It needs a lot of courage to swim against the flow. Religious beliefs are not easy to deal with. It is a very sensitive area and one needs to take care while representing the facts (also), when they may hurt the rigid believers.
Oh My God
|Writers||:||Bhavesh Mandalia, Umesh Shukla|
|Producers||:||Ashvini Yardi, Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal|
|Music By||:||Himesh Reshammiya|
|Starring||:||Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Lubna Salim, Mithun Chakraborty, Poonam Jhawer, Govind Namdeo, Mahesh Manjrekar, Nidhi Subbaiah, Murli Sharma, Om Puri, Tisca Chopra, Arun Bali, Jaineeraj Rajpurohit, Apoorva Arora, Azaan Rustam Shah, Honey Chhaya, and others|
The producers have faced a little objection from the various areas of India, but once the movie OMG – Oh My God is released – it collected praise from almost everywhere. One needs to understand that the religious stuffs are made in a way so it benefit all the segments of the society, physically, mentally, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The monuments are the symbol of great work or a great way to follow, one should not be rigid in anyway. There is no religion which tells you to believe something blindly. Accept the stuff open-mindedly is what every religion says. Shrimad BhagvadGita – the most complete summary of divinity, spirituality, knowledge, wisdom and….many more quality stuff – is nothing else but a conversation – formed in the question-answer format – between Lord Krishna and Arjun. Lord Krishna himself did almost all works against the flow of the social format during that time. He was a rebel who have opened the eyes of people by doing what he said. How one can expect him to like, when one follow him rigidly or blindly.
Everyone, sometimes somewhere might have encountered with such thoughts. But the OMG team went ahead and made a clean, social, thought provoking, family entertainment, non-controversial, enriched with good content and splendid performances; film. Well, it must be said that the film is not based on the pure original content. It is adopted from the Gujarati play “Kanji Viruddh Kanji” which itself was an adaptation of the English film “The Man Who Sued God”. But, well if the same story is told again then the value of same is not decreased. The treatment makes a difference.
The story of the film is simple. A Gujarati fellow named Kanjibhai is living in Mumbai (India). He was running a shop in Chor-Bazaar there. He himself was atheist but selling the idols and statues of God in his shop. His partner in business was person named Mahadev who was his friend and neighbor. His wife Susheela was contrary to him a devotee to the God. They have two children a girl and a boy younger than her. They were living a normal life.
Kanji have his own very clear view of the God, the spirituality and the holy routines. He believe in following his heart and the truth. He was not ready to do some Holy rituals because it is followed by the people since long. Though when it comes to the business he was perfect businessman and was selling idols, statues and monuments from his shop by associating some fascinating stories with them.
Once he disturbs a local festival to get his son away from the same. There was a person named Siddheshwar on the stage, who was considered as a religious and spiritual Guru by a number of devotees. He becomes angry with this gesture and curses him that the God is unhappy with act of Kanjibhai and he will be punished in order. Next day an earthquake strikes in the city of Mumbai and Kanjibhai’s shop was destructed in the same. People started thinking it as the curse of God have played its part. Though when Kanjibhai found the small treasury intact in the collapsed shop, he got relieved. He claimed nothing is lost. As there was the insurance policy of the shop there inside the treasury and as the loss is to be recovered from the insurance company.
However all was not well when he visit the insurance company office the next day along with Mahadev. The company refused to pay any sum for the damage done. As per their definition earthquake is an “act of God”. And hence the insurance doesn’t cover that. Furious Kanji gets angry but he have to leave the office without any positive response. He decide to fight back with the circumstances. He decide to sell the shop, but no one was ready to purchase that cursed(!) place. So there remain no way for Kanji to go.
Kanji then decides to file the lawsuit. His belief was, if the insurance company claims that the damage was done due to “act of God” then the God have to pay the amount, or otherwise the insurance company. Filing a case against the God was a very controversial move for Kanjibhai. Everyone was thinking about him like an enemy now. The people who were rigid (or even not rigid) with their views about the God, are now against him.
What happens then after is the rest of the story, and we insist you to watch it ion your own and enjoy the same.
IF talking about the performances, Paresh Rawal is a splendid seasoned actor and he proves it yet again. Akshay kumar is not the protagonist but plays a very important role and acts well. He does overplay nor he is loud (as seen in several recent movies). Both of them are the producers of the film as well. Kudos to both of them for cool performances on and off the screen. Mithun Chakravarti is a great actor and the movie proves that again. His body language is remarkable. Govind Namdeo, Mahesh Manjrekar plays their parts effortlessly based on their capabilities. In fact it would not be wrong, if we tell, almost everyone performed up to the mark. The music of the movie is good. It is not too good though. Govinda and Hare Rama songs are already hit and they comes in the movie at proper time. The climax scene of the movie proves that the director could have made it even melodramatic, but the impact it has with current climax, might not have been the same.
Overall a really good movie. There needs guts to create such movie.
Bhavesh Mandalia and Umesh Shukla – won – Best Screenplay (Screenplay Writer – Adapted) – award at 60th National Film Awards (considered as the most genuine Film Awards In India) for Hindi Film OMG – Oh My God. The prize includes a Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) award, a certificate and the cash prize of INR:50,000.