Om Shanti Om—the Review

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Growing up in times of government monopoly over broadcasting which meant there was almost never anything good on the telly, one of the attractions we looked forward to was the madari and his two monkey-act. This act consisted of one of the monkeys dressed as the hero (usually called Dharmendra) wearing a hat and a small dress (a tattered version of the one SRK is wearing to the left) being made to walk and dance around a second monkey, the female character (usually called Hema Malini) who was trained to take a lipstick and daub it on “her” Narasimha Rao lips.

There was no story, no coherence, the music was simple (the “dugdugi”), the script (as spoken by the madari as he simulated the wooing of the simians) as profound as “Mujse shaadi karegi Hema ” and the directorial touches as subtle as smacks to the monkey’s bottoms whenever their histrionic abilities or artistic enthusiasm was found to be less-than-Oscar worthy.

And we loved it. It was not art. But boy was it pure entertainment.

“Om Shanti Om” is a multi-crore, hyper-dramatic celluloid venture that is, at its heart , a big budget version of this monkey-act, where plot, originality, character and almost every other thing that defines cinema pales into insignificance in the presence by one master simian—-Shahrukh Khan. For the past fifteen years or so, Shahrukh Khan has developed a singularly effective bag of near monkey-like “tricks” —the lip-curling, the hamming, the hair adjusting, the petulant baby-expressioning which he unleashes, movie after movie, regardless of the character he is playing. And while for a few this may compromise their cinematic experience (the fact that SRK plays a college kid and Samrat Ashok in exactly the same way), for most of the paying public the “acting continuity” is exactly what they come to see—everything else can take a hike.

A fact attested to by the middle-aged aunty sitting in front of me at the Laurel theatre who in a gasp that was halfway between a giggle and an orgasmic whimper told her friend—“Main to aayi hoon sirf mere Shahrukh ke liye”.

Farah Khan is one of India’s smartest commercial film-makers. She simply gives the audience the thing that they most adore—-Shahrukh Khan, erect nipples, exposed navel, butt-cleavage, six-packs — the whole package. The rest of the movie she then constructs as a gigantic prop to transition Shahrukh from one “trick” to another as fast as possible. However if she had just done this and left it at that, “Om Shanti Om” would have been an “Aap ka Suroor”, where Himesh tries to do a Shahrukh with unintentionally hilarious consequences.

What Farah Khan adds to “Om Shanti Om” making it such a mega-powerful product (note I do not use the word “film” here) is the visually extravagant, often gaudily spectacular sets, the whacky self-referential humor that is sometimes genuinely laugh-out-loud funny (alas only too brief in comparison to its running time) and the full unleashing of Bollywood’s awe-inspiring star-power as crystallized in the 31-star item number, reminiscent of “John Johnny Janardhan” of “Naseeb” (to be truthful, the 31 while including supernovae like Mithun-da and Dharam-paaji and Jumping Jeetu and a blouse-slipping-off-the-shoulder Rekha Aunty, also had in its roster some asteroid belt debris like Zayed Khan and Aftab Shivdasani who I am sure had to wash all the plates for the after-shoot dinner so as to justify their presence in the song).

Add to this the canny peddling of “Om Shanti Om” CDs during the Twenty20 World Cup by vampire lord, Count Drarukh Khan, the marketing tactic of having Deepika Padukone and SRK attend the India-Australia 2020 game and the free pre-release buzz that it gave “Om Shanti Om” and you have to bow your head to the genius of the Farah Khan team.

Cause make no mistake. Om Shanti Om is less a movie and more a product, directed at entertaining a powerful demographic, adroitly marketed and packaged and guaranteed to provide handsome profits to all its investors.

So did Om Shanti Om entertain me—- a heterosexual male who derives no unnatural pleasure from looking at SRK’s peekaboo low riders and his almost-alien torso ?

Suffice to say that given a choice between Shahrukh Khan’s “butt cracking” “Dard-e-disco” and the simple innocence of the male monkey from days gone by shaking his red bottom and turning cartwheels to the madari’s “I am a Disco dancer” in front of his pouting mate, I would gladly plump for the latter.

Everytime.

[This review should not be taken as an endorsement of cruelty to animals. Monkey picture courtesy here.
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117 thoughts on “Om Shanti Om—the Review

  1. “Shahrukh Khan, erect nipples, exposed navel, butt-cleavage, six-packs ”
    without first and last point, still it would be a good package.

  2. Great post GB,and for the first time I am the first to comment:-), But you have been too harsh, compare it with Saawariya and it should get Oscar.

  3. “For the past fifteen years or so, Shahrukh Khan has developed a singularly effective bag of near monkey-like “tricks” —the lip-curling, the hamming, the hair adjusting, the petulant baby-expressioning which he unleashes, movie after movie, regardless of the character he is playing. And while for a few this may compromise their cinematic experience (the fact that SRK plays a college kid and Samrat Ashok in exactly the same way)”

    I couldn’t agree more with you – especially about acting different roles. I just don’t see what SRK, the pitsy little guy, has. He’s such a drag on Hindi movies.

  4. Both Deepika Padukone and SRK came to ogle at the cricketer’s butts, I think. DP was successful in wooing 2 of them. Poor old SRK was left in the lurch.

  5. The comparison to the madariwala’s show is a bit harsh, but yeah, true to an extent! Erect Nipples, Butt Cleavage of SRK would surely have blinded me like lookin straight into the Diamond Ring on a Solar Eclipse..so ..NO I didn’t look at those parts of SRK’s anatomy…Considering Om Shanti Om as a product, not a film…what the Fish!! I really don’t care coz I was entertained through and through. And Deepika, as I said before, she came ,I saw, SHE CONQUERED.

  6. Arnab,

    I haven’t seen the movie yet… However, I was led to believe by Raja Sen’s review (I do enjoy his reviews) that this movie was made tongue firmly in cheek; it was Bollywood’s attempt to laugh at itself. SRK is supposed to have made fun of everybody-including himself.

    And you’re spot on about Farah Khan- she’s really smart. Now I am inclined to think, even her earlier venture was made with the tongue firmly in cheek (she plays to the gallery as well… but in a self-depreciatory way). Mr. Bhansali, on the other hand, is the very antithesis of Farah, – he is deluded (& is not aware of it), takes himself too seriously, and is at the TOP of the ‘over the top’ list – he is hopefully brought down to earth after what ‘Saawariyan’

  7. hey GB that was a bit too harsh… i do agree its a product but tell me GB which film is not a product… it has always been a huge debate;
    ART vs PRODUCT… what is art, what is not
    i guess every film is a product; just the target audience is different…
    and its not very harmful to hog on SRK’s body than to drink coke…
    one thing which i’m really enjoying these days is male nudity… i know its very stupid but its gr8 to see DP’s cleavage and SRK’s in the same film… both screaming; i’m the best, the most desired; buy me… makes me laugh 🙂

  8. GB,
    Saturday 9PM show at Laurel was sold out; none in the disappointed crowd went for Saawariya. I was one among those and planned on a weekday viewing, now I’m having doubts..

    Giri

  9. not at all, if you hadnt watched the movie with the intention of writing a smart review, you would probably have enjoy it more. To take your its-a-product analogy further, it was never positioned as an intelligent product (or cinema if you will). And if by purchasing 3 tickets to a cricket match he could get 30 minutes of airtime (or talktime) then he would be a fool to pass it by.

  10. “also had in its roster some asteroid belt debris like Zayed Khan and Aftab Shivdasani” – awesome line GB, how do u come up with such lines -simply hilarious
    I agree with other viewers that it’s bit harsh with monkey/madari analogy..but hey i would read GB’s review more for sarcasm and ripping aprt the bollywood.
    The reason SRK has become such a phenomenon over the years or i would say a product with a limited acting capability is,there are three kind of people who wuld watch his movies,

    SRK lovers: they will watch it no matter what..just like middle aged aunties (prolly gets more orgasmic pleasure than she can actually get in a “real” act)

    SRK haters: they would love to watch it just so they can even hate him more.

    Regular bunch: they will see to get some entertainment because..well then there always is “Sawariyan” as an option

  11. “Om Shanti Om is less a movie and more a product, directed at entertaining a powerful demographic, adroitly marketed and packaged and guaranteed to provide handsome profits to all its investors.”

    Totally agree with that. Wonder how long Gayrukh Khan will do these roles.

  12. “Farah Khan is one of India’s smartest commercial film-makers. She simply gives the audience the thing that they most adore—-Shahrukh Khan, erect nipples, exposed navel, butt-cleavage, six-packs — the whole package.”

    — ROFL!! I shudder at the prospect of such utter grotesque images!! I haven’t seen the movie… but I really don’t want to watch a softcore horror movie hehehe!

  13. @Nirmalya: Thanks. The thing is that Deepika Padukone just didn’t do it for me. Acting wise, there is nothing in OSO for anyone. Lookswise we all have different button-points and Ms. Padukone didn’t press any of mine.

    @MIT: I am sure he would. But the first and last point make him exceptional.

    @Anon: Thank you. But why should we compare it to just “Saawariya’? Just because they released on the same date. I have to see “Saawariya’ before I can compare the two.

    @Chandra: To be honest, I actually loved SRK’s screen presence once upon a time (in a totally Platonic way) Yes I was a fan—I thought “Ram Jaane” was awesome (Yeah I know !). However SRK became a prisoner to his own image and simply refused to step out of his “comfort zone”. He can still provide a superlative performance (“Swades”) or even a decent one (“Chak De India”) but these are too few and too far between.

    @Vivek: Two of them? Dhoni is one..who is the other? Or does Dhoni and his now-lost hair count as two persons?

    @Sujoy: Solar rings…wow. Heavenly body indeed. Thanks

    @Ravi: I would disagree with Raja Sen. As I have mentioned in my review, OSO does have genuinely funny moments of Bollywood-parody when it makes fun of the “images” of established stars and those of times gone by and does an awesome job of it (I detect traces of Sajid Khan in those parts). However the movie as a whole i.e. the main plot line, is not a tongue-in-cheek jab at established Hindi movie conventions (Jaan-e-mann though not perfect did a far better job of this) but perhaps more accurately a canny packaging of a whole lot of hoary cliches in a SRK giftwrap without apology or self-deprecation.

    @Sriram: LOL. Yeah now I am a racist.

    @V: I have no problems in a movie being a product. My crib is when it is *only* a product. OSO is a fairly attractive product—my point is that there is absolutely nothing novel or artistic or anything of any cinematic worth in it (except for some stray moments of genuinely funny humor).

    @Giri: I saw it 5:15 Sunday at Laurel. While aunties and uncles and desi teens pushed and shoved and jumped places in the OSO line, the Saawariya line was just three or four people standing around —and I presume they were there because they saw OSO on Saturday itself.

    @Poles:

    “not at all, if you hadnt watched the movie with the intention of writing a smart review, you would probably have enjoy it more.”

    Absolutely. Maybe if you had read my review without the ghantis of SRK-worship echoing in your brain and in other places, you would have understood what I was trying to write.

    “And if by purchasing 3 tickets to a cricket match he could get 30 minutes of airtime (or talktime) then he would be a fool to pass it by”

    Did I say it was a crime to do so? BTW, in case you didnt get it the investment of OSO is not in SRK or Deepika’s tickets but in their time…the time to watch the game.

    @Rishi: But he is soo cute nah?Androgyny is good—you attract more people.

    @Greatgujju: Thanks. Pity you found it harsh—as I said please do not think that I detest SRK. I still like him in the movies in which he dares to step out of his cocoon, there is a natural warmth to him that Salman Khan or Aamir Khan lacks.

    @Kailas: 🙂

    @Akhil: For many many more years to come.

    @Akasuna no Sasori: Sorry for no mention of the plot in the main review. And that can be because unlike Aap Ka Suroor whose plot was stupendously interesting in terms of its utterly unintentional comic originality, the plot of OSO is very standard and predictable—Subhash Ghai did it much better so many years ago in “Karz” with more believable performances and most importantly music that still gives one goosebumps. Because of this, any mention of the plot totally slipped my mind.

    @Supremus: Softcore horror heh.

  14. @He-who-calls-me-bangabandhu,

    Yes and now let me thank God’s bounty.

    @bengal vs maharashtra wrt freedom struggle…let’s not even go there….so imho your PS is the other way around.

    Is this a fair thing to say? What is the proof of this?

  15. First of all, let me say first thing first… I am always amazed how you find perfect picture for each post. Couldn’t have been better and review bang on target. Yet to see the movie though, but looking forward to it 🙂

  16. The movie is supposed to be pretty self-referential, will have to check it out. Great review. And yes, please do a post on Jumbo being appointed capo… 🙂

  17. SRK has become like Pakistan. I wish to never see him or run into him but more I ask people to keep him out of my sight, more important it becomes. So from now on I pledge to not comment on any SRK related post on this or any other blog.

    Peace.out.

  18. Hahaha… you have summed it up very nicely. It wasn’t a film, but it entertained me, more in a circusian manner. I loved the part where Prabhuji slaps SRK lightly on the back of his head, berating him, and shows him how to actually do the disco! Wanted to see Bapi Da do more “tricks” rather than just ‘singing’ “OK OK”.

  19. Looks like you are on a mission, but once more dear GB, SRK is hot, sexy, and a brilliant actor. His eyes and lips are to die for. I know you term women lusting after SRK as ‘middle aged aunty’…so be it.

  20. @Rishi, There is nothing androgynous about that photograph or SRK, it’s optical illusion combined and your inability to percieve male sexuality (I am naturally assuming you are straight).
    Thanks for SRK’s photo GB, made my day.

  21. oh come on, you’re being to harsh on SRK. give him some credit.. 15 yrs usne jhak nahi maari. as a producer of the film, he knew exactly what the (majority) audience wants. good marketing, excellent product.
    i mean ok yeah.. this film will never be short listed for an oscar. but seriously… its 100% paisa vasool entertainment.
    SRk gets to ham like anything, although kiron kher was a bit annoying… but we love him. at least i do! 🙂

  22. yes, sang.froid he has been there for 15 years and it’s no joke, I personally think SRK is way better than his contemporaries, specially aamir Khan who takes himself too seriously.

  23. @GB – thanks a ton for the review….now, I’m gonna forward this to a bunch of my friends 😉

    @Aditi – gal….you seem to be a die hard fan of SRK….just like one of my friends here at work… 😀

  24. Aditi wrote:
    @Rishi, There is nothing androgynous about that photograph or SRK, it’s optical illusion combined and your inability to percieve male sexuality (I am naturally assuming you are straight).

    Rishi’s response:
    Aditi…optical illusion…possibly….but SRK needs to work on his cleavage more..:) Will help in the illusion.

  25. @Rush me: Yes, absolutely from Fauji days my first crush….a crush that never ended.

    @Rishi Seems like you really don’t know much about cleavage and all. It appears you are a very inocent individual.

  26. Your post is funny, but it appears your understanding of cinema is rather myopic and limited, if I daresay.
    IMHO, to understand cinema, there has to be an ability to understand and assimilate all perspectives and then comment on them. For instance, your insistence in defining only certain types as “acting” or “story” or “film” for that matter sounds rather immature.

    The fact that we sometimes don’t have the maturity or the perspective to understand a particular type of cinema doesn’t make it bad cinema. As Aamir Khan said in his blog, I just didn’t get Memento, hence I won’t endorse it but I won’t call it bad cinema.

    But anyways, I agree that you have the right to express your opinion based on your perspective, my contention is in making it so definitive, as if this is what the truth is.

  27. Arnab, leave Rekha Aunty out of this supernovae business – if Sophia Loren at 70 can pose nude for a Pirelli calendar – what is the pareshani with Rekha Aunty’s blouse slip?

    Besides we totally owe her a token appearance in every film for the horror that was Aishwarya as “Umrao Jaan”!

    As for SRK, he doesn’t do it for me, but then barring Akshay Kumar, none of the sorry lot in present day Bollywood do.

  28. @Vikas: You know you have been seeing too much of SRK when you post comments on the wrong thread in response to a comment that was written many months (perhaps even more than a year) ago on another post.

    @Nishit: Thanks

    @An Ideal Boy: I wish it was a product even quarter as successful as the Khan’s. Jumbo..mmm

    @Tapan: Thanks

    @Manu: But is he a dictatorship?

    @ArSENik: I loved it too.

    @Aditi: Yes I am on a mission against reptilian abs and peekaboo male ass cleavage. As to whether his lips are to die for—I shall reserve my judgment.

    @Akanksha: 🙂

    @Anonymous: Thanks

    @Sang.Froid: Yes I can see that you love him. And true love never dies, even in the face of fifteen and even fifty years of predictable monotony.

    @Rush-me: Please do.

    @Andy: When you say my understanding is myopic and limited and me as a person immature dont you think that it may be your understanding of my review that could be myopic and limited and borne out of your own immaturity, going by your astute logic? I dont see you saying “I do not endorse your review but you must have your reasons”—which is what you should have said had you lived by your own principles. Which you obviously do not.

    @Sam: No I cannot. And I shall not.

    @Thalassa: Why should I not call her that? She *is* a supernova and it just happens to be the anti-gravity waves she generates from her shoulders that blow down her blouse. Incidentally, there is a mighty funny cameo by Akshay Kumar in this movie.

  29. Aditi wrote:
    @Rishi Seems like you really don’t know much about cleavage and all. It appears you are a very inocent individual.

    Rishi’s response:
    That is true. I am very innocent.

  30. GB, Reptilian abs, ok you are welcome to your perceptions but wait. What are you telling me? We actually get any glimpse of his ass? Really! Wow! Can’t wait for the dvd to come out, buy and watch everyday 😛

  31. @ Arnab : A review about OSO couldn’t have been more appropriate. Spot on !!! 🙂

    However,I have a feeling, it would have been even better had you included a take on the storyline as well.

    The description (definition rather) of SRK is the most precise one I’ve come across till date.

    And, in the end, I would like to ask you the same question that you have been asked so many times already – Where on earth do you get such excuisite photos?

    @ Aditi :
    I know you die for SRK. I hate to say this to you but I believe you believe everyone is entitled to like/dislike someone. As a complete actor I would on any given day prefer Aamir Khan to SRK. Aamir may have been doing fewer number of films compared to SRK but in every movie he comes up with a different kind of role. May be he is too methodical and at times too serious but he has acted in a much wider range of roles than SRK. However, SRK has done some unconventional roles in the beginning of his career (Darr, Maya Memsaab etc), and that too quite successfully but once he atarted getting big banners like the Chopras and the Johars, he has made himself kind of stereotyped. It was a refreshing change to see him in a novie like ‘Chak de India’.

    If and only if box-office records over a long time are taken into consideration to rank actors, I’m sure statistics will prove there is no match for Anil Kapoor.

    P.S. I’m not an Anil Kapoor fan.

    Cheers !!!

  32. GB – you are one phunny mother lover..you should pen a movie, seriously.
    many would watch. really.
    unsolicited suggestion – you write the script, post it on the blog, ask readers, if like, fund picture. money ready – advertise on blog for actors, directors, etc..
    during bacation, make picture. release online.
    picture hit, i guarantee. you famous.
    i rove to your bush.

  33. @ Aditi : I didn’t forget Swades. It’s just that I felt the character of Mohan Bhargav was not a very challenging one to fit into. No doubt the concept was innovative and SRK as well as the movie were good but then I believe any actor could have played that role. For example, Ajay Devgan or Abhishek Bachchan could have portrayed the character with the same , if not more, ease. I thought Asoka’s was a more challenging role than Mohan Bhargav’s but then Asoka was a disaster and let’s not talk about that.

  34. @ravi: I haven’t seen the movie either, but from the interviews etc. that’s the impression I got – that this was meant to be Bollywood laughing at itself. Even Farah’s first movie ‘Main Hoon Na’ was something similar – a funny look at a typical bollywood masala movie. It had all the standard elements – separated brothers (named Ram and Lakshman at that!), widow mother, deathbed wishes, saving the country from disaster, college romance, etc. So to enjoy a movie like that whether you consider it a spoof or take it at face value becomes the key. Those who did the latter rejected it because to them it seemed like just another hackneyed plot from the 70s. But those who viewed it as a spoof enjoyed it precisely because of all those references to 70s plots.

    I guess OSO is similar – except it makes fun of not only a typical bollywood potboiler but also the industry itself. But whether you enjoy it or not depends on the same factor mentioned above.

    And absolutely agree on Bhansali. There is nothing more irritating than a director who takes himself seriously. What a piece of crap ‘Black’ was.

  35. @Debolin, Yes each to their own but for Swades Devgan or Jr AB….maybe am biased but I really can’t think of them in SRK’s place. I agree Aamir is not a bad actor, his problem is he takes himself too seriously. Even with my undying love for SRK I have to admit that Asoka was simply awful.

  36. Mohan, a spoof keeps an explicit distance between the connective tissue (the story) binding the movie and the spoof scenes. So, in effect the film maker sits with the viewer with a beer and laughs at the world being spoofed. That distance is necessary for the genre to work. IMHO Farah Khan has failed in achieving this separation.

    GB when do we get a review on the other great contribution to gender equality? Thats a lot more insane by the way, its like Anita Desai novel. a Ravi Shashtri innings, or movies in dark dingy halls with names like ‘nadan jawani’.. time goes by, birds fly , nothing much happens

  37. GB, where is “the review” in the above article?!

    There’s hardly even a paragraph pertinent to the movie. You do write witty, but covering some material in a claimed “review” will be welcome.

    As you rightly observed, Shahrukh has developed a singularly effective bag of “tricks” and the movie is a gigantic prop to let him transition from one “trick” to another as fast as possible.

    Yes, that is a nice summary, just avoid the same from happening to your blog.

  38. @Aditi:

    I was beginning to warm to your obvious liking of SRK, till you suddenly decided to go loco and compare him to Aamir.

    Let’s keep the topic to your obvious, if rather juvenile crush on him and we will all smile indulgently. Start comparing in acting stakes, and that too with someone like Aamir, and you betray your childish ignorance of cinema.

    So my dear, hush!

  39. @ Mohan

    Agree with you- that’s an interesting point.

    @ GB

    I’d watched the movie yesterday after reading your review. It’s an odd way of putting it- but the movie was a mix of your review and Raja Sen’s review. Probably as Mohan commented, there are indeed two different perspectives one can take… treat the movie as a spoof or take it at face value. But having seen/read a lot of SRK interviews, I’m inclined to think this guy is an interesting mix of arrogance and self-depreciation- it’s as though at one level he knows he’s a superstar, yet on a different level he’s aware that’s he’s just plain lucky. And the movie attempts to mirror precisely that- pays tribute and makes fun in the same breath.

    OSO, with its wafer thin plot and story line, didn’t work as a movie for me either. May be that’s because of the Manmohan Desai angle as against a Guru Dutt/Satyajit Ray angle.

  40. @somak: But what if the entire movie, including the story, is a spoof? The question of keeping the story separate from the “spoof scenes” doesn’t arise in that case.

  41. @Shan, When did I pose to be an authority on cinema?

    Thanks for your indulgent smile and nurturing my juvenile side. I did not compare them as actors at all, I only stated I am not a fan of Aamir, as a matter of fact I acknowledge the fact that he is a good actor just not my favorite. I was simply mentioning personal taste.

    Talking of absurd crushes, seems like someone has a crush on Aamir, they way I got reprimanded for mentioning his name….Baapre.

  42. Not at all Mr. Ray, not at all.

    I have posted here because you are not responding to messages on THAT post. That is the only reason I am writing this on this post. I am well aware that is not the right one, BUT I am curious and can see that I won’t get a response if I write on that thread. So what other option do I have=and if even if it is many months old, what’s wrong with the question?

    Are all questions supposed to be recent?

  43. I had immense respect for you and still have the same. Your blogs have always been quite a mirror of the present society. But I was really irked by the manner in which you were busy reviewing Om Shanti Om when hundreds had been killed in Nandigram and their bodies set on fire in a brick klin in Khejuri. Well I know, for someone sitting miles away from the country for years in the cool confines of one’s office or home, it is not expected that his heart would bleed for the plight of people from his home state, but atleast one can abstain from celebrating by watching movies when one’s motherland is up in flames.I would like to inform you that intellectuals, film-makers, writers, footballers and various other people from the artist field have taken to the streets protesting on the indiscriminate butchering and senseless atrocities on the Nandigram people,whose magnitude we can’t even think about. Mahashweta Devi, Aparna Sen,Rituporno Ghosh, Goutom Ghosh, Kabir Suman, Anjan Dutta, Nachiketa, Shirshendu Mukherjee, Joy Goswami, Subhaprasanna, Bibhas Chakroborty, Bratya Basu, Sanatan Dinda, Parambrata Chatterjee, EastBengal coach Subroto Mukherjee, Mamata Shanker, Fossils lead sinder Rupam Islam, Chandrabindoo lead Anindo, Bidipta Chakroborty and a whole lot of others have not only boycotted ‘killer’ Buddha’s pet project,the 13th Kolkata Film Festival but also joined in anti-government agitations. The legendary poet Sonkho Ghosh joined in their rally to express solidarity with them and described the film festival as “bivotsho moja”(dangerously funny), the sarcasm being quite apparent. The above names are not just names but sums up a wide cross-section of the state’s intelligensia and elite. The only person who has shown dissent to these protests is Soumitro Chatterjee,[ edited out by GB: libelous accusation]
    Even Medha Patekar who had been taking relief material to the riot torn village, was blocked by CPM goons and the WB police together, although the traetment meted out was much better when the last time she was pulled out of the car by the hair , slapped and had her windscreen broken down.
    Where are we heading and what image is being made of our state elsewhere. As yesterday I was watching a Hindi channel Aaj Tak, they repoted that-“Yehi hai bangal ka savya samaj ka asli tasvir” and showed a number of discomforting videos….What a shame…………
    Seeing the state-wide backlash against the government, if you feel the govt would go, you have clearly mistaken. Being an engineer and having some friends in Webel, the government’s IT office, I have come to learn that the EVMs are made by them in such a way that irrespective of which party you vote for, 20 votes would go to the CPM after which 1 vote would go to the opposition, and this ratio varies from machine to machine.
    I hope you would be liberal to publish my writing and not reject it in the manner in which opposing voices(not necessarily opposition parties) have been throttled in West Bengal…….

    What a shame…….

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  45. @Aditi:

    You get reprimanded not for mentioning Aamir’s name but doing so in comparison with SRK. If the difference is not clear, then there’s no point really…

  46. Hilarious post…and yet another save from a seemingly horrid movie…watching this and Sri Lanka’s Test hammering in one day would be way too much to handle…

    But tell…wat are the GOOD new Hindi movies out?

  47. “ghantis of SRK-worship echoing in your brain and in other places” – when you decided to watch the movie – what were you thinking? a satyajit ray? and try and not get vulgar if it is not too much of an effort.

  48. @Aditi: Yes you get a glimpse of his ass cleavage. This is not the same as a glimpse of his ass. And I dont know why I am even having this conversation.

    @DeboLin: The story. Yes I forgot to put that in.

    @Kautilya: Yep good idea. Now if only the people who read would put up money for making the movie.

    @Joyjit: Genuinely funny? Where? Arjun Rampal’s beaver haircut? The “revenge” that dragged on? I have acknowledged the isolated moments of really good humor but they do form a very small portion of this overlong movie.

    @Somak: If you mean “Sawariyaaaa..” I suggest waiting.

    @SKDB: 🙂

    @S.Pyne: hardly a paragraph pertinent to the movie?

    @Shan:

    “Let’s keep the topic to your obvious, if rather juvenile crush on him and we will all smile indulgently. Start comparing in acting stakes, and that too with someone like Aamir, and you betray your childish ignorance of cinema.

    When you imply that “anyone who thinks Aamir Khan’s acting is over-rated (in comparison to SRK) is betraying a childish ignorance of cinema”, are you not yourself sounding a bit like a quick-to-be-offended Aamir Khan fan —which I am sure you do not want to be perceived as? Putting it in another way, preferring Aamir over SRK does not reveal a great knowledge of “cinema” just as preferring SRK over Aamir does not reveal an ignorance of it.

    @Anonymous: Heh.

    @Vikas: Yeah right. I would have accepted your statement if you had made it *while* you made your first comment. Incidentally, I think you should be told a few things.

    —One of the points mentioned in the FAQ is to I have a right to remove comments that are wayy off topic. When you comment here, (this is not a public space but my blog) you implicitly agree to my TOS. Note I have not removed your comment. I merely choose not to reply to it.

    —Which brings me to the second point. I have a right not to reply to a comment. Specially when its on a very old topic.(I think that answers your question—if I kept answering topics on old posts, I would never be able to make new posts–far less do my day job) And even more so when the commenter in question is itching for a fight.

    I hope we are on the same page regarding this.

    @Anthony: Thanks

    @Poles: Vulgar? The vulgarity is in your mind dear. No I am not expecting a Ray. I am expecting to be “entertained”. And I was not. And I state that. Which part of it gets your goat?

    @Sriram: Whats your point? Where did the anti-Semitism come in? Wikisharma’s “racism” I got with regards to Symonds being called a monkey.

    @Shovon Roy:

    Sir,

    Do try to get a few things into your head.

    1.”I had immense respect for you and still have the same. Your blogs have always been quite a mirror of the present society. But I was really irked by the manner in which you were busy reviewing Om Shanti Om when hundreds had been killed in Nandigram and their bodies set on fire in a brick klin in Khejuri.”

    Well why are you sir, when you are so bristling with hurt and indignation, commenting on my blog—should you not be there in the brick kilns of Khejuri where “hundreds” (some actual references to the hundreds would have been welcome) are being burnt, saving them? If you arent and if you are having your dinner and going to work why do you expect me to be different? And unlike you I am not wearing any political mask nor trying to be hypocritically sanctimonious.

    2. What you have said about Soumitro, a legend, is plain and simple libel with no proof whatsoever. (I have edited out that vile portion) That you choose to say such a horrible thing, without a shred of evidence, against one of the most respected artists alive today just goes to show what you are and what your idea of civilized discourse is—anyone who doesnt agree with you is automatically made the subject of the most foulest of innuendo.

    3. I have kept your comment but I repeat what I have already done in another context. I have the right to remove comments that are off-topic. That does not mean I am moderating your opinion.

    Realize that this webspace is my very own. It is not a wall in Calcutta that you can deface with your political graffiti. Kindly try to purge yourself of this sense of self-entitlement to other people’s spaces, a sense from which you assume that I am obliged to carry your political message for the sake of “free speech”. In the future, I will remove your political comments unless it is germane to the topic being discussed. You are however free to labor under the miasma of martyrdom that your “writing” is being suppressed, if it makes you feel good.

    4. I do not comment on the other content in your comment. Why? Well a) this is not the place for it b) I refuse to engage myself in verbal conflict with someone who stoops to libel and unsubstantiated innuendo (like the one you made about the WB government based on your friends at WEBEL).

  49. @Aditi

    “yes, sang.froid he has been there for 15 years and it’s no joke, I personally think SRK is way better than his contemporaries, specially aamir Khan who takes himself too seriously.”

    Ditto the part of Aamir taking himself too seriously.

    @Shan

    Are you the one (He – the only one ??? 🙂 ) amongst the throes of “intelligent” cinema going audience who go weak in the knees when watching Aamir’s “Breakdown scene at the table” in Rang De Basanti ? If you are, you will NEVER understand what SRK’s magic is all about.

    @GB

    I, sort of, expected this review from you. 🙂 I beg to differ, however.

    Om Shanti Om and SRK, marketing or not, need to be applauded in attempting to bring a certain kind of humor to the big screen under the guise of commercial cinema. SRK has always been saying “a lot of our cinema is escapist cinema” and it matters to him that many an average person goes to the theatre to seek this escapism. He makes films for them. OSO is an attempt to this escapism with a dash of humor and a dash of attitude.

    OSO fails, though, because of the fact that Farah Khan holds it back. It could have been madder .. much, much madder (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom had the same problem).

    SRK is usually criticised for being hammy and mainstream, but there is an effortlessness to his acting that none of the other star-actors can match .. (Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar come very very close, though).
    Aamir Khan, makes it visible (maybe not intentional, thats just him), that he IS ACTING and a group of people can argue that when you can “see” somebody acting, how can that be termed acting ? It all boils down to who does one want to see on the screen more than the other, and in that, I think both SRK and Aamir stand shoulder to shoulder.

  50. thank you GB for being so understanding 🙂
    was never his fan, its only after watching swades that i fell in love. i realized that there’s a lot more to him than just being rahul.
    he is so full of himself, but when you watch or read his interviews, you cannot help but admire him for the way he justifies his actions and choices. he’s very sharp and clever, knows exactly what he’s doing.. what works and what doesnt.
    i think i can go on and on about him.. i’m not in love with im like those aunties. i just love him for what he was..is.. and has become. phenomenal.
    ok.. i’m done.

  51. I guess, people are really harsh on Shahrukh Khan. He himself claims that he is not a good ACTOR. He is an entertainer. And boy, he is good at it.
    Sample this statistic.

    Shahrukh Khan has won Filmfare Award for the Best Actor 6 times, just second to 8 times by Dilip Kumar. While he has never won a National Award. Why? Because National Award is for acting (which probably he doesn’t do!) while Filmfare Award reflects the perception of people, how much they were entertained.

    Down South too, isn’t Rajnikant who is the super star, and not Kamal Hassan who is indeed the best actor in India.

  52. Here is what i loved :
    Manoj Kumar Sequence ( Where he shows his licence )
    Suraj Barjatya Gig ( Penning Down the dialogues uttered by SRK )

    Thanks,
    Tarzan

  53. GB,

    This is harsh. At least appreciate the genuine attempts (lot of successful ones) at comedy.

    This is the first ever movie of SRK that has some comic elements in it. Right from the beginning, the filmy Ma Kiron Kher, the dialogues of SRK as junior artiste (e.g. Bhago), poking fun at Manoj Kumar, Deepika’s opening line (bhagwan ke liye..), dude SRK with the plot before Dard-e, fun at badjatyas, super comic filmfare (Akshaya Kumar shooting, junior bachhan cursing etc).. there are just so many moments that are totally non-serious and do not attempt to make audience believe that they are passing any messages…

    music is fantastic.. i cant stop listening crazy lyrics of dard-e (rhymes disco with chabbis ko and also with San francisco with chorus singing something “lets go”).. what else do you need

    I do not particularly like SRK, but man.. this is typical bollywood with a lot of dhamaal.. reminds of good ol govinda days.. saw a bunch of americans in hall.. their kids jumping up and down with dard-e

    this is what bollywood is.. totally unreal plot, comic dialogues, very colorful, foot tapping music, fast paced uncoordinated script..

    will seriously recommend the movie to anyone

  54. it would be remiss not to mention great songs and singers:

    notice Javed Akhtar with some beautiful lines like “dil ko bana de jo patang sansein yeh teri woh hawayein hain” sung equally beautifully by Kay-Kay.. its amazing the same guy wrote dard-e.. what span of lyrical talent!!!

    As always great performance by Shaan in Daastan e OSO.. not a typical Shaan song but he had put so much voice in it.. notice the opening baritone “Sunane waalon..” for long I thought its not Shaan

    And above all Sukhwinder Singh with gallons of energy and punjabi folk voice in Dard-e.. sheer magic

    go watch this movie.. it is the best entertainment 10 bucks will buy for a long time

  55. What is this about Kamal Hasan being the best actor in India! Some people have got this stupid notion , but stop insulting the talent of many great actors by pontificating Kamal’s greatness.

  56. To me OSO was like the thousands of “high stake presentations” that we do during the course of the year,which to an untrained eye might seem like very intricate and involving hours of toil.It is anything but.It is a mere copy paste effort like OSO here was with a decent package along with our champion “up market product” SRK and a totally “dumbed down” narrative and plot just to make us Indian audiences feel at home.It is actually a showcase effort on how they have sold lack of competence and content as “tribute”.

    Brilliant post greatbong(as always)

    I cant help but feel sajid khan had a major shand in some of those spoof scenes.Some were really good though.

    As srk put it in one of the many “wannabe” intelligent comments at the HT leadership summit along with his good(gud) friend karan johar,”I feel movies in India need potray the celebration of India and not just the hard realities”.What can I say “REALITY BITES”.

  57. @Atul:

    Remember Amitabh got the National Award for Agneepath and Black, and Raveena Tandon for Daman! So it’s not as if the National Award is some sort of yardstick for great acting… 🙂

  58. Great review! What I totally agreed with was “And we loved it. It was not art. But boy was it pure entertainment.”
    OSO cannot be called a good movie… but definitely it can be called good “product”. I loved the deatils in ur blog…”the whacky self-referential humor that is sometimes genuinely laugh-out-loud funny (alas only too brief in comparison to its running time)”… oh boy! this line was too good 🙂

  59. Hey GB I thought you were a bit too harsh.Every movie need not be seen thru a satyajitan ray.There are some movies menat for sheer mindless fun and thats what OSO provides.It might not win any golden palms or lions but it does have memorable moments……the manoj kumar scene for eg.
    OSO is hindi cinema as it should be 3 hrs of un adulterated fun with a song and bad guy thrown in.I dont think anyone has the right to change it for its loved by billions.For an award winning intelectual stimulating exercise you should watch the ritu parno ghoshs or bengali cinema.I am a rajini and chiru fan so you stick up in your pseudo intellect while i rejoice entertainment

  60. Hi Great Bong….

    I loved the line “asteroid belt debris like Zayed Khan and Aftab Shivdasani “.

    It should be added to “The Book of Insults”

    A very commendable entry….

  61. what cracked me up:

    1 Narasimha Rao lips
    2 the fact that SRK plays a college kid and Samrat Ashok in exactly the same way
    3 Shahrukh Khan, erect nipples, exposed navel, butt-cleavage, six-packs — the whole package
    4 product (note I do not use the word “film” here)
    5 to be truthful, the 31 while including supernovae like Mithun-da and Dharam-paaji and Jumping Jeetu and a blouse-slipping-off-the-shoulder Rekha Aunty, also had in its roster some asteroid belt debris like Zayed Khan and Aftab Shivdasani

    notably missing references wich i can recall right now which would have been hilarious if commented upon by the ever-awesome GB:

    1 ek chutki sindur
    2 MIND IT
    3 an overweight woman fainting when Mithunda starts, um, lemme just say dancing
    4 OK showing the traits of Ben Stiller’s Derek Zoolander, apart from acting anything but heterosexual

    i read this review sometime back, then saw a bad print of the movie, then diverted my attention to other matters for some hours, including sleep.. now am leaving this note

    Om Shanti Om is a total bakait movie.. nonsense.. sadly, it is not nonsense of the highest order, else it would have been awesome

    random sidenote, I have seen Saawariya till interval, and my reaction is WOW.. really look forward to the rest, at the same time saluting SLB’s metaphorical first half

    PS the return of khiladi (see OSO)- very funny! i really wanna see more khiladi movies from innocent Akshay

  62. @Shwet
    I should have added that ‘I feel that’ Kamal Hassan is the best actor. But I guess my main point was that there is some one called a Mass Hero (Rajnikant, Shahrukh Khan ..), and there is some one who is recognized as a talented actor (Kamal Hassan, Naseerudin Shah ..) I am not undermining any one of them.
    And this difference exist in all other forms of Art also; be it music, books or cinema.

  63. Should appreciate the fact that SRK & Co. accept that they are here to make money and not vive for an Oscar. People like Sanjay LB think they are making movie’s for the “I am above Commoners” class and in a way do not respect the regular movie goers.

  64. Someone comment here said Aamir and SRK stand shoulder to shoulder. Thats something I agree. The problem is that people love some of Aamir’s movies that they take it for granted that Aamir is a great actor as well.

    Well, actually he isn’t an exceptional actor. Aamir is a consistently good actor who always gets lucky that no one criticizes low brow movies and hammy performances in Mela, Ishq, Dil, Raja Hundustani … In most of the movies, he bamboozles everyone under different styling. Gimmick Im say …

    While SRK has been successful in his hammy ventures, that he seemed to attract the attention of cynical insult mongers like Great Bong. SRK Vs Aamir comparision isn’t Rajini Vs Kamal comparision at all… Only because Aamir isn’t as good as Kamal and SRK occasionally acts out of his mannerisms the frequency of which is more than Rajini who last acting role was thalapati which released about 10 years before.

    About not being entertained by OSO … ‘You can wake up someone who pretends to be asleep’.

  65. @Snit:

    “Aamir…who always gets lucky that no one criticizes low brow movies and hammy performances in Mela, Ishq, Dil, Raja Hundustani … In most of the movies, he bamboozles everyone under different styling. Gimmick Im say …”

    and

    “…Aamir isn’t as good as Kamal…”

    Let’s take a look at some of the Great Kamal’s films should we?

    1. Mumbai Express (unbelievably bad)
    2. Hindustani (latex mask gimmick, double role gimmick, totally hammy through and through)
    3. Abhay (What can I say? One of the worst movies ever made? Kamal’s acting? Let’s not even mention it. He outhams SRK’s worst)
    4. Chachi 420 (Drag gimmick, acting like an eunuch does not make anyone a woman)

    Aamir is gimmicky and Kamal is not? How are these films better than the Aamir bombs you have pointed out? Yes Aamir has done plenty of bad films, but so has Kamal!

    In fact Kamalhasan is the South’s Nana Patekar. He hasn’t made a good film in ages. Whatever acting chops he had are long dispersed in a miasma of gimmicks and makeup.

    Whether Aamir is better than Kamal is individual preference. But remember that ALL actors, great or bad, have a crop of horrible films to their credit. It’s just that the percentage of quality films tend to be higher.

  66. Hey GB, even I noticed SRK’s butt cleavage and Rekhaji’s slipping choli. 😉 But I would say the movie (or product or whatever) has a few more entertaining elements than just those. But that of course depends on what constitutes entertainment for you. For instance, I thoroughly enjoyed SRK’s buffoonery in the southie hero scene, his hillarious daku scene, the various spoofs on the likes of Manoj Kumar. And even Deepika in her 70’s hair-do, pressed all the right buttons for me. OK, they overdid that one “kaayanaat” dialogue with Kiron Kher’s last iteration being the most irritating one. But hey, I will highly recommend this ~3 hour movie (or product or whatever) to anyone who is looking for a weekend stress-buster. It did wonders to my spirits after a particularly bad work-week.

    Speaking for myself, I can go watch an OSO with friends on a frazzled Friday (after-work, late night show), and then soak in a Jalsaghar maybe on a languorous Saturday afternoon. Maybe I am easy to entertain but they both work for me in different ways. Why compare Ray with Farah Khan, or even SRK with Aamir (as some have in their comments). Leave the comparisons to be made by arses like SLB (ref. GB’s Saawariya review).

    On a different note, having watched previous productions from the same banner/director/actors, its not very difficult to form a reasonably stable opinion (and I say opinion) of their cinematic capabilities. Know that no one is going to transform into a brilliant filmmaker overnight. In other words, know what to expect from your film/product. Don’t come out of the theater complaining that SRK is a monkey. If he was a monkey in Main Hoon Na, the odds are he is going to remain monkey (albeit a six packed one) in OSO. You are only setting yourself up for disappointment if you expect anything else.

    BTW I really liked the way they rolled the end credits. I think it was very sweet. As in any production, I am sure those spot-boys and technicians have put in a lot of honest effort in the making of OSO. Go see the movie for them, if not anything else.

  67. Mr. Shan,,

    Your lack of knowledge about Tamil films is more than obvious. Check the facts before going on making such stupid comments. The number of national awards Kamal has received, to how incredibly his entire body language changes along with his get-up changes. Aamir Khan is no where near Kamal.

  68. Great Review GB 😀

    @Snit/Shaan:
    Idiotos!!!
    Dont u people have anything better than starting off on south v/s bollywood actor debates?!?!

    As if we dont see enough of them on the net all day!

  69. GB, I’m a great fan of your writing. This is the first time I’m commenting on one of your posts. Actually, I’d written a review of OSO in all sincerity at the behest of a friend. Then I read yours. You have this gift of putting forth most unassumingly, what I and many others have had in our minds all these years, (that SRK has made a career out of a monkey act). After reading your angle on things, films, events and situations one starts to see futility of exploring other angles. As usual, a great,murderous, kickass piece of work.Way to go, bro.

  70. Adding as a bit of a postscript, while you are bang on that makers like Farah and Karan Johar, in tandem with super-simian SRK do not make movies, only products, they are as smart as the best of us and on-your-face about what they are selling. Their brazen confidence wins my admiration.

  71. Hi GB
    Saw the movie on saturday depite ur warnings.
    It was funny to see SRK standing on tiptoes to kiss Deepika on forehead. I think he was too conscious of the huge age gap thats why there is no worthwhile romantic scene between the two which could seem real like those of SRK – Kajol. The star collection song was fun though. And who was the hottest ? Shilpaaa Shetty of course with her 18 inch waist and saree worn so low it was barely there. Missing was another hottie – Sush. wonder how things have cooled so much she didnt even made a guest appearance. Overall the movie was laboured. Saw Farah on TV and she was looking really haggard with her matrimony. And guess SRK could devote only so much time to script and production – whatever he could manage between Ads, 20-20 and sundry cricket match appearances. The emotional and suspense part was pathetic. Wish they could have built up on comic part and made it as a full blown comedy.

  72. Actually it was a pretty enjoyable film overall, just like Main Hoon Naa. Of course it is not a great film, but it has good music (I particularly loved “Tumko paya hai…”) and is pretty tongue in cheek and funny.

    And Deepika Padukone is the best thing to happen to the Hindi silver screen in ages and ages. She looks just fantastic! Acting will become better no doubt over time… 🙂

  73. Going by the apparent mercy that you have shown in carefully picking up a handful of dust and rubbing it on our ‘Dharmender’s’ face rather than just flinging the muck in the now famous GB-style….. I am quite certain you marveled at the shrewd business sense in making a ‘collection of popular cliche’. The marketing needs to be lauded. The plot? Well, you have said it all.

  74. You are too good buddy. Awesome review this one 🙂
    Btw, you forgot to add Amrita Arora, Arbaaz Khan, Dino Morea to the asteroid list in the 31 stars song…;)

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  76. FANTASTIC REVIEW! JUST ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! Please go to IMDB.com, register if you haven’t already & put this review up. With your permission I will link to his from Mouthshut.com as well as my blog. It is the best written review I have ever read or written (Khalid Mohamed & yours truly included)! Gerat Stuff!!!

  77. As usual, I find GB’s writing to be therapeutic. I mean seriously, in my trade (physics grad student 😀 ), thinking about problems all the time is a drag. Anyway, gas-deowa apart, I saw OSO and kinda didn’t hate it, if you know what I mean. I would qualify it as “Brainless Mazaa” (I am sure I am quoting this from somewhere). Zero plot, zero thought, simple fun. I personally have no probs with such a movie from time to time. I try not to comment on SRK (though the first time I saw his new torso, I had to be smelling-salted…almost). He is there. Period. Never mind SRK. Let’s come to Deepika. Somewhat stunning looking, with a near-madhubala-suchitra-madhuri-level smile, and a good amount of personality. Even her turn as the Sandi (the bubble-gum blowing ok-autograph-seeker, in case you didn’t know) was funny, as it should have been. She is OK (pun intended?). So I finally finish off my rather uncouthly (sic) long comment by commenting on the reason that this movie is watchable (apart from DP in the literal sense). It is Iqbal…ummm, thuri, Shreyas Talpade. Guy can act. SRK will be SRK. But Shreyas…well! ’nuff sed! Me sign off. 🙂

  78. ok, finally watched the movie over weekend and I agree with somdeb’s comment above. It is quite obvious that the movie is not meant to be taken seriously. It is done as a sort of parody of 70s movies – notice the loud, melodramatic music when Makhija learns that his dream girl Shantipriya is already married to that producer. And that is just one example. So when you watch the movie from that angle, it is quite an entertainer.

  79. Laugh My Butt Crack Out. OMG!

    I knew I’d have to leave my brains outside before watching this movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Farah Khan knows how to paint her product and get SRK’s torso in Dard-e-disco look convincing too. I ogled at it and pretended it was true for a blissful moment. One of my gym inhabitant male friends said it is unfair that he (and the likes) had been working on building six pack abs so hard, while SRK gets all the attention for nothing. I said: Who cares as long as it looks good on screen? That’s why you went and watched it too, right? 😉 No allusions to your orientation- Deepika Padukone looked dreamy in the first half too 😀

    Loved the filmi mother thing. And the award ceremony. It is confessional- if you noticed the Om Kapoor’s nominations- all the movies look similar- with heroines bouncing their boobs and rolling up to OK in the same style. Sheeesh. Total bakwaas and total masti. May god bless Farah Khan !

  80. I thought “Ram Jaane” was awesome (Yeah I know !).

    Greatbong,
    i am not sure if you know it but ‘Ram Jaane’ was a poor rip off (almost frame to frame) of the 1938 film ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’.

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  82. Why is it that I– a female who thinks SRK is super hot– watched Dard de Disco many times and yet until I read this review I didn’t notice that he had erect nipples in some of the shots…but YOU a snide super heterosexual male (so you claim) DID????

  83. Google search for androgynous srk brought this webpage up on the first page. He does look androgynous in that pic and in others I’ve seen. It’s surprising how little the word androgynous comes up for SRK on the Net. He’s like the David Bowie of the 21st century. I remember how Bowie was at his height in the mid 1970s and how he showed his androgynous side alot then. SRK has some definite feminine mannerisms and can look quite fey sometimes like on the new cover of Filmfare a few weeks ago. Yes, he’s married and has children but so have millions of other gay or bisexual men now and in the past. To me SRK’s androgynous ways are part of his appeal. He can be and is sexually appealing to a large majority of the people who see him in movies or youtube or TV and that can be men as well as women. You just have to leave off the homophobic ones like the author of this so called ‘review’.

  84. “while including supernovae like Mithun-da and Dharam-paaji and Jumping Jeetu and a blouse-slipping-off-the-shoulder Rekha Aunty, also had in its roster some asteroid belt debris like Zayed Khan and Aftab Shivdasani who I am sure had to wash all the plates for the after-shoot dinner so as to justify their presence in the song).”

    absolutely brilliant.. 🙂
    its feels great to read some of your old blogs while sitting in class!!
    u r really admirable arnab da

  85. Yes it was good movie indeed and liked a lot watching it. I recently purchased a blu ray disk of movie through free classified website and keep watching the movie. I love SRK..

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