125 Min | Comedy – Drama – Family | September 2012
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Director: Umesh Shukla
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Mithun Chakraborty
OMG: Oh My God! Review: Despite some minor hiccups, OMG: Oh My God! makes some strong points and leaves a huge impact on the viewer and some of their viewpoints. Plus, the movie talks about possibly the most universal topic out there – God and his existence. However, OMG: Oh My God! is not all about God and his existence. In fact, an atheist suing God is merely a backdrop. OMG talks about much more controversial things here. OMG shamelessly discusses the commercialization of religion, especially in India. It may not have done it with full intelligence, however, it’s a brave film with a mark. Kanjibhai Mehta is an atheist who runs a shop that sells Hindu idols and “murti’s”. He is an open atheist and believes religion is nothing more than a business. A natural disaster causes only his shop to be destroyed. Kanji is shocked when the insurance company tells him that they cannot recover the losses because the disaster was an “act of God”.
This leads Kanji to sue this “God” character. Along his journey, Kanji is supported by a mysterious man named Krishna. There are many hard hitting scenes in the OMG: Oh My God!. The scene with Paresh selling the murti’s, the scenes during the yatra. Not to forget Akhay’s scenes with Paresh. The court scenes are outrageous. There are some problems here and there. The main one being that the film at times gets preachy. Also, Akki’s intro is a bit stretched. Also, the last 10 minutes of the movie are also a bit stretched. OMG: Oh My God! does shed some light into the commercialization of religion in the country of India. The film exploits the truth here for sure. The music is meaningful and fairly enjoyable. Mere Nishan is my pick of the lot. The dialogue is brilliant. Writing is excellent for the most part. Umesh Shukla’s direction is extraordinary. Props to him for making such a brave film that too without hurting any sentiments.
Performances are also complimentary. Akshay Kumar is there in a special appearance and impresses. Especially in the last few minutes. Mithun is good but acts a little weird at times. Govind Namdeo is good. Om Puri is good. Rest of the cast is good. OMG: Oh My God! surely stands on the shoulders of Paresh Rawal. To say he’s a fine actor would not live up to the level of talent this man truly has. Rawal sinks his teeth into the role and is nothing short of perfect. Astounding! Overall, OMG: Oh My God! is a film that will make you laugh, make you think and eventually spark a debate. Highly Recommended!