I'm a white London guy (just saying that so you can see how all types of folk will enjoy this movie) and, although I have watched a few Bollywood films just for fun, this one is absolutely THE BEST ! It's BRILLIANT !!
Yes, of course, you have to completely suspend any sort of belief right from the start and accept that it's a kind of fairytale.
There will be some folk who just won't ever "get it" but, if you DO, then it's a treat.
Shah Rukh Khan (Om) is completely winsome in this role, which is so suited for him & his talents. He is excellent at over-the-top comedy, sings well, can dance, looks good (he worked-out in a gym for 3 months to get that body for his reincarnation "Pain of Disco" number) and is truly a Star.
Deepika Padukone (Shanti) is absolutely beautiful .... my God !
Yes, ok, there are flaws.... yes... ok.. how did he get in the building just by smashing a small pane of glass? ... blah...blah... forget it... just enjoy the drama of it all !
Farah Khan did an excellent job with her movie (I like the in-joke cameo appearance by her, with SRK, at the start!)
The 1st half is very funny & takes the piss out of the 1970s Bollywood films, but it's also quite touching. I love all the banter between him & his brother, and his romantic song with Shanti.
But the 2nd half really shows what Shah can do. The scene when he gets reunited with his Mother & brother is truly tear-jerking, but the scene is played honestly & tenderly, with no melodrama.
The final shot of Shah at the end as he sees his Shanti for the last time is great stuff .... real emotion, torment & pathos showing in his face and, when Shanti turns, smiles & sheds a tear, it's a wonderful moment. Aaaaah!
I just happened to watch it when it was shown the other weekend on Channel 4. I immediately bought the DVD & then watched it 8 times in 2 weeks.
Am really surprised to like this movie as much as I do, but I find something extra in it everytime I watch it.
The music numbers are just great ! Sing along now .... "All hot girls wave your hands in the air. Om Shanti Om. All cool guys c'mon make some noise. Om Shanti Om". !!
Take the plunge & buy it. Accept it. Enjoy it. Love it.