Oh My God (OMG) is an apt name for the work of Umesh shukla. It tells us as a story of how fear and insecurities make people to act foolishly.
Oh My God is adopted from Kanji Virudh (vs) Kanji a Gujarathi play written by Bhavesh Mandalia and originally directed by Umesh shukla; has also made a great adaptation of theatrical play to the silver screen.
The main theme of the plot revolves around various religious rituals that are generally followed, without rationale. The story starts when Kanji (Paresh Rawal) suffers a huge loss because of a mild earthquake (supposedly a God’s act!) and his insurance claim gets rejected because of the clause that “Insurance company is not liable for the acts of god”. Kanji who is an atheist feels deeply hurt by this and decides to sue God. When no lawyer accepts his case, a retired lawyer Hanif quereshi helps him out and Kanji sets out to fight his case for himself.
The court scenes, the reactions of various religious leaders, the initial rage against Kanji and then some support that he gets from people and how God himself gets involved and helps the righteous people form the main part of the movie.
Plot is tackled subtly and with sound reasoning. A light touch of comedy entertains the audience while putting up an important debate before them. Unlike certain comeos against theists that try to degrade them, this one maintains enough balance. This story has been written with a lot of thoughtfulness and care. The writer and director maintain the logic till the closing scene.
All the actors in Oh My God have performed very well. Of course we don’t even have to mention the abilities of actors like Paresh Rawal, Ompuri, Mithu Chakraborthy; they just live their roles. Akshay Kumar as the God Krishna looks good and even has delivered a good performance. But the ultimate hero of the movie is the story and dialogues.
A special mention goes to the dialogue writer who gives us certain memorable lines like “Majahab manav ko ya tho bebas banatha hai, ya aathankvadi”, “these are all God fearing people not God loving people”.
Even the music is an added attraction to the film. Especially the Krishna theme (Flute) is soothing and appeasing. The song ‘Mere Nishaan” is another good one.
Over all Oh My God! is a movie everyone must watch.