OMG Oh My God Movie Review: Don't Have Blind Faith

Oct 5, 2012

Director: Umesh Shukla
Producer: Ashvini Yardi, Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal
Writer: Bhavesh Mandalia, Umesh Shukla
Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Govind Namdeo
Rating: ***

"OMG: Oh My God!" is based on a Gujrati play named "Kanji Virrudh Kanji" by Bhavesh Mandalia.

Oh My God is about a man (Kanji) who does not beleive in God and when there is an earthquake in the city nothing or nobody is harmed but Kanji's shop is destroyed. The insurance company dismisses his claim saying it's an act of God. So, Kanji decides to sue God and the court accepts his case.

The film sets out to make a few caustic comments about reducing God into an industry through a set of fraud godmen who have to defend the almighty against Kanji in court. You spot glimpses of real life in the various holy personalities played out by Mithun Chakraborty, Govind Namdeo and Poonam Jhawar. These characters, though, could seem half-baked. Despite that flaw, the film still manages to regale because of two reasons.

First, OMG makes its point without fuss and without going over the top. Provoking as the subject is, the film was clearly not intentioned to insult faith. It is a script idea that could have easily gone wrong. Films adapted from plays often tend to get too melodramatic. OMG avoids that trap.

Secondly, the film works for its lead pair. Akshay and Paresh share crackling chemistry as God and the man who will finally learn to accept the concept of God as a positive presence in life. Together, the two actors lend the film its biggest USP.

Review: Believe in God but not blindly. Instead of following regular faiths of visiting temples, dargah or other religious places come out and help those who are in needs.