To all those who were going overboard cooking their own stories on Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om being a remake of Subhash Ghai's Karz, they can take a breather. The news is anything but true and just an outcome of ideal minds working overtime. The gossip shaped up from the fact that Om Shanti Om happens to be a superhit track from Subhash Ghai's 1980 film Karz on which Rishi Kapoor shook his leg and had the nation crazy. And some uninformed reporter simply created a story out of it.
"There is no similarities between the two films whatsoever", confirms a trustworthy industry insider. "It's a complete new script". The only coincidental similarity between the two films is that both are based on the theme of reincarnation. But the resemblance ends there. The genres are completely different.
"Om Shanti Om starts showing Shahrukh Khan as a junior artist of the late 70's. His name is Om. Years later he is reborn and is named Om again", adds the source. Shahrukh Khan's blockbuster hit Karan Arjun also dealt with the theme of reincarnation. However Om Shanti Om has no resemblance to that movie either.
And to set the record straight, Om Shanti Om is a fresh project that Farah Khan is working on and is NOT the re-titled version of Farah's other film Happy New Year that she was supposed to make with Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. For the time being Happy New Year is kept on the backburner and currently Farah is concentrating only on Om Shanti Om.
With the movie coming out in 2007, we just wish Farah that with Om Shanti Om you have a Happy New Year.