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OMG – Oh My God! is a 2012 Indian satirical comedy-drama film. The storyline is based on a Gujarati stage-play entitled Kanji Virudh Kanji. It is directed by Umesh Shukla. The film features Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles, along with Mithun Chakraborty.[6] Made on a budget of 20 crore (US$2.8 million), the film released on 28 September 2012 to widespread critical acclaim[7][8] and was declared a blockbuster. The film was remade in Telugu as Gopala Gopala in 2015 with Venkatesh and Pawan Kalyan in the lead roles and in Kannada with Upendra and Sudeep titled as Mukunda Murari in 2016.

OMG – Oh My God!
OMG Poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byUmesh Shukla[1]
Produced byAkshay Kumar
Paresh Rawal
Ashvini Yardi
Written byAkshay Kumar
Umesh Shukla
Based on"Kanji Virrudh Kanji"[2]
StarringAkshay Kumar
Paresh Rawal
Mithun Chakraborty
Music byOriginal Songs:
Himesh Reshammiya
Meet Bros. Anjjan
Background Score:
Amar Mohile
CinematographySethu Sriram
Edited byTushar Shivan
Rajesh Panchal
Distributed byViacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 28 September 2012 (2012-09-28)
Running time
130 minutes[3]
Budget20 crore[4]
Box office181 crore[5]



Kanji Lalji Mehta (Paresh Rawal), a middle-class atheist Hindu owns a shop of Hindu idols and antiques in Mumbai. He is cursed by Siddheshwar Maharaj (Govind Namdeo) when he stopped his son from playing dahi handi. A low-intensity earthquake hits the city, and Kanji's shop is the only shop that is destroyed.

Next day at the insurance office, Kanji and his neighbor-assistant Mahadev learn that the disaster claim does not cover any damage caused by natural calamities classified under "Act of God". Running out of options, Kanji decides to file a lawsuit against God but fails to find a lawyer for such a lawsuit. Finally, he meets Hanif Qureshi (Om Puri) and his daughter (Puja Gupta), a poor Muslim lawyer family. Qureshi, a disabled man, helps him file the case as Kanji decides to fight on his own. Legal notices are sent to the insurance company as well as to religious priests, Siddheshwar Maharaj, Gopi Maiyya (Poonam Jhawer) and their group's founder, Leeladhar Swamy (Mithun Chakraborty) summoning them to the court as representatives of God on earth.

During the preliminary hearing, opposition lawyer Sardesai (Mahesh Manjrekar) asks the judge to dismiss the case. But Kanji insists that the religious groups who claim to represent God on Earth should speak on his behalf. The judge and court accept this. However, Kanji soon finds himself trapped amongst armed fundamentalists, with his mortgage bank occupying the house, and his wife leaving him. In all instances, Kanji is rescued by Krishna Vasudev Yadav (Akshay Kumar), who claims to be a real estate agent, rides a hot-shot motorbike. Krishna buys Kanji's house from the bank, but allows Kanji to stay with him.

The lawsuit causes a public outcry. On Krishna's advice, Kanji goes to the media and gets wide coverage. Many people in a similar situation with insurance companies join him in the lawsuit. Catholic priests and Muslim Mullahs are also summoned to the court as defendants. However they find it difficult to prove that the earthquake was an 'Act of God'. Krishna steers Kanji towards reading holy books like Bhagavad Gita, The Quran and The Bible. When he reads them he finds a passage in each of them which says the world is a creation of God. This strengthens his case. Towards the end of his argument in court, he suddenly loses consciousness and is rushed to the hospital where he goes into a coma and is paralyzed. When Kanji opens his eyes after a month, he finds Krishna in front of him. Krishna caresses the left side of Kanji's body with his key chain and Kanji is able to walk again.

Kanji learns that the lawsuit's verdict was in his favor and religious organizations were ordered by court to pay the compensation to all the plaintiffs; people have started calling Kanji a "God". Meanwhile, Leeladhar, Gopi Maiyya, and Siddheshwar have opened a temple dedicated to Kanji and accumulated millions in donations. He also learns that as per his own "will", he is about to be taken off the ventilator and thousands have gathered for his funeral procession. Krishna gives him a choice of stopping the procession or to sit back quietly. Kanji decides to fight and Krishna takes him on his motorbike to stop the procession. Kanji arrives to find his statues erected at the place where his shop once stood. He wades through the stunned crowd and breaks the statue, then admonishes the crowd about trusting in God-men. He advises them to search for God in themselves, not in statues. When the crowd's anger turns towards the collected God-men, he prevents them from further violence and tells them to allow the cheating group to leave peacefully, advising them not to believe in them anymore.

After successfully completing the job, he goes back to Krishna to thank him, only to find him and his motorcycle disappeared. Kanji's family arrive and they are reunited. On their way home, Kanji sees Krishna's key chain on the floor. When he is about to secure it inside his jacket, he hears Krishna's voice, telling him to get rid of the key chain as fear of god was what he fought against all this time. Kanji smiles and throws it away and sees it disappear into the sky with a flash.[1]



OMG – Oh My God!
Soundtrack album by
Released28 September 2012
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerHimesh Reshammiya
Sachin - Jigar
Meet Bros Anjjan

The soundtrack of OMG – Oh My God! is composed by Himesh Reshammiya, Sachin - Jigar and Meet Bros Anjjan, whilst the lyrics have been penned by Shabbir Ahmed, Kumaar, Swanand Kirkire and Subrat Sinha. The album features Reshammiya, Shreya Ghoshal, Kailash Kher, Benny Dayal, Ash King, Suraj Jagan, Keerthi Sagathia, Zubeen Garg, Meet Bros Anjjan, Arya Acharya, Mohd Irfan, Aman Trikha and Parash Nath behind the mic.

All lyrics written by Shabbir Ahmed, Kumaar, Swanand Kirkire and Subrat Sinha, except where noted.

1."Don't Worry (Hey Ram)"Himesh ReshammiyaHimesh Reshammiya, Benny Dayal, Arya Acharya05:04
2."Mere Nishaan"Meet Bros AnjjanKailash Kher, Meet Bros Anjjan05:00
3."Tu Hi Tu"Himesh ReshammiyaMohammad Irfan04:07
4."Go Go Go Govinda"Himesh ReshammiyaMika Singh, Shreya Ghoshal05:06
5."Hari Bol"Sachin - JigarKeerthi Sagathia04:37
6."Tu Hi Tu (Reprise)"Himesh ReshammiyaSuraj Jagan04:07
7."Oh My God (Soundtrack)"Himesh ReshammiyaZubeen Garg01:28
8."Tu Hi Tu (Unplugged)"Himesh ReshammiyaAsh King03:09
9."Go Go Govinda (Reprise)"Himesh ReshammiyaAman Trikha, Shreya Ghoshal05:08
10."Don't Worry (Remix)"Himesh ReshammiyaHimesh Reshammiya, Benny Dayal, Arya Acharya03:31
11."Tu Hi Tu (Remix)"Himesh ReshammiyaMohammad Irfan04:17
12."Krishna Theme (Flute)"Meet Bros AnjjanParash Nath02:07


Producer Akshay Kumar announced the film in 2012. When the promos of the movie were released at first, people heard actor Salman Khan's voice and assumed that he was playing a role in the movie or maybe he was the narrator. Later, the director Umesh Shukla went on to clarify that Salman's voice was only being used in the promos of the movie. The director was quoted telling IANS, "He (Salman) will not be narrating in the film. He has that voice. My film is a light-hearted comedy and we need someone who can do justice to the visuals."[9]

Later, it was confirmed that Kumar's close friend Paresh Rawal who appeared in the original play Kishen vs Kanhaiya was playing the lead role with Akshay himself playing the role of Krishna in the movie.[1] Shahrukh Khan was also expected to play a supporting role in the film but later opted out of the project, and the role was taken over by Mithun Chakraborty. The filming was reported to have begun in January 2012.[10] Also, director Prabhu Deva, who earlier directed Kumar's Rowdy Rathore, has been roped in to appear in an item-number along with Sonakshi Sinha.[11] Akshay Kumar did a supporting role in the film and seen riding a specially designed bike for the movie theme, worth 1 million.


OMG – Oh My God! released worldwide on 28 September 2012.[1] Prior to its theatrical release, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) certified the film with a U certificate.

Critical receptionEdit

The film was critically well received.[12]

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and said "On the whole, OMG – OH MY GOD! is a thought-provoking adaptation of a massively successful play. A movie tackling a sensitive and an untouched subject matter, it will find its share of advocates and adversaries, but the social message the movie conveys comes across loud and clear and that's one of the prime reasons why OMG becomes a deserving watch".[13] Sukanya Verma of Rediff rated it 4 out of 5 reviewing "A brave and absorbing blend of satire, fable and fantasy that brings our attention to the misuse and commercialisation of religion".[14] Faisal Saif of Independent Bollywood rated it 4 out of 5 and said "Strongly Recommended. Fearless concept with some Fearless performances".[15]

Box officeEdit

The film had a low opening but showed good growth on its 2nd and 3rd day and collected 30 million (US$420,000) nett in its opening weekend.[16] Despite slow start, the film managed to gross collections of 357.4 million (US$5.0 million) nett in its first week.[17] The film collected 220 million (US$3.1 million) in its second week.[18] The film continued its successful run in its third week and make a total of around 725.0 million (US$10 million) in three weeks.[19] The film raked another 62.4 million (US$870,000) in its fourth week to make a total of 782.4 million (US$11 million) in four weeks.[20] Overseas, OMG – Oh My God! grossed US$2.5 million in 10 days.[21] At the end of 17 days, OMG – Oh My God! had grossed 104.5 million (US$1.5 million).[22]


The movie generated a lot of controversy over the depictions of prominent Hindu gods and Indian spiritual traditions. Jalandhar State Mahila Congress Vice President Nimisha Mehta lodged a complaint against the lead actors, Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar, and the producers of the film, for hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.[23] The notice asked them to delete objectionable scenes and dialogues.[23] Akshay Kumar was given police protection, after this incident.[24]

The movie was banned in the United Arab Emirates.[25] Vikram Malhotra of Viacom18 Pictures told the Hindustan Times: "We haven't been given an official statement yet, but from what we've been told, the content of the movie is too sensitive.[26]

On 12 July 2014, Madhya Pradesh High Court under the bench of Justice Ajay Manik Rao Khanwilkar and Alok Aradhe issued a notice to Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal for hurting religious sentiments of Hindus.[27]


The movie was awarded the Best Hindi film award by Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS) during the second IRDS Hindi Film Awards for social concern. The film has won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 60th National Film Awards.[28]

See alsoEdit


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