MovieBuzz – Om

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A Timeless Kannada Classic

Kannada film industry is abuzz with excitement as the Om, one of its most iconic movies completes 25 glorious years. Directed by Upendra and starring Shivarajkumar and Prema, this is a 1995 crime drama that has left an indelible mark on Sandalwood and continues to be celebrated by fans old and new. As we celebrate this milestone, let us look at the top five reasons why you should watch “Om” on its 25th anniversary.

  1. Innovative Plot

Before “Om,” Kannada cinema had never explored rowdyism in such detail or realism. The movie, which revolved around an underworld don’s life was a pioneering exploration of criminality and redemption. Its success created a new trend, inspiring many other films of the same kind that followed it. On screen, Upendra’s script took a gritty turn after realising what happened in 1980 leading to it resonating well with the audience.

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  1. Reality is Seen in Local Hooligans

To make the movie’s objective of denouncing a life of crime more real, he cast real life rowdies like Jedarahalli Krishnappa and Bekkina Kannu Rajendra. The transformation from the life of a gangster to path of righteousness became even more powerful through this audacious move, thus adding an air of authenticity to the storytelling. Upendra also confesses his troubles with bringing these people on board thus showing that the film believes in realism.


  1. Excellent Performances and Landmark Careers

Shivarajkumar and Upendra combined for the first time in ‘Om’, which created magic on celluloid. Produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar, it did wonders for Shivarajkumar’s career, while Prema got rejuvenated after a rough patch in her acting profession. Staged brilliantly by both of them with an inspiring vision from Upendra behind it all, ‘Om’ remains one unforgettable milestone in their careers and one timeless classic in Kannada cinema.

  1. Hamsalekha’s Evergreen Music

Among the striking features of the “Om” music is the one composed by great Hamsalekha. Songs like “I Love You, You Must Love Me,” “Hey Dinakara,” and “O Gulaabiye” were instant hits with soulful renditions by Dr. Rajkumar enhancing their sweetness. The soundtrack remains relevant to date, hence becoming part of this film’s timeless legacy.

  1. A Lasting Record

Om set a record for re-releases when it ran in over 400 cinemas across Karnataka more than 450 times and this was never heard before. Its cult classic status was even more consolidated by its 2015 re-release that had undergone digital intermediate process as well as DTS technology. An unbelievable amount of Rs10 crore got paid for its television rights, which shows how much it remains popular among all people who love movies in India. This can be deduced from the best performances given by Shivarajkumar, Prema and Upendra in Om that earned them Karnataka State Film Awards in different respective categories.

Timeless Redemption Story

The movie ‘Om’ comes from a true-life story about an intelligent young man who gets wrapped up into criminal activities because of his overdose love with someone else’s girlfriend. Based on stories told to him by one of his buddies, Upendra gave viewers an intriguing tale revolving around a dangerous underworld boss through Shivarajkumar’s amazing performance. The storytelling art is made more engrossing with the help of B.C.Gowrishankar’s camera work together with Hamsalekha’s music


As ‘Om’ celebrates its 25th anniversary, it stands as a testament to the power of authentic storytelling, stellar performances, and timeless music. Whether you’re revisiting this classic or discovering it for the first time, ‘Om’ promises a cinematic experience that transcends time and continues to inspire.

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