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OMG Oh My God!

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OMG Oh My God!

By Joginder Tuteja, 15 Dec 2012
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MOVIE DETAILS

Cast: Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Govind Namdev, Mithun Chakraborty, Mahesh Manjrekar, Poonam Jhawer, Om Puri, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi
Director: Umesh Shukla
Producer: Viacom Motion Pictures, Dr. B.K. Modi, Grazing Goat Pictures & Playtime Creationn
Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Anjjan - Meet Bros, Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed, Sameer, Subrat Sinha, Kumaar, Swanand Kirkire

THE FILM

OMG - Oh My God is a fantastic film. Even though it boasts of a complicated subject where everything from God, religion, faith and worship is challenged, this Umesh Shukla film never loses its way through its duration. After all, a film like this was always walking a tight rope, what with more chances of a viewer going against it than for it. However one has to credit the way it is spun together as well as convincingly enacted that instead of feeling offended, you end up getting into an introspective mode. Now that's quite a deal for a film that could just have gone into a preachy zone in a matter of minutes.

The context is straight forward. Kanji bhai (Paresh Rawal) challenges the 'Act of God' when his shop gets destroyed in an earthquake. His fight it not centred on absence or presence of God faith or the lack of it, 'aastik' v/s 'naastik', or the right v/s wrong. All he wants is someone to pay for what went wrong on his life. He doesn't mind whether it's the insurance company or the God; someone had to get the wrong in his life right. No wonder, and ironically, it is none less than God himself (Akshay Kumar) who guides him in this journey of his where he battles it out in Court.

From the very outset it is pretty well established that the film would take a light hearted approach. Whether it is Paresh Rawal's 'business' of selling God's idols (and then ridiculing the very concept of it) or the logic he shares with family and friends (Nikhil Ratnaparkhi) about various (wrongful) practices being followed in the name of God, he gets it bang on. While the start is just right, what with the Prabhudheva-Sonakshi Sinha song 'Govinda' thrown in as well, the film only picks up further pace when Paresh Rawal takes his case to the Court.

The going-ons from here take the film a different level altogether, what with introduction of God men of different shapes, sizes and virtues (Mithun Chakravorty, Govind Namdeo, Poonam Jhawer), the notices being received by them and the lawyer (Mahesh Manjrekar) coming into picture. Thankfully, director Umesh Shukla doesn't let things out of hands at this crucial juncture either as he makes his central protagonist reason it all out instead of just coming up with plain accusations. Of course not all logic being shared acts as an eye opener of sorts but it does send you thinking all over again.

Gallons of milk being thrown into the drain, commercialization of religious spots where extra money is paid for shorter queues, donation boxes being kept at every nook and corner, a stone being considered as God and a temple coming their in no time, scare factor about God being thrust down a man's throat - there is this and a lot more which is spoken about in not so subtle tone, though without trying to be offensive. No wonder, the film turns out to be the one which indeed comes with quite a few messages but without turning preachy.

What turns out to be a tad abrupt though are a few spots in the narrative. Public sympathy turning 'for' instead of 'against' Paresh seems a little too quick. His turning out to be their 'maseeha' has a filmy feel to it. A couple of arguments, especially the one shared with Tisca Chopra during her chat show, aren't fleshed out to the fullest. (Spoilers ahead) His subsequent winning of the case isn't very convincing, even though fair evidences are shared. And most importantly, the finale when he is projected as an alternate God comes out of nowhere. That idea is good but execution patchy.

In the middle of this all Akshay Kumar too plays an interesting cameo where his presence can be felt right from the sequence leading to the interval point and then the entire second half. While he is graceful as God, what is commendable is the fact that despite being a co-producer of the film, he lets Paresh Rawal hold centre-stage without trying to take over the proceedings. In comparison even Mithun Chakravorty has a good screen time and he impresses a big deal with his mannerisms that are controlled yet highly effective. Govinda Namdeo is good as usual though Poonam doesn't have any role to play at all.

The man who plays the biggest role though is, expectedly, Paresh Rawal. Whether it is his arguments in the Court or at the chat show (with Tisca Chopra) or with God himself, he is just superb. Watch out for his never-say-die attitude in the most adverse of situations and you actually start empathizing for him. He never tries to project himself as someone overconfident who feels pride in taking on the case of God; instead he simply challenges the various beliefs and practices coming in due to commercialization of religion.

DURATION

The film's duration is 130 minutes

SPECIAL FEATURES

- Making of the Film

If you have seen, heard and read the interviews leading to the release of the film, you don't have to necessarily to watch the 'making' segment to know what OMG is all about. There is enough that is already known about the film, which has been a huge success already. The only new thing one gets to see is knowing more about director Umesh Shukla, the man who is basking in the glory, and rightly so, of his super-director status.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

- 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
- Subtitles - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo

PRICE

Rs. 299/=

CONCLUSION

OMG-Oh My God turns out to be a highly engaging film which (thankfully) doesn't suffer from the first half-second half syndrome. It maintains good pace right through the narrative and keeps the viewer interested in knowing what would happen next. While strong performances compensate for the play-like setting of the film due to set pieces all around, what one takes home are quite a few points to ponder that are thrown in. Watch the film for sure, it just might change the way you look at religion.
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