi.. baad mei batayenge :P

btw, itni lambi post likhta hai koi? if yes! to why?

Ithink i better go and watch the movie.. dono mei same time hi lagega :P

9:42 PM  
Blogger Reema said...

arrey waah! ab toh im sure u miss my being online.. a post on an srk movie!! :p
as much as i want to, ill hafta read it later cuz im headed to sucky sucky law class *sniff sniff*

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u always win in updating faster than i can catch up wid ur posts:p

is review ne toh dil khus kar diya bas...
movie ka pata hit hai


6:30 AM  
Blogger Ricky said...

ektaran - I also was of the same opinions before reading the reviews but I don't think Saawariya will be as big hit as OSO. I watched OSO with no pre-concieved notions about SRK and really enjoyed it.

Happy Diwali and do tell me the review of Saawairya or maybe update your blog with that bahana :D

6:17 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

the bhandari's - Toh dekh ke batana pakka, ke kaise lagee movie :)

anks - Because for me Aamir is the best actor in the country. I am sure millions of Indians think Mithun is the best actor in the world, so for them he is. Also, I don't think even SRK would write such a positive review of the movie like I did ;)

6:21 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

moonie - Yea, for a guy with no filmi background, we all can say that he is done pretty well for himself. He is a star, no doubt.

I think Bhansali lives in his own world and so he needs some outside exposure. Like he said in one of the interviews, he doesn't like going out of his house except for making movies. Although, I loved his movie Black, I think he needs the reality check as you said. I feel bad for the newcomers though.

Yea, Arjun Rampal's get up in first half is very 70ish. I don't think I can tell Akshay's part in writing, you need to see it to enjoy it :)

6:45 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

riddhi - Thank You for starting so cheesily :D

I am glad ke ek bakra (or bakri) toh phassa...he he. I am sure you gonna enjoy the flick. Keep me in your thoughts though, while watching ;-)

hope - Chalo kisse ne toh notice keeya hamara ishtyle **sigh**

Yaar aap padhte kamm ho aur complain zayada karte ho :P

You better keep hiding kyunki bahar nikloge toh dekhna main Arjun ke tarah villainious bann jaunga :P

6:50 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

reema - You mean **not** online na :P Ofcourse, I do :-)

Reema jee ke toh classes hee khatam nahin hoti :P I will wait for your comment and watch the movie soon :D

sona - ...and I always wait for your comments :D

Thankoooo jee, you made my day :-)

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


hey bhgauu u wrote soo much!!!
ok hmm ab to time nikalana padega..

10:07 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

raingirl - He he!! Nikalo time, pehle hamara post padho phir movie dekho :D

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovely reading the review of the movie & I do think it has lived upto the expectations with the hype it created for so long...bahut bariya hai!

1:43 AM  
Blogger Moonie said...

oh well me too reviewed OSO in my new post :) :D I think the best part was the "mind it" :) sahi hai King khan he has found the right way to dig into people's pockets :) :D I heard his Red Chillies sold OSO to distributors for whopping 75crores!!! I bet everyone is making good money on this movie. Would turn out to be 2007 biggest money spinner.

Well, contrasting it with "Saawariya", I think prior success has gone to Bansali's head and he claims to be next Guru Dutt or something @ his outburst on press ... No one I met liked the movie, everyone enjoyed OSO even though story was mindless.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Reema said...

i looved it!! it was veryyy filmii.. veryy overly done, but ur right all the colours were the best part!

i also loved the comic timing, the righly put in emotions, the dialogues.. n ofcourse srk :D deepika was surprisignly quite good, though its an srk movie all the way.. i think she handled her bit well!

good decision u made to go watch it, still havnt sawariya! watta disappointment its turned out to be..

12:35 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

kalyan - Thanks Buddy !! Yea, it was a good for the hype it generated, as you said :-)

moonie - I saw and commented. I am glad you also liked the movie. We laughed so much at "Mind it" scenes, it was hilarious.

I read that Red Chillies had made a profit of 48 crores before the Premiere of the movie.

I will comment on Sawariya only after watching it but I always thought his Devdas was over-hyped too.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Ricky said...

reema - I knew you will like it :-) The movie is a celebration of movies :D

Achaa you liked SRK, mujhe toh pata hee nahin tha...he he. Deepika was oh-la-la ;)

I think you should write Sawariya review now that you have watched 15 minutes of it...ha ha

9:22 PM  
Blogger Deepak said...

hmmm...ricky late se but deekh liya...waise u written well....mast movie hai like ur post..:)

10:05 AM  
Blogger Marlee said...

I will have to watch it afta my exmas...i so want to watch it...guess wat im watching as im writing this? Memento :-O hehehhehe...can't study!!! boo hoo

12:04 PM  

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