6.Bollywood’s Diwali releases – Om Shanti Om (2007)
Director: Farah Khan
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Kiron Kher, Shreyas Talpade and Arjun Rampal
Another Shah Rukh Khan release, another blockbuster. was Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan’s second collaboration after Main Hoon Na, which also went on to be a massive success. Om Shanti Om also marked the debut of Deepika Padukone. The film revolved around the subject of reincarnation. In the first half of the film, Shah Rukh Khan played the character of Om, a struggling artist in Bollywood who dreams to make it big. Om is hopelessly in love with Shanti Priya (Deepika Padukone), one of the biggest stars around at the time. Om happens to witness Shanti’s death through the hands of Mukesh Mehra (Arjun Rampal). Even though he tries his best to save her, he fails and ends up passing away in the process. But, as Om says, “Picture Abhi baaki hai mere dost”. Om takes birth again as OK aka Om Kapoor, a son of an established star in the industry. And as fate has it, he happens to cross paths with Mukesh in his second life which ends up with him remembering of his wrong deeds. The with the help of Sandy (Also Deepika Padukone) he formulates a plan to avenge his love Shanti’s death. While reincarnation isn’t a new concept in Bollywood, Om Shanti Om proved to be a thoroughly entertaining film that was loved by the audience.