Saturday, April 20, 2013

Still Non-Resident!

The movie Om Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan's character - OK they call him, a typical Bollywood nickname and obviously a play on Khan's own SRK - wins the Filmfare award for Best Actor in the reincarnation romance and revenge film Om Shanti Om is called Phir Bhi Dil Hai NRI (Yet the Heart is Still Emigrant (Non-Resident Indian)), which plays on Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, a political drama about a reporter gaining ideals. I'm not sure what the "NRI" version would be like, but probably very funny.

His other nominated film (yes, OK has two nominations for the same year, it's that kind of over-the-top playful tribute to Bollywood on top of the plot) is Main Bhi Hoon Na (I'm Also Still Here) which plays off Main Hoon Na (I'm Still Here), director Farah Khan's first film and also the first film for SRK's production company, Red Chilies Entertainment, which produced Om Shanti Om. In another funny bit, both film clips have OK delivering the line "Rahul, naam to sona hoga? (I'm Rahul - have you heard that name?)" which is a line from Dil To Pagal Hai, one of SRK's earliest great movies (and funny because Rahul is the name of several of his characters (prominantly in the excellent Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the equally excellent though very different Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, and the frothy rom-com Yes, Boss).

I do wonder, watching this movie again, what happens to OK's (the reincarnated Om Prakash Makhija) relationship to his father, Rajesh Kapoor, after he realizes who he was and goes back to Om's mother.

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