Critics verdict: OMG Oh My God! a clean movie with a social message!

By Hindustan Times

OMG – Oh My God! carries a social message, a significant one, but the best part is, it does so without losing the wit and humor. 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, feel critics.

"OMG – Oh My God! carries a social message, a significant one, but the best part is, it does so without losing the wit and humor. Most importantly, it doesn’t get preachy, nor does it deviate into the sermonizing mode. The film demonstrates Kanji as a nastik or a non-believer in God at the very outset, who, paradoxically, uses religion to run his business. The episodes in the first hour raise a chuckle, in fact you wear a smile ceaselessly. The turn of events in the latter part gives the film that extra sheen, thus raising the bar. The courtroom drama is transfixing and the underlying message that God dwells within us is profoundly heartwarming," says Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama.

"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!" writes Reza Noorani, Bollywood Life.

"Kudos to director Umesh Shukla and his entire cast and crew and those behind the scenes for illustrating the pointlessness of all religious beliefs and driving the message straight to the heart. Jesus had the same problem with religious fanatics. The Bible, in the Gospel of Mathew (chapter 23, verse 27) quotes Jesus as saying: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean." He shocked the radicals with his simple truth of loving," writes Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.

Direction
"Director Umesh Shukla keeps you involved in the on-screen happenings, courtesy an absorbing screenplay. Also, Umesh’s choice of actors for supporting roles adds a lot of sparkle to various sequences. On the flipside, the film is stretched in the second half [more towards the final stages]. Also, the execution of a few sequences is plain ordinary. To cite an instance, the introduction of Akshay could’ve been more dramatic and spectacular," says Adarsh.

Screenplay
"Though the story and script are well done and brings out thought provoking questions, the problem is that the film seems to veer away from the original topic and becomes more about false God-men than about the very existence of God. The TV debate seemed just for the heck of it. Though necessary, Kanji’s illness towards the end is too contrived," writes Roshni Devi, Koimoi.com.

Performances
"Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal — this is a deadly combo when it comes to satirist flicks. The duo is by now famous when it comes to keeping the audience in splits with their faultless humorist timing. Paresh Rawal is acknowledged as a supremely accomplished and consummate actor of our times. The veteran carries the film on his shoulders and executes this challenging character with candor. He’s the show-stopper, the scene stealer. Akshay kumar is significantly present in the second half and is fabulous in a role that seems tailor-made for him. His sequences with Paresh contribute enormously to the delightful moments, writes Adarsh.

"Mithun Chakraborty is incredible in a role that has negative shades. Om Puri is exceptional in a cameo. Mahesh Manjrekar is effective. Govind Namdev leaves a strong impression. Nikhil Ratnaparkhi is satisfactory. Murli Sharma and Poonam Jhawar are alright. Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhu Dheva sparkle in a song," adds the movie critic.

"Paresh role as an atheist is superb, so are the acts of Mithun and Govind Namdeo. The story is strong, as one can understand it is from a famous Gujrati play. The story has no weak point nor is their any stretch. Paresh is genius and has shown various times that he can adapt to any role. Akshay in the cameo and as a modern Lord Krishna is good. Sonakshi item number is superb," reports OneIndia.

"Paresh Rawal gives a stellar performance as Kanji. He delivers his dialogues so effortlessly and casually that you really cheer for this twisted hero. Akshay Kumar does well as Bhagwan/Krishna but sometimes the writers seem to try too hard to rub it in that he’s the Dark Cowherd. Mithun Chakraborty is a gem as one of the God-men but his stereotypical “broken-wrist” act can make you wince. Govind Namdeo goes a bit over the top as the saffron clad Siddheshwar Maharaj but suits his role. Though Poonam Jhawer doesn’t get much to do as Gopi Maiyya, her very presence will make you grin. Mithun, Govind and Poonam’s characters have some very real life inspirations which makes them all the more fun on screen," writes Devi.

"Mahesh Manjrekar is good as the lawyer. Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhu Deva are fun in their guest appearances," adds Devi.

"Govind Namdeo, Mithun Chakraborty and Poonam Jhawer as Gopi Mayya who con the people in the name of God are first rate. Mithun as the effeminate guru and Namdeo as the fiery pundit along with their shadow, Poonam, are perfect in enacting characters," writes D'Souza.

"Akshay Kumar as God, who visits Kanjibhai in his fight, pitches in with a balanced performance. He urges Kanjibhai to read the holy books when he gets stuck in his case. He assures him that he will find all his answers there. He does, as he boldly goes about quoting the Bhagwad Gita, Quoran and the Holy Bible in court to flummox the 'holy ones'," adds D'Souza.

Conclusion
"On the whole, OMG – Oh My God! is a thought-provoking adaptation of a massively successful play. A movie tackling a sensitive and an untouched subject matter, it will find its share of advocates and adversaries, but the social message the movie conveys comes across loud and clear and that’s one of the prime reasons why OMG – Oh My God! becomes a deserving watch," concludes Adarsh.

"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," says Noorani.

"If you are looking for a film with genuine story and are confused about faith and God, go watch Oh My God," says OneIndia.

"For once, there’s a movie that wants you to use your brains instead of just clapping and whistling away at the mindless action/sex scenes. Watch OMG Oh My God also because it has good performances and an interesting concept," concludes Devi.

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