7. Maine Pyar Kiya recall
While Sooraj Barjatya’s 1989 film didn’t fit into Om Shanti Om’s timeline, its recall is worth noting. In one of the scenes, Om saves Shanti (Deepika) from the fire, and says, “Dosti mein no sorry, no thank you,” a dialogue from Maine Pyar Kiya. A young Barjatya, wearing a “Friend” cap, is seen noting down the dialogue. In another scene, Om speaks to a Dreamy Girl poster featuring Shanti and keeps repeating the line, “Tum bore toh nahi ho rahe ho na?” This dialogue too appears in Barjayta’s film.
8. Tiger fight
Farah Khan, in a recent interview, said that Shah Rukh fighting a stuffed tiger in Quickgun Murugan in the first half of Om Shanti Om, was a reference to Tarzan 303 which released in 1970. The film had freestyle wrestler Chandgi Ram playing the title role.
9. The multi-starrer song
Om Shanti Om was produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s company Red Chillies Entertainment. The actor-producer did the unthinkable by roping in 31 celebrities for the Deewangi Deewangi song. Back in 1981, Manmohan Desai’s film Naseeb, had an ensemble appearance of several leading actors and actresses in the song John Johnny Janardan.