OMG! OH MY GOD movie review: Funny and original, but a bit too naive!

Fri, September 28, 2012 11:16am UTC by 20 Comments
OMG! OH MY GOD movie review: Funny and original, but a bit too naive!

Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal weave a sweet and funny tale as God and devotee, taking on the subject of organised religion in its current form

OMG! Oh My God is the story of Kanji Bhai – a militant atheist who lives in Mumbai with his devout wife and two kids. He runs a shop selling – quite ironically – “God” paraphernalia in the infamous Chor Bazaar area. Kanji is a shrewd, Gujarati businessman who clearly knows how to keep God and business separate, and he makes a good profit while doing so – passing off cheap idols as rare, antique pieces to gullible believers.

Kanji not only does not believe in God, but even taunts others and attacks their blind beliefs with a sharp tongue and cruel wit. His wife is very troubled because of this. After a few repeated instances of Kanjibhai going against God a tragedy strikes! In an earthquake, Kanji’s shop is the only one that collapses in the whole Chor Bazaar area. His wife and neighbour blame him for invoking the wrath of Gods, but he won’t have any of it. And when the insurance companies refuse to cover the losses, calling it an ‘Act of God’ which does not grant any insurance coverage, Kanji decides to take on all the Gods in the country! He sues the backsides of all the militant and fake God-men in the nation and fights his court case alone until there is help from unknown quarters.

Lord Krishna takes the avatar of a bike gunning and sharply dressed Akshay Kumar who enters Kanji’s life and guides him in a charmingly irritating manner. The movie, although not some great rib-tickler, is entertaining and funny and has its moments – kind of like Indian sitcoms.

The movie is commendable for entering a sensitive territory. It takes some amount of guts on the part of the directors and producers Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal, to point out certain religious beliefs that people hold on to, question them and show a uniquely reasonable perspective towards God. It looks at the God-devotee relationship as a friendship, rather than the master-slave way it has evolved into. This movie could have invoked massive retort from various political and religious quarters, but looks like sometimes these folks can take a joke or two and not get offended. Actually, that’s the true triumph of the film. It takes on interesting issues and turns the very act of being religious on its head. It tries to show a mirror to the society when it comes to the various radical and fanatical forms of worship and religion. It tells us how religion has become a business!

The supporting cast, including Mithun Chakraborty who plays an effeminate long haired baba, provide great comic relief. The story is tight and moves at a good pace although it is criminally simplistic. It often falls into the trap of being a tad preachy and message oriented.

Sonakshi’s item number, as Paresh Rawal had admitted in a recent interview, is infuriatingly uninspiring and borders on pathetic. Even Prabhudeva couldn’t help! Item numbers are meant to be sexy, not sloppy and lazy, and Go Govinda is just that. It is the film’s weakest point.

Overall, it’s a clean movie that can be enjoyed by the entire family. It is funny, has a message which – although it does try to rub it in too hard – works. What also saves OMG is that it is not too Bruce Almighty inspired, but is an honest adaptation of a Gujarati play. Watch it for performances by the supporting cast – especially Mithun Chakraborthy and Paresh Rawal – two veteran actors at the peak of their crafts!

Rating: * * *

* Poor – Avoid!

** Average – Give it a shot if you are desperate!

*** Good – One time watch!

**** Very good – Must watch!

***** Excellent – Don’t miss!Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • himanshu kumae

    india score btate rhia

  • Prominder

    Omg is a treat to watch.

    It is endearing,cute,sweet and a clean movie.

    I will suggest it to all those wwho like family films

    i will give it a ***.5

  • Ansh

    Awesome Movie !!

    MUST Watch with Parents and GRAND Parents !!

    FIVE STAR * * * * *

    Awesome Movie..

    MUST MUST watch !!

  • pratik

    its good movie

  • dan zyztematic

    The hottest magazine cover around the globe so hot the famous stars were seen in Mission Impossible 4 and of course Who wants to be a millionaireslumdog paradise.

    Great people and places to see…Hot klix does it again

  • abdul juber

    what were the names of the kids acting in omg as kanji’s child

  • neeraj

    oosum film this is too good

    • GUNJAN PAPNAI

      MST HAI YAR :>

  • nams

    awesome movie,i neveevr seen this kind of movie,hats of Mr Paresh Rawel.
    he removed many confusions from many hearts.
    humaity is great worship than other things.
    Mr Paresh Many Mny thanks goes to you.for me Oskar Award movie.

  • preet tewatia

    omg is a very good movie and aksay is very good actor

  • raj

    omg has a terrific movie this movie i have give 5out of *****my ratings

    • GUNJAN PAPNAI

      HI RAJ I AGREE WTH U AND I ALSO GVE ***** OUT OF ***** STAR TO KAKAS FLMS .

  • GUNJAN PAPNAI

    HI RAJ I AGREE WTH U AND I ALSO GVE ***** OUT OF ***** STAR TO OMG .

  • suddu…….

    hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it;s vary fantstik movie…………i like that movie, has shown with parents…………….i gve ***********************************************************************************stars…………………..i lov tht movies

  • sumit sinha

    hy

  • Fiza

    I personally think its a wonderful movie.Reality check!!! It shows the actual happenings in this world at this current frame of time.Totally loved the movie .Way to go!!!!

  • Prateek agarwal

    ***** Excellent – Don’t miss!….
    awsome movie

  • Gunjan Papnai

    Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    mst hai yar:>

  • Anil. Kaikini.

    OMG is one of the best hindi movie in recent years. OMG movie deserves multiple awards for its theme and the superb acting of Paresh. Rawal and Akshyakumar.

  • Antonio

    Hot debate. What do you think? 5 3Rockyy yes he and whole team of ek tha tiger had prmetood ek tha tiger film by wearing that tshirt ye to sahi baat hai kya yar yeh kya bol ra hai yar ek srk fan hote hue aise sahi baat nahin kartey tum ek srk fan ho chalo pehle jaise upar comments mein bola vaise he baat karo tum mein tumko tumhara logic yaad dilata hu. jo haiThat because Salman wore Being Tiger T shirt so Gali Mohalle mein hungama ho gaya and every being human charity and donation become showoff and fake all this just because he wore being tiger t shirt .Ye hui na ek srk fan wali chalo repeat


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