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Just what the doc ordered: to cure you of religion

  • Manu Agrawal

    Manu Agrawal (50 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - April 18, 2014 10:04 AM IST
    4.0DM (7832 ratings)

    Verdict - Paisa Vasool

    OMG Oh My God!Watch trailerRelease date : September 28, 2012

    If the Aastha and Sanskaar channels are staple fare in your home, you owe it to yourself and your family to watch this one in the theater. Because it tells you a lot more about 'Dharm' and 'Karm' then Aasaram Bapu and Sudhanshu Maharaj would ever be able to.

    OMG is based on an English film, "The Man who sued God", which basically tells the story of a man who files a lawsuit against God when his Insurance claim gets rejected. It starts in Santoshi Mata mode (like all devotional flicks made earlier), with one atheist guy trying to disrespect God, while everybody else dissuades him. However, Paresh Rawal keeps it fresh with his caustic observations and funny dialogues ("Tumhaare vrat karne se mere paap kaise dhul jaenge ?? Ye to wahi baat hogayi ki mobile tumhara recharge pe lagaya, aur battery meri full hogayi!"). You get the feeling that the guy is going to see a chamatcaar and get transformed, but Paresh a.k.a Kanjibhai justifies his stand, and makes us see through the boogey godmen and their business model.

    There are shades of some prominent Personalities like Sri Sri RaviShankar, Raadhey Ma and also the core business of Tirupati (selling human hair). Albeit the makers do try to keep such references disguised in a bid to escape lawsuits.

    Some of the good work gets undone when the film accepts the existence of God and also resorts to mild theatrics. It does so without getting preachy, though.

    Acting wise, this one is a Paresh Rawal feature all the way - he commands awesome screen presence and looks every bit believable as the man determined to change the world. Akshay Kumar dazzles with his sparkling chemistry with Kanjibhai, and shows remarkable restraint that too in a role which could have absorbed the ill-effects had he gone overboard. This one is his best since Namastey London. Mithun Chakraborty plays the part of a crooked and eccentric Swami very well. Not much was demanded from the rest of the cast, and they deliver satisfactorily.

    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. This gem of a film treads the fine path of religious discourse gently, without turning blasphemous (and getting itself banned in the process).

    Will it be able to bring about a sea change in people's attitudes ? No, because as the Swami mentioned, "These are not God loving people, but God-fearing people". Still, full marks to the the film simply because the intent was noble enough. This one should be made tax free.

    Highly Recommended !!

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