Bollywood director Umesh Shukla’s latest film OMG Oh My God released worldwide on Friday. With a cast boasting the loveable Akshay Kumar and the eternally hilarious Paresh Rawal, the movie has made it to our must-watch list this weekend. It even has an item song featuring the voluptuous Sonakshi Sinha and choreographer Prabhu Deva to draw in the crowds.
According to a movie review published in the Times of India (TOI), OMG Oh My God is a must watch, as it is a film that “not only entertains and inspires but also enlightens.” The story revolves around the character Kanjibhai (Paresh Rawal), who plays an atheist that makes a living out of selling idols. When his shop is destroyed after an earthquake, he cannot file a successful insurance claim, since the insurance company says an act of God is not covered in their policy. Reviewers say it is gutsy for a matinee idol like Akshay Kumar (also the film’s producer) to make a statement against idol worship. Rawal has also been given rave reviews for his role.
The film has been banned in the UAE! Trade analyst Amod Mehra told TOI that “not a single Hindi film which depicts caste or religion in any way has ever released in UAE.” The decision has been quite a blow to the film-makers, who have lost out on a whopping INR4 crore.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2012.
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