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Oh My God Review

Critic Score 58

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Average- 6

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Indicine | Indicine Team

Oh My God is a thought-provoking film that deals with a sensitive subject. In a country that is obsessed with god and various godmen, the film has insightful arguments on age-old beliefs and rituals. In recent times, several godmen have been charged of fraud, but that hasn’t reduced the number of believers. Almost everyday we hear of a new ‘swami’ who is capable of performing miracles and changing lives forever. The film has a simple message for believers in godmen – instead of running around in search of god in temples and various other ashrams, look within, god is within all us.

80

Recommended
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
Koimoi | Roshni Devi

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.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Llife | Reza Noorani

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.

60

Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Srijana Mitra Das

Rawal's conviction is OMG's bedrock - but its beauty comes from his dynamics with Krishna (Kumar, channeling a Twilight-like zone of motorbikes, overcoats and chiseled looks), who saves his life, educates him via sacred texts and gently instructs an annoyed housewife yelling Kanji is a nastik to eat her ice-cream before it melts. Few Bollywood actors do loopy-plus-hot as well as Kumar and he's silken here, all delicate hints and half-smiles, smoothly playing the flute as Kanji shouts, "O Hari Prasad! O Chaurasia!"

70

Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

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!"

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.

70

Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

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.

70

Recommended
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

The long-winded disclaimer at the film’s outset – OMG disavows any intention of hurting the sentiments of "any individual, community, sect or religion" – softens the blow of its rational statement. 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.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Zeenews | Ananya Bhattacharya

Paresh Rawal manages to balance the act perfectly, and like a magician, juggles the premises of logic and religions – according to his convenience, and how! The film, despite being rooted in surrealism and mythology, makes genuine efforts to establish that one universal truth that has been iterated and reiterated for centuries – religion is a man-made creation, and nothing good has ever come out of it. Using Kanji Lalji Mehta as his mouthpiece, Umesh Shukla – in one clean, fell swoop – puts his finger on the root cause of all problems. Shukla makes Mithun Chakraborty’s voice speak it out – “People are not god-loving, they are god-fearing.”

60

Recommended
 
 
Mid-Day India | Janhavi Samant

Great idea. It's worked very well as a play. But the concept hasn't translated so well on film. The biggest problem is the bad picture quality. So many shots in this film – particularly the whole long courtroom climax – are so grainy and blurred. Plus the quality of picture differs from scene to scene. For some reason, Akshay is shot in some soft focus glow that looks out of sync with the rest of the film

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

Umesh uses the star power of Akshay Kumar perfectly well as he ropes him in as God. Akshay's enactment of a modern day God Krishna Vasudev Yadav, riding a hot mobike and using modern gadgets is never for once caricaturish. Instead Akshay's acting prowess only makes the character more believable. Paresh Rawal on the other hand essays his part as if it were a cake walk. Although, repeated portrayals of the character in the original play would've seasoned Paresh but in the film too he delivers a crackling performance. What comes as a surprise is the portrayal of an effiminate, long haired Swami by Mithun Chakravorthy who gives a laudable performance.

70

Recommended
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Mayank Shekhar

I suspect the problem that Paresh’s shop-owner Kanjilal has, is not with the idea of God per se. But with rituals and superstitions and any kind of organised religion, where priests and maulvis and pundits and spiritual gurus attain immense stature, make tons of money, acting as self-appointed agents of the lord. These people, he rightly believes, transform common folk into either helpless beings, or dangerous terrorists.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
DNA India | Kanika Sikka

What takes the movie to a different level is the performance. With a well-crafted character and excellent dialogues, Paresh Rawal carries the whole film as he makes you laugh, feel pity for him and even question your own faith. Akshay, who plays the role of Lord Krishna, does not have much to do in the film, yet he leaves a notable impression. In most parts, he is just an observant. Though one wishes he had more to do, you can’t complain. Mithun Chakraborty is good. Govind Namdeo, who plays the role of a God man too, is excellent in the beginning of the film, but he tends to go overboard with the character starting to irritate you in the latter half of the film.

60

Recommended
 
 
Yahoo | Rummana Ahmed

What prevents this movie from becoming brilliant is the uneven plot trajectory. While some of the dialogues and scenes are really well-written, the first half suffers from being overtly preachy in parts. Also, it is not quite clear whether Kanji Bhai is actually an atheist or is he only against the corrupt practices that plague religion. And truth be said Akshay Kumar's character doesn't really contribute to the story more than a few more preach-worthy lines.

60

Recommended
 
 
Super Good Movies | Super Good Movies

Oh My God Director Umesh Shukla keeps you involved in the on-screen happenings, courtesy an absorbing screenplay. Umesh's choice of actors for supporting roles adds a lot of sparkle to various sequences. Execution of a few sequences is plain ordinary. Introduction of Akshay could've been more dramatic and spectacular. The story has no weak point nor is there 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.

60

Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Sukanya Verma

What hurts Oh My God somewhat is the long-winded climax. After a hammering pace, Shukla slows down to arrive to a preachy (which is fine), lacklustre (which is not) conclusion. Moreover, Akshay Kumar's [ Images ] (also the producer alongwith Paresh Rawal) contribution as the story's divine intervention is a middling one. He shows up just before the interval and plays God with an unceasing smile and gentle radiance. Surface value aside, he just doesn't hold up as someone who'd know better than Rawal.

70

Recommended
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

One way to keep the occasional dullness at bay is to trying twigging on to who these filmi characters are imitating. Not too hard to do if you’ve been following the news for the last year or so, full as it has been with rich religious trusts, globe-trotting ‘swamis’, and the kind of under-the-table stuff that goes on in the name of religion. ‘Oh My God’ gets a tad schmaltzy towards the end, but I suppose that was the only way this piece of mildly irreverent tongue-in-cheek look at` ishwar-paigambar-isaah masih’ could close. But it also stays the course with Kanjibhai making a significant shift on the` naastik-aastik’ scale : he couldn’t have been left the same sort of disbeliever he was right in the beginning of the film, could he? And learning the profound lesson that makes this film worth your time : God is everywhere.

60

Recommended
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Nikhil Kumar

But it’s Paresh Rawal as the call-spade-a-spade atheist that steals everybody’s thunder with a performance that makes a strictly average movie enjoyable. His portrayal is earnest, steeped with conviction, and not without a generous smattering of humour. Here’s an actor who can evoke a grin from his tirade, without the barb losing its bite. Kudos.

60

Recommended
 
 
India Today | Vinayak Chakravorty

First, OMG makes its point without fuss and without going over the top. Provoking as the subject is, the film was clearly not intentioned to insult faith. It is a script idea that could have easily gone wrong. Films adapted from plays often tend to get too melodramatic. OMG avoids that trap.

Secondly, the film works for its lead pair. Akshay and Paresh share crackling chemistry as God and the man who will finally learn to accept the concept of God as a positive presence in life. Together, the two actors lend the film its biggest USP.

60

Recommended
 
 
Hindustan Times | Anupama Chopra

Paresh is wonderful as the stubborn, smart and eccentric Kanji. He gets a few fiery scenes in court, but the film sags because the other characters are so flimsy. Mithun Chakraborty, in a hideous wig, plays a weird, fey guru. Govind Namdeo is a godman who constantly eats fruits and shakes with anger almost every time he speaks. Eventually OMG Oh My God! dissipates into a lecture. The intentions are good, but the preaching is boring.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Deccan Chronicle | Khalid Mohamed

Now, criticism about the exploitation of religion is more than valid, but certainly not with the jingoistic attitude adopted by the script and Umesh Shukla’s mediocre direction. When issue-oriented cinema offers no new information and insight, it’s as redundant as a paint without a brush.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Sify | Sonia Chopra

Directed by Umesh Shukla, the film is below par in terms of production values, has an outdated look, and several characters are over-the-top caricatures. But you will be keen to sidestep these flaws, as the film’s content is so exciting and subversive (such that the film has been banned in the UAE).

60

Recommended
 
 
Wogma | Meetu

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.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Indiaglitz | Joginder Tuteja

'OMG - Oh My God' is a fantastic film. Even though it boasts of a complicated subject where everything from God, religion, faith and worship is challenged, the film never loses its way through it's duration. After all, a film like this was always walking a tight rope, what with more chances of a viewer going against it than for it.

80

Recommended
 
 
Bollyspice | Prateeksha Khot

OMG belongs to Paresh but all the other small characters manage to support his performance. Akshay Kumar makes an appearance as God Krishna. He doesn’t really have much to do but I think that was the whole point – God quietly watching over guiding only when required. Akshay gives that naughty, mischievous smile all the time and does make a good – and handsome- Kanhaiya!

60

Recommended
 
 

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