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Take it easy - Om Shanti Om



TOO CONTRIVED: Saawariya

Genre: Comedy

Director: Farah Khan

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan,

Deepika Padukone, Arjun

Rampal, Shreyas Talpade

Storyline: A junior artiste from the 70s is reborn as a superstar to avenge the death of his lady-love.

Bottomline: Time Machine! Gets you past 150 minutes in no time!

They call it the climax for no ordinary reason. Because, by definition, it is the single highest point of the film's glory, the culmination of the great `dastaan,' speci?cally in this case: the love story. That's probably where `Om Shanti Om' stumbles, `mere dost.'

`Om Shanti Om' is a light-hearted tribute to Hindi cinema the way we know it and love it, in spite of its flaws, improvisation and implausibility. It is also an unabashed celebration of willing suspension of disbelief. Right at the very beginning when Rishi Kapoor prances on stage to the original `Om Shanti Om' from Karz, Farah de- fines where they are coming from. The audience. As fans celebrating the song and dance routines they love.

So even if she gets a Manoj Kumar duplicate chased around with a lathi, or spoofs Bhansali (a hero with multiple disabilities of eyes, ears and speech on a wheelchair with no arms to push it, spits out the flowers to bless his unrequited love on her wedding) or pulls Abhishek Bachchan's leg for his ghost appearance in `Dhoom 5' or pokes fun at SRK for doing the same thing in different movies, Farah also neatly ties it all up in the end sparing not herself either. It's almost like Farah got this great idea for a twist in the tale and just slapped it right at the end after setting it up for the great glorious revenge saga we are anticipating with all the `Karz' references.

Neat story

Honestly, we as the audience don't care too much about how the bad guy gets his cheeks kicked as long as the love story is neatly wrapped up and the `happily- ever-after' follows. This is no `Kill Bill' and revenge served cold does not dish out any feel-good factor. Besides, the bad guy is an old, lonely, harmless man now. Whatever happened to the love story the very reason we go to such movies, especially, the ones where SRK does the same thing over and over again?

That apart, the movie is a hell of a party, a bits-andpieces blockbuster strung together with a series of laughs, songs and dances. SRK shows us why he's the rock star of our times. Deepika arrives in style to stay. Shreyas with little to do is still an endearing performer and Arjun Rampal should've got a meatier role. Kirron Kher with horrible make-up in the second half gets to reprise her `Maa' role and even says exactly the same line from `Main Hoon Na.' Vishal- Shekar's score gives you goose-bumps and Farah shows Bhansali what a musical really needs apart from great music: energy, style, soul, drama and the laughs surely help.

SUDHISH KAMATH

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