Saturday, December 18, 2010

Movie Review of Om Shanti Om (2007)

Movie Review of Om Shanti Om

The Buddha taught his students to develop a power of love so strong that their minds become like a pure, flowing river that cannot be burned. No matter what kind of material is thrown into it, it will not burn. Many experiences--good, bad, and indifferent--are thrown into the flowing river of our lives, but we are not burned, owing to the power of the love in our hearts.
-Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindess

A delightful movie. It parodies itself, yet manages to have epic moments. It’s silly and sad, melodramatic and moving, goofy and sexy. If you enjoy Bollywood, you’ll love all two hours and forty-seven minutes of this wonderful movie.

The musical numbers are sensational, reminiscent of Hollywood musical at their peak with a delicious East Indian flavour and a touch of tongue in cheek (plenty of Bollywood stars in cameo); they make it difficult to stay in your seat. Watching it will make you want to run out and buy the soundtrack.

Although the underlying karma is through Hindu eyes, the messages are universal. Love conquers all. We must have faith in our dreams and take risks to achieve them. The wheel may turn slowly but it does turn.

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