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Om Shanti Om

Om Shanti Om is what I would typically describe as a value-for-money entertainment. The movie released to packed audiences and rave reviews around Diwali and I happened to see it over the weekend.

The first half of the movie is set in typical 1970s Hindi movie scenes and involves a junior artiste aspiring to make it big. He happens to admire the top heroine of his times and even manages to catch her attention. The heroine has her own story which is not all a bed of roses and our junior artiste overhears conversations of the heroine with another character in the movie. Things turn bad to worse for our junior artiste and his heroine. In the second half of the movie a lot of pieces in the puzzle begin to fall in place and the director has really woven the threads into a great pashmina!

Shah Rukh is at his sublime best and the star of the movie, in my honest opinion, is Deepika Padukone. Though she does not have such a meaty role (in Indian movies most often the hero takes the cake!) she lights the screen up with her radiance. Arjun Rampal, Kiron Kher and a host of others play the supporting role to the hilt. Farah Khan deserves a good deal of appreciation for getting the best out of the actors and also her direction is quite a revelation!

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable movie. My ratings for this movie would be 7.5 on a scale of 10.

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