A short, sweet, to-the-point albeit one-sided story about questioning and affirming one’s faith.
OVERALL SCORE – 3.5/5
OMG – Oh My God! is a 2012 comedy/courtroom drama directed by Umesh Shukla, written by Umesh Shukla and Akshay Kumar, based on the play Kanji Viruddh Kanji and the film The Man Who Sued God. It stars Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Mithun Chakraborty and a host of other character actors in supporting roles. The film explores an excerpt from a middle-class businessman’s life where he attempts to sue God after experiencing a misfortune.
OMG, as a film works and falls short of working in almost equal measure. The good outweighs the not so good and exploring why that is, is the task at hand here. What it has going for it are its leads and a compelling plotline. A plotline which reads “A man who sued God” is reason enough to trigger some and intrigue others. I, personally, fall into the latter category. Keeping my own views about religion aside, this film addresses some questions which most people have asked a few times over the course of their lifetimes. The sheer audacity and clarity of thought of a man who sued the supposed divine does make for an engaging watch. Paresh Rawal carries his film on his middle-aged shoulders and an actor of his experience and nuance pulls the task off with all the elan one can expect from him. He clearly is the only character who has an arc through the film and one can point a finger at the film for not developing any other character.
All the others act as foils to his cogent point making and truly heartfelt belief system. This not water which has not been tread before but it is something which needs to be brought up once in a while to stir the pot and incite some discussion. The writing in the film deserves some praise as it writes the main character into a hole where his only option is the least promising one. It does leave room for some ex-machinas at a few places but when it creates the primary conflict, it does it with a purpose and with air-tight logic.
The filmmaking on display has nothing to boast of. It takes quite the easy route, however, it is not to say that it is bad. A small knock to the poor CGI work, it is quite the distraction. The biggest issue I find in most films about religion and/or faith is that the issue is never discussed with a deft touch. There is never any room made for a person of faith who is not a zealot or a crook. I wish a day comes forth where some cogent arguments take place where both sides talk to each other without it being a “chewing-heads-off with over-the-top characters” contest. The film does address both sides of the argument but does it in a way where one of the sides is completely shunted out of the discourse.
This film is a good entry point for any person who feels that they need to ask questions of themselves and the system at large when it comes to faith. There is a difference between faith, religion, and fear, the film tries to explore all three of these facets and gets its fair share of success in that regard. The film has some food for thought for the general public as it challenges the audience to check to think for themselves and come to their own conclusions as to where their faith ends and fear begins. The film does offer its idea of an ideal form of thought but does not force it down the audience’s throat.
I did a bit of research about the controversies surrounding the film and I only have a couple of lines in response. If anyone feels that they have a true sense of faith, they can respond to challenges to said faith with an open mind and a sense of calm because fear incites rage, faith does not.
OVERALL SCORE – 3.5/5
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