OMG is based on the popular gujrati play “Kanji Virudh Kanji” which later was adapted in Hindi as “Kishan V/s Kanhaiya”.
The story is of Kanjilal (Paresh Rawal) an antique dealer who is an atheist, and who earns by duping his customers by the name of God. In one fatal day his shop is demolished due to earthquake and when he goes to the Insurance Co. for his claim, his claim is repudiated as per the clause of “ACT OF GOD”. So Kanjilal decides to sue God and asks for compensation with the help of his lawyer Hanif Qureshi (Om Puri). Summon is sent to the various God men Sidheshwar Maharaj (Govind Namdeo), Gopi Maiya (Poonam Jhaver) & an effiminate swami (Mithun Chakravarty). How Kanjilal wins the case forms the crux of the story.
The story & screenplay by Umesh Shukla is aptly adapted from the play, is taut and makes you think. The court room scenes are the highlight of the movie. The dialogues again by Umesh Shukla are strong and questions many religious beliefs which have been a part of our culture. The movie has a message that “God is separate from Religion and we should not combine both” which comes out well.
It is definitely a Paresh Rawal movie and he is just outstanding in his portrayal of Kanjilal. Rest of the cast especially Mithun Chakravarty who plays an effeminate swami is impactful, though the same cannot be said for Govind Namdeo who plays Sidheshwar Maharaj is over the top, Poonam Jhaver as Gopi Maiya has nothing much to do. Akshay Kumar’s cameo as Krishna is good and brings the necessary impact. Lubna Salim, Om Puri, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi , Arun Bali & Tisca Chopra do a good job in their brief roles.
The few weak links of the movie is the presentation especially in VFX department, it was not up to the mark, secondly the music was a huge let down and thirdly the camera work by Sethu Sriram and Raghvendra Rathore is inconsistent.
Umesh Shukla, the director who is also the director of the play as well has been successful in creating the necessary impact with the movie adaptation as well.
Overall a movie which makes you think….definitely a must watch I give 3.5 stars…