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    Film Info:
    Name : Om
    Star cast : Shivaraj Kumar, Prema, Harish Rai, Shree Raksha
    Language : Kannada
    Director : Upendra
    Music Director : Hamsalekha
    Duration : About 2 hours and 30 minutes
    First Release Year : 1995


    ‘Om’ is one film I keep waiting to watch whenever it is released again. Though the movie released 18

    years ago in 1995, video and TV rights of the movie are still with movie makers. So one would get to

    watch the movie only when it is showed in some theatre in Bangalore. I saw this movie again last month

    and today I did find time to share this with you, about the movie, I saw this movie in Sangam theater,

    Mysore. In the last 18 years it has been re-released more than 7 times and each time the response has

    been tremendous and critics call it a master piece. It is the film which gave new image to Kannada hero,

    Shivaraj Kumar and super star status to director Upendra. It also marked the emergence of Prema, who

    after this venture went on to become No.1 heroine in the Kannada film industry. Om literally was the

    beginning of an era. It was probably the first film in India to be based on (real) underworld dons.

    Gangster movies like Satya, Company, Vaastav etc were based on the same ideology of Om. The film

    was remade in all south Indian languages and also in Hindi as ‘Arjun Pandit’ with Sunny Deol taking up

    the lead role, which was perhaps a utter flop. The director Upendra had also filed a copyright case on

    the director producer of Arjun Pandit.

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    Couldn’t get a clear version…

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    Plot:
    Movie begins with a journalist interviewing and publishing the stories of Bangalore gangsters presenting

    the circumstances which lead them to become so. First is the intro scene of Satya the hero of the

    movie. ‘Om’, is a book which she authored and she gives it to three gangsters which tells the story of a

    gangster - Satya alias Satyamurthy(Shivaraj Kumar), coming from a poor family, is a soft spoken guy

    studying in a college. He is made fun of in the college and is a subject of constant humiliation.

    Madhuri(Prema) is being woed by a man whose brother is a gangster. Madhuri does not care and

    makes Satya fall in love with her. Unable to bear this, the man brings his brother to settle score with

    Satya. Madhuri turns to Satya, provokes him to take on the gangster. Satya in rage beats up the gang

    and Madhuri makes sure that Satya gets arrested by the police. Satya gets released and comes to know

    that Madhuri is taking revenge on him – circumstances had lead Satya to lie in the court to save his

    family, as result of which Madhuri’s brother gets convicted and commits suicide. Satya is not accepted

    in his house as well and the only door open to him is to join the underworld. Of the entire scenes in the

    movie, this scene stands out, because of the flawless acting of Shivraj Kumar. Helplessness personified

    in the character of Satya. But he still loves Madhuri even though she does not love him. In the latter

    part, Madhuri is faced with similar situation as of Satya and realizes her mistake and wants Satya to

    come out of underworld. But the underworld who Satya is a part refuses to leave him. Well that was

    story being read by three gangsters who realize that the last pages of the book 'Om' are missing and

    eager to know what happened to Satya in the end and meet the author. The journalist takes them to

    Satya, who had left underworld is now handicapped and runs a small hotel and is happy in his life. Film

    ends saying how one can never be happy as a gangster and the three gangsters promise to put down

    their arms as well and the most important thing about this movie is the ending. As said, all the three

    rowdies/gangsters are today socially reformed and are working as social activists in Bangalore.

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    Songs:
    Wonderful songs are there in the movie. Thanks to the lyrics by Upendra and music by Hamsalekha. If

    ‘Om brahmaananda omkaara’, ‘O Gulaabiye’, ‘Collegeu Kumaru’ became hit among the masses,

    ‘Meha****a’ was for the front rows crowd. Dr.Rajkumar had lended his voice to songs ‘Om

    brahmaananda omkaara’ and ‘O Gulaabiye’, which even today sung in orchestras in Bangalore.

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    Highlights:
    ‘Om’ can be easily judged as one of the best performances by Shivaraj Kumar. He had to don both roles


    – first as soft spoken guy and then as hard talking gangster. Dialogues are another factor which made

    film a hit. To hear the complete story of film ‘Om’ click this link of kannadaaudio.com. Another aspect

    which became talk of the town was its awesome screenplay. Of course, how one can forget the direction

    by Upendra? Upendra had presented the human side of gangsters and had sent a message in the movie.

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    Aftermath:

    Gangster movie trend which started with ‘Om’ still continues in Sandalwood. Numerous movies have

    come after ‘Om’ based on gangster theme, no movie tasted success as ‘Om’ did. The film which come

    close to ‘Om’ in success may be Shivaraj Kumar starrer, Prem directed ‘Jogi’. Since ‘Om’ was fresh in its

    theme it become a huge hit but the same theme is being overused and now every other hero introduced

    in Gandhinagar holds a macchu in his hand and most producers place their buck on gangster movies to

    make quick profit.


    Even today, if there are no new movies in town and if current movies are not doing well at the BO, you

    may surely find Om running at a theater near you. Such is the content of the movie, it draws people

    even today to the threaters.


    About two years ago the movie was released in DTS format too.

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    BO:
    The movie broke all the opening records of the Kannada Film Industry when it was released. It went on

    to became the highest grossing Kannada film of that time by collecting more than Rs 25 Crores at the

    box office. The film has attained cult classic status and continues to run in many theatres in Bangalore.

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    Controversy:
    The movie is considered controversial because of its violence and the portrayal of a lot of Bangalore

    underworld's incidents. Many real underworld people acted in the movie, of which some convicts had to

    be bailed out just to act in this movie. Some of the infamous rowdies who acted in the film are

    Jedarahalli Krishnappa, Bekkina Kannu (Cat Eye) Raajendra, Korangu, and Tanveer.


    Before its release itself the film generated curiosity among film buffs not only in Karnataka but in the

    whole nation. The Week magazine came out with a cover page story about this film much before its

    release and expressed that this kind of film shouldn't have made by legendary Rajkumar's banner.

    Moreover, the censor certification board refused to clear the film unless the climax is changed. Atlast

    the climax was changed and got released.

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