CAST & CREW
Oh My God revolves around Kanji Lalji Mehta and his war against religion. Even though he is an atheist, he earns his livelihood by selling religious goods to overly religious people by reinforcing their superstitions and beliefs through cooked up stories. His shop is destroyed in an earthquake for which the insurance companies refuse to pay as it is an “act of God”. So he decides to take God to court. The case turns into a class action suit, and he invokes the ire of many Godmen who have been exploiting people’s superstitions and beliefs to make money. The story takes a fascinating turn when a man named Krishna Vasudeva Yadav arrives to help Kanji at the time when he had lost all hope. How the case progresses and how the whole process changes Kanji’s beliefs, and principles are what this movie is all about.
Being an adaptation of a famous Gujarati play, there was a template that was there for the makers of the film to follow, and they have managed to execute it in an entertaining manner. Having a stellar cast with Paresh Rawal leading the way adds to the appeal of the movie. There are many hilarious court sequences and the character played by Akshay Kumar has been conceptualized brilliantly (cannot reveal any more about his character without spoiling the movie). The drama is on the higher end at many points, but that can be forgiven because the movie is on wholly engaging and provokes the moviegoer to think about a relevant issue.
Paresh Rawal steals the show as Kanji, and he carries this movie on his shoulders. His ability to play a character with shades of gray and yet make you root for him is incredible, and this movie is entirely his. Akshay Kumar does a decent job in his brief role and manages to stay true to his character. Mithun Chakraborty deserves special mention for his antagonist character, who though is sometimes overplayed manages to capture the essence of the modern Godman, who profits from the superstitions of the religious people of this country. Om Puri and Mahesh Manjrekar also shine in their small parts.
Paresh Rawal. He is a stellar performer, and this movie is entirely reliant on his performance.
Akshay Kumar’s character is an interesting idea that is well-executed.
The many court sequences where Kanji deals with a serious issue through both humor and hyperbole.
WHAT’S NOT THERE?
Certain sequences are overly dramatic and spoil the general flow of the movie
The movie could have been shorter.
Oh my God is an entertaining movie that takes a serious issue and makes the moviegoer think and laugh at the same time. Though it can’t be termed as a must watch, it is an enjoyable movie experience.
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