wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV/online (?)
A logical yet over-simplified take on the arguments against blind faith. The attempt is to keep the arguments balanced yet the film's events are way too convenient.Read more
A man challenges the existence of God, sounds like a totally fun concept that will question some beliefs and blind faith. It also challenges the men (and women) of God which is more interesting for a person like me who shares the protagonist's angst against the people who make people do ridiculous stuff in the name of God.
While I don't expect a film to change the mindsets of people, how much impact the film will have completely depends on how OMG Oh My God concludes itself. Honestly, I was put off at the title itself. This English title is trying too hard to look cool and contemporary. Hopefully, this is a tiny misjudgement on the part of the makers.
Another put-off is that the film comes across as a tad too loud. Hopefully, the film has more scenes with Paresh Rawal in control rather than going into the slapstick film mode. Akshay Kumar is in an interestingly different role here. Of course, he gets to play more than a superhero here, he gets to be God, but somehow he looks a little less annoying than usual this time around.
Not to mention director Umesh Shukla doesn't inspire too much confidence either. Let's just hope that an interesting plot converts into at least a half decent film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
OMG Oh My God reminds you of the coffee table conversations centered around faith, blind faith and the business of faith. It is similar to any argument you'd have between people who blindly believe in the hand of God and the misuse of that belief at the hands of the men of God. The attempt is to represent both sides and keep the arguments balanced while making its point. The frustration of the common man against the oppression of what should be done in the name of religion is quiet adequately represented. But, the happening are way too convenient and ultimately remain good in theory.
At first, it seems Kanji bhai (Paresh Rawal) is a staunch opposer of the very existence of God. A non-believer, an atheist. He appears to be very close-minded to anything that the whole world has to say about faith. But, as the story moves forward you realize that his issue is more against the business that God has become and is even open to accepting a change in his attitude.
All this is shown in interesting arguments Kanjibhai makes with high-ranking priests. The balance is thrown off with making mere caricatures out of these priests. The exaggeration of these cartoon-ish characters might have been necessary but painting them as dimwits takes away from his fight, makes it too easy for us to take his side. However, I saw balance in the climax. The story is taken beyond the apparent conclusion, the argument though stretched takes it to a proper culmination.
Interestingly, the film is set in the most festive period of the year. The months in which we celebrate births and victories of Lords Krishna, Ganpati and Ram. Also, the questions related to existence of God itself are dealt with smartly. Believer or non-believer, you will see yourself smiling and questioning what you believe in.
Paresh Rawal could possibly have done this role in his sleep. Not taking anything away from his heartfelt performance, he played it with conviction. Akshay Kumar plays a charming Krishna and does his bit by staying away from the limelight. Mithun Chakravorty despite his overtly caricaturish character brings a laugh every time he moves his eyebrow or moves his little finger – which is pretty much all he does. Most of the rest of the cast though are a pain to bear through and you thank God for Paresh Rawal being there in almost every scene.
For people like me who are in almost 100% agreement with Kanji, it is easy to identify with Kanji. The question is how does this film effect people who have blind faith, who are superstitious, people who are represented by the likes of his wife. Like I said earlier this week, it's not that anyone can expect a film to change lifelong beliefs, but this one has the potential to at least reconsider some beliefs.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Akshay Kumar, twirling a keychain like the discus, plays Lord Krishna here, and it’s one of his lightest performances. (Why do actors always come off better when not forced to carry the film?)... full review
Thumbs up, by Reza Noorani, Bollywood Life : ...t 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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town : ...Performance wise, the film belongs to Paresh Rawal. This twisted hero has proved his prowess yet again with his effortless dialogue delivery... full review
Thumbs up, by Manu Agrawal, Desi Martini : ...In the age of Swami Nityananda and Nirmal Baba, "Oh My God" is just what the doctor ordered for treating India's hysterical masses of their affliction of blind devotion. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...The likes of Om Puri, Govind Namdeo and Mahesh Manjrekar add to the film, but Mithun Chakraborty as the master puppeteer of religious deceit is a show stealer. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Trisha Gupta, FirstPost : ... an irreverent combination of humour and logic to chip away not just at the edifice of organised religion, but also the usually unquestionable question of faith itself. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...In a country plagued by religious beliefs, OH MY GOD! comes as a bold move. A move that is likely to be viewed fanatically by those immersed in religious rituals forgetting the simple truth of living. But for those with wisdom, this movie is like, "Oh My God. Really!" ... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...Akshay Kumar looks perfectly apt for his role, looking very dashing and handsome and donning a smile that will but remind you of the actors who played Lord Krishna in movies and television serials.... full review
Thumbs up, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...Since the film is primarily argument-oriented, it heavily relies on dialogues and it's important to point here that the lines are pensively penned, making even the improbable seem persuasive.... full review
Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...Making a film with a protagonist, who shuns the idea of God, was definitely a major challenge in a country like India, but it must be said that director Umesh Shukla, who has directed the play Kishan v/s Kanhaiya has handled the subject quite effectively... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...The audience is left with the feeling that it is, at best, being proffered only a halfhearted spoof on faith and its self-styled guardians, not a full-blooded satire on the flip side of organized religion. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...The film only scores negatives points for its poor production values, needless insertion of the Prabhu Deva - Sonakshi Sinha song which could well be used just for promotions and its length.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Armed with superb writing and a keen understanding of Kanji's convictions and qualms, the actor grabs his viewer's attention from start to finish.... full review
Thumbs up, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...OMG only suffers in its production values. There are far too many scenes that are out of focus and mediocre. Even the cinematography is mediocre at best. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Ananya Bhattacharya, ZEENEWS.COM : ...Prabhu Deva and Sonakshi Sinha’s special number ‘Go Govinda’, which has been making splashes in generous doses in the electronic media, is likeable and will henceforth be the Janmashtami-anthem of the country... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...the producers of OMG rightly deserve a special mention here for going ahead with such a risky venture (having some bold dialogues) which could easily hurt the religious sentiments of our sensitive society.... full review
So-So, by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar : ...This is the opposite of a horror film, in that sense, where usually the hero doesn’t believe in ghosts, and the ghost rips him apart eventually!... full review
So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...Director Umesh Shukla, who has also directed the play, is bogged down by the burden of Bollywood. So we must have an item number with Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhu Deva. Shukla must also make room for the mega-stardom of Akshay Kumar, who is both producer and God.... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...While the film makes a solid case against blind faith, the excesses of religious rituals, and the self-appointed "collection agents" of God, it never sticks its neck out far enough, choosing instead to go with a cop-out ending, as if afraid to be too provocative. ... full review
So-So, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...ou spot glimpses of real life in the various holy personalities played out by Mithun Chakraborty, Govind Namdeo and Poonam Jhawar. These characters, though, could seem half-baked. Despite that flaw, the film still manages to regale because of two reasons.... full review
Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...Hey if this is supposed to be entertainment, then you might as well pray for its rescue from the lowest depths it’s fast sinking into. Honestly, the outcome’s a punishment. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Other than playing the flute lounging on Kanjibhai's jhoola and smiling benignly in court before making a full-costume appearance at the end to show his miracle, god's presence in the proceedings is uninspiring.... full review
Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...Umesh Shukla’s narrative lacks clarity and direction. The antics leading up to the ‘Go Govinda’ song and the final fifteen-twenty minutes following the court judgement, appear as after-thoughts in a narrative that goes to unbelievable lengths in the hope of strengthening believability.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Rawal is a seasoned actor, and comedy is his forte. Here, his sense of comfort is even greater because he has been acting the same role in the play for many years. Yet there is no invention or suprise in the performance. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Saumil Gandhi, Mumbai Mirror : ...it is in danger of antagonising people based on its opinion, instead of engaging them on an argument. That’s probably the most critical flaw with the film and what it’s trying to do. ... full review
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VanDiablo: OMG - Oh My God makes more sense than all Salman Khan's blockbuster hits combined. #OMGFacts
uditvedant: 'OMG oh my god"!!! Supernice!!! Script+rawal+akshay+director= brilliant!
UdayPratapSingh: Watched the movie OMG Oh My God! Good, smart movie! Enjoyed it!! Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar @akshaykumar and Mithun all did a great job..
udayparekh1: Fantastic movie "OMG.. Oh my God" I wish it every success. Logical message comically presented.
Tweenvi: Omg oh my god a gud movie! Wish i cud watch the play kishan vs kanhaya!
theprateek_jain: It was totally worth missing the India-Pak match to watch #OMG Oh My God! Watta movie! @n_saurav
TheFabulist: 'OMG Oh My God' is a good watch.
tejaldaftary: God-fearing or God-loving? Just watched OMG! Oh my god! Beautiful movie.
SusnathaNath: The movie is best for its comedy & totally entertaining family movie ! http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/movie-reviews/hindi/OMG-Oh-My-God/movie-review/16545873.cms
sportykrish: You need to change your outlook, you need to watch "OMG ! Oh My God".
smartsitesh: if only movie "OMG-Oh My God" got nominated for Oscars. No plagiarism allegations. Unique & Original story. No offence to "Barfi".
SinghRowdysingh: only POSITIVE Response for the film #OMG - OH MY GOD its already A BLOCKBUSTER from the HEART of the people @OMGthemovie @GrazingGoatPix
singhcd: OMG - Oh My God -(cont.)dialogues are razor sharp and the comic timing impeccable. Paresh Rawal in the lead role owns the character(cont.)
siddhant_kdl: Just watched OMG - Oh My God.. Its a must watch for the God loving & God Fearing people... Heart touching & a damn good one..!
shubham0969: OMG Oh My God! ~ MUST WATCH MOVIE !!!
shantanuchouhan: #OMG Oh My God! Brilliant film. Everyone MUST watch it and understand the message that the movie conveys. Must Must Must.
shailesh_rk: OMG Oh My God...must watch movie
shahzad985: Just watched OMG Oh My GOD. what a lovely film it was.
shahhirens: OMG - Oh My God; a beautifully crafted - ground reality of the current times....
servy10: OMG - Oh My God should b Tax Free and India's nomination for Oscar!!! MWM, Paresh Rawal n team rocks big time...!!!
Saurabhbharat: OMG- Oh My God is a beautiful film with brilliant concept. I can believe in god without being religious.
SaqibIslam: What a great movie with an amazing message !!! OMG Oh My God.
samrulezz012: OMG!Oh My God! ★★★½ star. The Paresh Rawal-Akshay Kumar chemistry works again! The ‘Divine Comedy’ doesn’t bore.. .. <3
samratonline: Excellent movie ...Paresh Rawal is as usual brilliant , Its not Akki's movie but he is superb as God ...don't miss it http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/movie-reviews/hindi/OMG-Oh-My-God/movie-review/16545873.cms
sameer_ss7: Watched #OMG! Oh My God with Family after an hiatus of 16 Years!!! Thanks @akshaykumar for making such a wonderful Family Entertainer.....
sagarjadhav: #movie #review OMG oh my god is awesome 4 stars must watch godly
Sadia_Ke: Just watched "OMG - Oh My God". Good movie. Perfect message in the end.
sachinlambole: Saw OMG:Oh My God! ... Nice movie.
rohit_ith: OMG-Oh my god, awesome movie...<3<3<3 it a lot. Go Go Go Govinda....mindblowing act by paresh ji...
rishikumar1994: omg!oh my god.......grt 2 watch
rim26425: OMG OH MY GOD! simply superb.... go & watch it....
richaturvedi: Omg .........oh my god ....... Must watch .....
raghut456: just watched omg...oh my god..amazing film...everyone shd watch it..to give message..not required super heroes..
r1kartik: 2 movies in the same day with Paresh Rawal and Om Puri. Luckily the 2nd one far superior. Thank God OMG! Oh My God! http://kartikr.blogspot.in/2012/09/omg-oh-my-god.html
Pseudo_Truth: #OMG oh my god is a great movie,,,Must Watch a point to note is how the makers stuck to hindu gods to make all the fun
PRIYAM_DESAI: 2 Beautiful msg 4m OMG-Oh My God!: *Don't fear God. Love Him *Man has made religion a business. God never asked for money & never will #OMG
premthelove: OMG oh my god is one of the best movie of my life.... @akshaykumar #OMGmovie
pranavsv: OMG Oh My God.... an unexpectedly great movie...
PRamphul: Went to the cinema 2day to watch Indian movie OMG Oh My God!! Its soo funny!!!!
pramod_kannan: OMG! Oh My God.. the name says it all. love the movie so much. This is one movie that has been made so well about GOD.
prabal_twit: Must Watch OMG Oh My God
nirav_wadhwa10: omg oh my God.....Wonderful movie reallyloved it. AKshay Kumar and paresh rawal great together...
NikhilShembekar: #omg oh my god is a simple movie, no preachiness. #paresh rawal at his best & so is #akshaykumar
Netra: #OMG - Oh My God - must watch and Brilliant Movie! #iloved
nercabeyul: I'm actually glad I went to see OMG Oh My God. There are actually several points of the film I agree with...
nayansarker52: SIR,OMG OH MY GOD EXCELLENT MOVE.IT IS DOING WELL BOLLYWOOD BOXOFFICE
nagu3: OMG Oh My God: Finally a coherent movie from Akshay Kumar. Paresh Rawal steals the show. In league with Munnabhai & Vicky Donor. 8/10. Watch
Muted_Musings: Generally, prefer plays/books to movies but OMG Oh My God made the transition rather effortlessly. #iLike
mohan_amin: OMG Oh My God: Religious satire with a social message. Paresh Rawal at his best. Go go go 4 it 2 mk your weekend n tickle your funny bone
Milmit1329: OMG - Oh my God!!! Fantabulous movie. Good job @akshaykumar
MehulRajdev: My pick for the Oscars would be OMG - Oh My God! Yes its a thought provoking film. Do yourself a favor. Go watch it.
mayank_sriv: Just Saw OMG - OH My God. Paresh Rawal at his best. Deserves to be seen, just for the concept
manmeetsinghgul: i saw the movie OMG (oh my god) its a very good movie. i suggest to everybody to see the movie.
Manancontractor: OMG Oh My God is must watch! Great movie. ☺
MaidenLegendAK: Watched #OMG - Oh My God! Amazing movie. Paresh Rawal is superb. I must say the movie is a must watch
m3jstile: Verdict on OMG Oh My God!: watch it. It's amazing. Not thought-provoking because I already agree with atheist Kanji & thought of all that.
kunalchhabra9: OMG - Oh My God-- heart touching movie! Akshay Kumar did a gr8 job! and also Paresh Rawal :D <3 ed it!
kedia_yash: OMG..! "OH MY GOD" Superb movie.....Akshay Kumar's one of the best movies...!
KamathGurudutt: OMG (Oh My God) a fairly decent film. MUST watch. Sadly people will not learn from the film and will continue with superstitions. He Bhagwan
Jonty_10: Watched OMG - OH MY GOD today. It’s simply superb. It gives a strong message to the society. Really liked the movie.
Jiju0011: OMG(Oh My God) is a realistic movie, every human should watch this, i request the director of the movie to dub in all Indian languages
jeelunadkat: #OMG OH MY GOD outstanding movie by the makers... A #Must watch it, Grt message.. at the end. nd yes God do Exists !!!
Janwin28: #OMG-Oh My God must watch!!
jagira: OMG! Oh My God! is one the best Hindi movies I've ever seen. Must watch.
iamLPman: OMG (Oh My God) A Must Watch Movie..!! Freaking Awesome It Is :D
HDiwakirti: Must watch- OMG Oh my God
Hbk_Manan: "OMG Oh My God"-Fantastic display of one of world's most debatable topics. Also an eye opener to all the superstitions related to God.
HarshdeepKaur: #OMG Oh My God! Brilliant film. Everyone MUST watch it and understand the message that the movie conveys. Must Must Must.
HAKrBOY: Watched OMG Oh my god while working. I suggest all who believes in god please watched it Once.. Deep Thought in simple words... ITS OMG
GrazingGoatPix: ' #OMGOhMyGod is insightful, brave, funny and emotional all rolled in one. ' @annavetticad (4 stars) http://annavetticadgoes2themovies.blogspot.in/2012/09/review-156-omg-oh-my-god.html
girishspatil: OMG! "Oh My God" hindi movie is so fresh and light! A very interesting and fun filled watch. Made my day! Don't miss!!!
gahlotjayant: OMG - Oh My God :- For 'God's sake', you can't afford to miss this one!.... Awesome movie mazza aa gaya.... :)
DhruviYadav: People should really watch 'OMG Oh My God' it's a good film, suits any religion
desaisuchi: OMG! Oh My God <3 Really good movie. I feel it teaches the truth about the faith in god. #BrownMovieMoments #TruthAboutFaith <3
deltatwelve: The movie OMG Oh My God is brilliant. And radical. Go watch!
danishsshaikh: Now i watch two movies OMG - Oh My God and Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal they two are awesome twosome
csevicky: OMG Oh my God is wonderful. Must watch #God
Chivalrousdemon: OMG - Oh My God...India needs these kind of movies..? Fuck...
borax12: OMG - Oh My God- A movie experience you cannot miss
bijolianabhi: This year is good according to movies released this year. First Burfi and now OMG (Oh My God!!) Both movies are good, don't miss any.
BeingAdz: #OMG oh my god! Great screenplay ..terrific writers #believers ..a must watch ..
barbieaditi: OMG - OH MY GOD ... Mind blowing muv. For d follwers of baba's and paakhndi's .... Must watch .. ;):D
Baanke_prashar: "OMG Oh My God" Really goes straight into your heart, it never asks you to leave your brains behind in compensation.
ArpitNext: omg oh my god is movie of Paresh rawal . . . . liked it . . . A family movie after long time
AR5EH0LE: #OMG Oh My God : a Must watch.
anuttar: Saw OMG - Oh My God - excellent & mind blowing film - Paresh Rawal has done an Oscar winning performance
ankur_16n: Watched OMG Oh My God......best film of the Year.... there was Clapping in the Hall during the Movie... Great to see such Beautifull movie.
ankitron: OMG! OMG-Oh My God is surprisingly movie of the year! :D :D
amies4dawn: OMG! Oh My God an amazing movie with a wonderful message. Paresh Rawal excellent acting throughout. @akshaykumar take a bow!!!
ajinkya_twt: "OMG - OH MY GOD!!!" AWESOME AND VERY BEAUTIFUL MOVIE AFTER A LONG TIME.... FULLY ENJOYED..... AKSHAY & PARESH ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!
aditya_writes: #omg - oh my god is a brilliant film. Must watch for everyone.
adeebali98: Watched OMG Oh my God! AWSESOME movie!!
abhilekhverma: OMG - Oh My God: Is the best movie I had watched till date..Plz do watch this awesome movie.. :)
abdulwadhood: OMG Oh my God! is a great movie. It isn't against God or any religion. It is against what happens in His name.
aakarpost: OMG! Oh My God... Movie is Good. Good Comedy+Different subject line. I'm thinking to read Shreemad Bhagwat Geeta, atleast once. :-)
shivom_oza: Had watched the rough cut of 'OMG Oh My God!' a month and a half back. Frankly, I'd found the film okay.
p01gnant: LAME but TRUE,,, OMG Oh My God starring Paresh Rawal
nkumar_: "OMG! Oh My God" : Not whole movie works on logic and the second half is just badly wrap up. They could have done better but it's India
Sanyukta_Iyer: My verdict - 1 star - Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar #OMGTheMovie http://fridaymoviez.com/bollywood/news/movie-review-omg-oh-my-god/35835
Not Interested in Watching, by squidmaster : this movie was bad
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anil : A must watch movie tackling a serious discussion in a light hearted but respectful manner
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Jeet
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Mansi : Hard-hitting Entertainer!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman
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