Om Shanti Om

This weekend Satya and I watched “Om Shanti Om”.  We both really enjoyed the movie-the bright colors, the music, the suspense, the humor, and twist at the end.  It is an unusual movie-I think it is the first one I’ve ever seen about reincarnation.  I thought the fire scene where Om and Shanti die was very intense-I covered my eyes for that part of the movie.


The movie stretches credulity in parts.  Besides the reincarnation part, there is the transformation of Om #2.  When we first see Om #2 he is a successful Bollywood star, shallow, with an inflated ego.  Once he realizes his mission and meets his old friend and mother, he is suddenly transformed into a more mature character.  I didn’t think that was very believable.  On the other hand, the story, music, and humor swept me along so I didn’t have much time to complain.


I can’t say it had much to do with Karnataka or South India.  We just watched it for fun.  The movie did show some South Indian stereotypes. The Shanti look-alike comes from Bangalore and is ultra-modern with her carefree, irreverent attitude blowing bubblegum bubbles in everyone’s faces.  One of the song numbers poked some fun at old historical South Indian movies-the man with the bare chest, very stylized hair, two earrings and the girl wearing pants and doing different arm and leg movements.  Satya thought the cheoreography to that dance number was extremely inaccurate and too much Bollywood. 


We heard about the movie from watching the weekly Bollywood show on public television.  It is the one where viewers can request their favorite songs from popular movies.  We saw some of the songs, liked the music and the bright colors and then checked NetFlix to see if the movie was available and ordered it. 


If you are looking for an entertaining movie with humor, great song, and bright colors be sure to try “Om Shanti Om”!