OMG – Oh My God!

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OMG - Oh My God!
OMG Poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Umesh Shukla[1]
Produced by Akshay Kumar
Paresh Rawal
Ashvini Yardi
Written by Bhavesh Mandalia
Umesh Shukla
Based on "Kanji Virrudh Kanji"[2]
Starring Akshay Kumar[3]
Paresh Rawal
Mithun Chakraborty
Music by Himesh Reshammiya
Sachin - Jigar
Meet Bros Anjjan
Background Score:
Amar Mohile
Cinematography Sethu Sriram
Edited by Tushar Shivan
Rajesh Panchal
Production
  company
Grazing Goat Pictures
Distributed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 28 September 2012 (2012-09-28)
Running time 130 minutes[4]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR20 crore (US$3.4 million)(citation needed)
Box office INR105 crore (US$18 million)

OMG – Oh My God! is a 2012 Indian Hindi satirical comedy-drama film.Its story is similar to an Australian film The Man Who Sued God It is directed by Umesh Shukla. The film features Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles, along with Mithun Chakraborty in pivotal role.[5] The storyline is based on a Gujarati stage-play entitled Kanji Virudh Kanji. Made on a budget of INR20 crore (US$3.4 million), the film released on 28 September 2012, and received extremely positive response from critics upon release.[6][7] It managed to do very well at the box office, and was declared a super hit grosser.

Plot[edit]

Kanji Lalji Mehta (Paresh Rawal), a middle-class atheist Hindu owns a shop of Hindu idols and antiques in Chor Bazaar, Mumbai. He is cursed by Siddheshwar Maharaj when he stopped his son from playing dahi handi. A low-intensity earthquake hits the city, and Kanji's shop is the only shop that is destroyed.

Next day at the insurance office, Kanji and his neighbour-assistant Mahadev learn that the disaster claim does not cover any damage caused by natural calamities classified under "Act of God". Running out of options, Kanji decides to file a lawsuit against God but fails to find a lawyer for such a lawsuit. Finally, he meets Hanif Qureshi (Om Puri) and his daughter (Puja Gupta), a poor Muslim lawyer family. Qureshi, a disabled man, helps him file the case as Kanji decides to fight on his own. Legal notices are sent to the insurance company as well as to religious priests, Siddheshwar Maharaj (Govind Namdeo), Gopi Maiyya (Poonam Jhawer) and their group's founder, Leeladhar Swamy (Mithun Chakraborthy) summoning them to the court as representatives of God on earth.

During the preliminary hearing, opposition lawyer Sardesai (Mahesh Manjrekar) asks the judge to dismiss the case. But Kanji points out that religious groups claim to represent God on Earth and speak on his behalf. Hence, they are answerable for his actions. The Judge agrees and the court accepts the case. However, Kanji soon finds himself trapped amongst armed fundamentalists, with his mortgage bank occupying the house, and his wife leaving him. In all instances, Kanji is rescued by Krishna Vasudev Yadav (Akshay Kumar), who claims to be a real estate agent, rides a hot-shot motorbike. Krishna buys Kanji's house from the bank, but allows Kanji to stay with him.

The lawsuit causes a public outcry. As Kanji and Krishna watch this on TV, Krishna advises him to go to the media and present his views to the public. Kanji's interview receives wide coverage and public opinion swings in his favour. Meanwhile, hundreds of people, whose insurance claims were rejected due to "Act Of God" show up at Hanif Qureshi's house and join the lawsuit. Kanji agrees to fight on behalf of all of them. In the next court session, Catholic priests and Muslim Mullahs are also summoned to the court as defendants. However, lawyer Sardesai points out that Kanji has no document that can prove the disaster was an "Act of God". The judge orders Kanji to present a written proof that will support his claim.

Kanji loses hope, but Krishna rescues the day again by advising Kanji to read the Bhagavad Gita, and the other holy books such as The Quran and The Bible, telling him that he would find the answer of all his questions. Kanji studies the books intensively for a month. In the next session, Kanji points out a passage in the holy books which says that "This world is a creation of god, and it is his will to allow it to grow or destroy", which strengthens his case. As he nears the end of his argument, he suddenly loses consciousness. He is rushed to the hospital, where doctors unsuccessfully try to revive him, leaving him comatose. They announce to the media that Kanji has been paralysed, and that only God can now save him. When Kanji opens his eyes, he finds Krishna in front of him. Krishna caresses the left side of Kanji's body with his key chain and Kanji is able to walk again.

Krishna then reveals to the confused Kanji that he himself is Lord Krishna, and he has saved Kanji to show him that God does exist. Kanji then learns that he has been in a coma for a month and that a lot of things have happened during the period. The lawsuit's verdict was in his favor and religious organisations were ordered by court to pay the compensation to all the plaintiffs; people have started calling Kanji a "God". Meanwhile, Leeladhar, Gopi Maiyya, and Siddheshwar have opened a temple dedicated to Kanji and accumulated millions in donations. He also learns that as per his own "will", he is about to be removed from the ventilator and thousands have gathered for his funeral procession. Krishna gives him a choice of stopping the procession or to sit back quietly. Kanji decides to fight and Krishna takes him on his motorbike to stop the procession. Kanji arrives to find his statues erected at the place where his shop once stood. He wades through the stunned crowd and breaks the statue, then admonishes the crowd about trusting in God-men. He advises them to search for God in themselves, not in statues. When the crowd's anger turns towards the collected God-men, he prevents them from further violence and tells them to allow the cheating group to leave peacefully, advising them not to believe in them anymore.

After successfully completing the job, he goes back to Krishna to thank him, only to find him and his motorcycle disappeared. Kanji's family arrive and they are reunited. On their way home, Kanji sees Krishna's key chain on the floor. When he is about to secure it inside his jacket, he hears Krishna's voice, telling him to get rid of the key chain as idol worship was what he fought against all this time. Kanji smiles and throws it away and sees it disappear into the sky with a flash.[1]

Cast[edit]

Lead roles

Supporting cast

Guest appearances

Soundtrack[edit]

OMG – Oh My God!
Soundtrack album by Himesh Reshammiya
Sachin - Jigar
Meet Bros Anjjan
Released 28 September 2012
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label T-Series
Producer Himesh Reshammiya
Sachin - Jigar
Meet Bros Anjjan

The soundtrack of OMG – Oh My God! is composed by Himesh Reshammiya, Sachin - Jigar and Meet Bros Anjjan, whilst the lyrics have been penned by Shabbir Ahmed, Kumaar, Swanand Kirkire and Subrat Sinha. The album features Himesh Reshammiya, Shreya Ghoshal, Kailash Kher, Benny Dayal, Ash King, Suraj Jagan, Keerthi Sagathia, Zubeen Garg, Meet Bros Anjjan, Arya Acharya, Mohd Irfan, Aman Trikha and Parash Nath behind the mic.

All lyrics written by Shabbir Ahmed, Kumaar, Swanand Kirkire and Subrat Sinha, except where noted. 

No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Don't Worry (Hey Ram)"   Himesh Reshammiya Himesh Reshammiya, Benny Dayal, Arya Acharya 05:04
2. "Mere Nishaan"   Meet Bros Anjjan Kailash Kher, Meet Bros Anjjan 05:00
3. "Tu Hi Tu"   Himesh Reshammiya Mohammad Irfan Ali 04:07
4. "Go Go Govinda"   Himesh Reshammiya Mika Singh, Shreya Ghoshal 05:06
5. "Hari Bol"   Sachin - Jigar Keerthi Sagathia 04:37
6. "Tu Hi Tu (Reprise)"   Himesh Reshammiya Suraj Jagan 04:07
7. "Oh My God (Soundtrack)"   Himesh Reshammiya Zubeen Garg 01:28
8. "Tu Hi Tu (Unplugged)"   Himesh Reshammiya Ash King 03:09
9. "Go Go Govinda (Reprise)"   Himesh Reshammiya Aman Trikha, Shreya Ghoshal 05:08
10. "Don't Worry (Remix)"   Himesh Reshammiya Himesh Reshammiya, Benny Dayal, Arya Acharya 03:31
11. "Tu Hi Tu (Remix)"   Himesh Reshammiya Mohammad Irfan Ali 04:17
12. "Krishna Theme (Flute)"   Meet Bros Anjjan Parash Nath 02:07

Production[edit]

Producer Akshay Kumar announced the film in 2012. When the promos of the movie were released at first, people heard actor Salman Khan's voice and assumed that he was playing a role in the movie or maybe he was the narrator. Later, the director Umesh Shukla went on to clarify that Salman's voice was only being used in the promos of the movie. The director was quoted telling IANS, "He (Salman) will not be narrating in the film. He has that voice. My film is a light-hearted comedy and we need someone who can do justice to the visuals."[8]

Later, it was confirmed that Kumar's close friend Paresh Rawal who appeared in the original play Kishen vs Kanhaiya was playing the lead role with Akshay himself playing the role of Krishna in the movie.[1] Shahrukh Khan was also expected to play a supporting role in the film but later opted out of the project, and the role was taken over by Mithun Chakraborty. The filming was reported to have begun in January 2012.[9] Also, director Prabhu Deva, who earlier directed Kumar's Rowdy Rathore, has been roped in to appear in an item-number along with Sonakshi Sinha.[10] According to reports, producer Akshay Kumar will be doing a supporting role in the film and will be seen riding a specially designed bike for the movie theme, worth INR1 million.[11]

Release[edit]

OMG – Oh My God! released worldwide on 28 September 2012.[1] Prior to its theatrical release, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) certified the film with a U certificate.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional reviews
Review Scores
Source Rating
DNA India 3.5/5 stars
The Times of India 4/5 stars
Rediff 3.5/5 stars
Bollywood Hungama 3.5/5 stars
Daily Bhaskar 4.5/5 stars
NDTV 3.5/5 stars
Zee News 3.5/5 stars
The Statesman 3.5/5 stars
Deccan Chronicle 3/5 stars
CNN-IBN 3.5/5 stars
Hindustan Times 3.5/5 stars
Tehelka 3.5/5 stars
The Indian Express 3/5 stars
Outlook 3/5 stars
Yahoo 3/5 stars
IMDB 9.5/10 stars
Rotten Tomatoes 9/10 stars
IndiaGlitz 4/5 stars
Glamsham 3.5/5 stars
i-DIVA 3.5/5 stars

OMG – Oh My God! received positive reviews from critics.[12] Taran Adarsh of Bollywoodhungama gave the film 3.5 out of 5 star and said "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 becomes a deserving watch".[13] Sukanya Verma of Rediff rated it 4 out of 5 reviewing "A brave and absorbing blend of satire, fable and fantasy that brings our attention to the misuse and commercialisation of religion".[14] Faisal Saif of Independent Bollywood rated it 4 out of 5 and said "Strongly Recommended. Fearless concept with some Fearless performances".[15]

Box office[edit]

India[edit]

The film had a low opening but showed good growth on its 2nd and 3rd day and collected INR30 million (US$500,000) nett in its opening weekend.[16] Despite slow start, the film managed to gross collections of INR357.4 million (US$6.0 million) nett in its first week.[17] The film collected INR220 million (US$3.7 million) in its second week.[18] The film continued its successful run in its third week and make a total of around INR725.0 million (US$12 million) in three weeks.[19] The film raked another INR62.4 million (US$1.0 million) in its fourth week to make a total of INR782.4 million (US$13 million) in four weeks.[20]

Overseas[edit]

Overseas, OMG – Oh My God! grossed US$2.5 million in 10 days.[21] At the end of 17 days, OMG – Oh My God! had grossed US$2.9 million (INR104.5 million).[22]

Controversy[edit]

The movie generated a lot of controversy over the depictions of prominent Hindu gods and Indian spiritual traditions. Jalandhar State Mahila Congress Vice President Nimisha Mehta lodged a complaint against the lead actors, Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar, and the producers of the film, for hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.[23] The notice asked them to delete objectionable scenes and dialogues.[23] Akshay Kumar was given police protection, after this incident.[24]

The movie was banned in the United Arab Emirates.[25]

Awards[edit]

The movie was awarded the Best Hindi film award by Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS) during the second IRDS Hindi Film Awards for social concern. The film has won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 60th National Film Awards.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Taran Adarsh. "OMG Oh My God! Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Akshay waiting for Twinkle to see 'Oh My God'". The times of India. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sonakshi Sinha has no role in Oh My God". [[The Times of India
    ]]
    . Retrieved 30 August 2012.
     
  4. ^ "OMG - OH MY GOD! (PG) - British Board of Film Classification". 19 September 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "The underlying message of Khiladi Kumar’s forthcoming comedy". Bollywood Life. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Oh my God, the film is a hit!". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "OMG (OH MY GOD) movie review". Review Gang. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Salman Khan's voice is only in 'Oh My God' teaser: Umesh Shukla". Indiatimes.in. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Deva-rowdy rathore-akshay-kumar "Special appearance in 'OMG'". The Times of India. 29 Jul 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Akshay and Paresh together again?". IBN Live. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Akshay rides Rs.1 mn bike in 'Oh My God!'". 18 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Oh My God Reviews". Indicine. 
  13. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Taran Adarsh review". bollywoodhungama. Retrieved 27 Sep 2012. 
  14. ^ Verma, Sukanya. "Review: OMG – Oh My God is brave and absorbing". rediff.com. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Saif, Faisal. "Review: OMG Oh My God Movie Review". Independent Bollywood. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "OMG! Oh My God Picks Up Over Weekend". Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "OMG! Oh My God Week One Territorial Breakdown". Boxofficeindia. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Aiyaa Bhoot Returns Dull Oh! My God Excellent Second Week". boxofficeindia. 
  19. ^ "Student Of The Year Opens Well Oh! My God Excellent Third Week". boxofficeindia. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "OMG! Oh My God Week Four Territorial Breakdown". boxofficeindia. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "English Vinglish Is Excellent Overseas". Boxofficeindia. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  22. ^ BOI. "Aiyaa Bhoot Returns Dull English Vinglish Is HIT Overseas". 
  23. ^ a b "Oh My God: Police complaint against Akshay, Paresh Rawal". The Times of India. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  24. ^ Lalwani Vickey (29 Sep 2012). "'Oh My God' complaints". The Times of India (Mumbai). Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  25. ^ Lalwani Vickey (29 Sep 2012). "Oh My God axed in UAE". The Times of India (Mumbai). Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  26. ^ http://www.indiantelevision.com/aac/y2k13/aac44.php

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Savkar Samgra vol 3 - part2Film is Based on Writing of Veer Savakar "Narda phir putvi Paar" (savkar samgara Vol-3-Part2)

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