Bollywood ~ Om Shanti Om (Movie / Film)

"Om Shanti Om"

Plenty of Bollywood songs, Bollywood music and Bollywood dance in this lively Bollywood movie ~ but it's not all sweetness and light; there is a darker side to it. Shah Rukh Khan stars.

Bollywood ~ 'Om Shanti Om'

When, during my teens and twenties, I was working in Birmingham city centre, I often noticed the exotic Bollywood films showing at some of the cinemas I passed ~ and I was intrigued!

Recently, Bollywood films have become more accessible to non-Indian viewers. ‘Bride and Prejudice’ was a fun film, which was enjoyed by ‘the west’. My daughter and I certainly enjoyed it.

When Shilpa Shetty went into the Celebrity Big Brother House, we were educated a little more in the ways of Indian film-making. (Shilpa has a small part in this film.)

And this evening, on TV, I watched the film ‘Om Shanti Om’ ~ so this is one of the very few 'Bollywood' movies that I have seen.


DVD + Book: 'Om Shanti Om'

Om Shanti Om Bollywood DVD With English Subtitles
Om Shanti Om Bollywood DVD With English Subtitles

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor

 

Colourful, Musical and Theatrical

‘Om Shanti Om’ is a colourful, musical and theatrical three-hour event, which includes comedy and dance, love and murder, re-incarnation and revenge. It is both light-hearted and dramatic; happy and sad; comic and tragic ~ but always hopeful ~ and it ends on a high note.

There are at least two sides to every story and this one definitely has at least two aspects.

The music will certainly have you tapping your feet and the style will be an education in Indian film escapism. The hero is good-looking, amusing and engaging, while the heroine is a real beauty. (The anti-hero is also very good-looking!)

Three hours is a long time to concentrate on a film, but this one should hold your attention ~ and it could be followed in two sittings; pre- and post-reincarnation.

If you decide to watch it, I feel that you will have a treat in store for you.

If you wish, you can purchase the music downloads and / or the DVD from Amazon. Both are available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

‘Om Shanti Om’ (2007) was directed by Farah Khan and stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shreyas Talpade, Arjun Rampal, Kirron Kher and others.

'Bollywood' !?!?

'Bollywood' is the term used for the Indian film industry, which is based in the city of Mumbai.

The former name for 'Mumbai' was 'Bombay' ~ mix that up with a bit of 'Hollywood', the feted home of great American films ~ et voila!!!

There are a number of books available on this subject, for anyone who would like to become better acquainted with it ~ plus several 'Bollywood' DVDs.

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Soundtrack - Om Shanti Om by Vishal-Shekhar

The soundtrack from 'Om Shanti Om', by Vishal-Shekhar, is also available from Amazon
The soundtrack from 'Om Shanti Om', by Vishal-Shekhar, is also available from Amazon

'Om Shanto Om' - The Music

Om Shanti Om by Vishal-Shekhar

Songs and Artists:

1. Aankhon Mein Teri by K.K
2. Dard-e-disco by Nisha
3. Deewangi Deewangi by Shaan
4. Main Agar Kahoon by Sonu Nigam
5. Jag Soona Soona Lage by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
6. Dhoom Taana by Abhijeet    
7. Dastaan-e-om Shanti Om by Shaan
8. Dard-e-disco - Remix by Dj Aqeel
9. Deewangi (rainbow Mix)     Dj Kiran
10. Om Shanti Om Medley Mix     Jackie V
11. Dastaan (the Dark Side Mix) by Chippa
12. Om Shanti Om by Vishal-Shekhar

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan (alternatively Shahrukh Khan), born in 1965, is the attractive male star of 'Om Shanti Om'. He is an Indian presenter, as well as being a 'Bollywood' actor. He has starred in a number of light-hearted musical films and also some TV series.

Khan hosted the Indian versions of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' and 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? / Are You Smarter Than a 10-Year-Old?'

Khan's recent film, My Name Is Khan, was a move in a different direction ~ into serious 'religio-political' issues ~ issues of very recent history.

Shah Rukh Khan is married to the Indian film producer, Gauri Khan. He can be seen with his wife and family here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauri_Khan

There are more details on IMDB.com
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0451321/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahrukh_Khan

Getting to Know The Star - Shah Rukh Khan

Do you want to know more about the star of 'Om Shanti Om' and other films and TV programmes?

A 2005 production, 'The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan', is 2 disc DVD set, which introduces fans ~ and others ~ to the real Shah Rukh Khan. One Amazon customer review describes it as 'absolutely magnificent'.

Disc 1 shows viewers 'The Inner World' ~ Shah Rukh Khan's New Delhi; his home and family; his school Catholic school, etc.

Disc 2 illustrates Khan's 'Outer World'. This documentary looks at his tours of U.K. and America, in 2004.

These discs give fans the chance to get to know a little more about 'the real Shah Rukh Khan'.

Bride and Prejudice - Another 'Bollywood' Romance

Bride and Prejudice
Bride and Prejudice

Starring Martin Henderson and Aishwarya Rai

 

Pride and Prejudice - The Inspiration for 'Bride and Prejudice'

Pride & Prejudice
Pride & Prejudice

Starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen

 

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G Miah 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

Great hub on a great Bollywood film.

A classic film with an original storyline! Glad you enjoyed it.

Good work.


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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thank you, G Miah ~ glad you enjoyed it! :)


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

wow! I'm amazed to see you've seen this movie and actually written a hub about it! Yes, it's so entertaining, isn't it, esp. the songs. Anyway, I really enjoyed a non indian's review of it... so thank you for sharing this... :)


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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hi myownworld :)

It was an interesting way to learn a little more about a culture that we live in England alongside. I enjoyed it :)


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goprisca 5 years ago from Bangalore

Very nice hub and you have given maximum details regarding this movie. Leave your comment on my hubs.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hi :)

Glad you liked it, Goprisca :)


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I own this movie and I really loved it. Since it flashes back to the 70's, it really makes fun of the styles of the time, as well as making fun of the movie industry in general. I love the scene where the girl asks if she does the romantic scene in the same setting better than the other people who have done the same exact thing. Also the part where they talk about how hard it is to get into the industry unless you are related to one of the stars. It also brings back many of the stars from many other films. It is a great film.

I liked My Name is Khan too, very different from a typical Bollywood movie. I wrote a review about it.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hi Millionaire Tips :)

Thanks for your comments.

Yes, it's a good film.

I'm hoping to see 'My Name is Khan' at some stage ~ I just haven't got around to it yet.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hi again :)

I forgot to mention that I have now seen 'My Name is Khan'. It's very good! Shah Rukh Khan is a very, very good actor!


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srk4you 4 years ago

I like "My Name is Khan" more than OSO. I was in high school when the movie released. I really liked it then. But whenever they air "Om Shanti Om" again on TV, it bores me. However, I really like the songs.

Seems I have met a fellow Bollywood lover, nice to meet you!


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hello srk4you :)

Thanks for commenting :)

I've only seen 'Om Shanti Om' once and I enjoyed it ~ though it is rather long.

'My Name is Khan' is about a much more serious subject, of course, so it is interesting on different levels.

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