- release date: – 2023/12/08
- cast:- Pankaj Tripathi, Pawan Malhotra, Yami Gautam Dar, Akshay Kumar
- Written by:- Rajvir Ahuja (conversation), Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Amit Rai, Kabir Sadanand, Samir Gautam Singh
- director: – Amit Rai
“An intricate tapestry of religion, education and modern reality. Could have done better.”
“OMG 2” is a sequel to “OMG” released in 2012. The story and characters have nothing to do with the previous work. The only recurring character here is Akshay Kumar, who plays Shiva’s messenger. Nevertheless, comparing his actions in the film and his role in the prequel, it is clear that he is actually portraying Lord Shiva. Changing the role to a messenger of Lord Shiva was one of 27 changes mandated by the censorship board before the film was released with an adult designation, and director Akshay Kumar’s film has seen dozens of changes. This is the first time in years that he has received such a designation.
As if that wasn’t enough, the film sparked outrage from various sectors of society, the media, and even the film industry. Since director Akshay Kumar announced at a film festival that his next project would center around sex education, some of the public have linked the Hindu religion with LGBTQ+ rights, or portrayed something that could be. I was worried that it would be a new attempt by Bollywood. shallow thinking. This can cause significant confusion and misunderstanding of the religion, especially among younger generations who are already grappling with the misconceptions pervasive during the British colonial period and perpetuated by Macaulay’s entrenched educational system. It is now a system in urgent need of comprehensive reform.
I approached “OMG 2” cautiously, but within minutes of its opening, the movie grabbed my attention. I saw through the film’s fundamental flaws from the beginning, but it did not change my deep respect for my religion. Kanthi Sharan Mudgar’s (Pankaj Tripathi) life comes crashing down when his son is expelled from an elite school for allegedly misbehaving with a student at a prestigious school. Mudgar worked hard to get his son enrolled in school and did his favor. Mudgar’s ordeal does not end there. Not only is his son exposed to social stigma, he is targeted by other guardians and pushed to the brink of suicide. Mudgar finds himself helpless and tries to escape the situation, but the role of Akshay Kumar appears in his life. Mudgar gradually begins to realize his course of action that he should have taken long ago. What unfolds next forms the essence of the story.
Related issues to be addressed carefully and sensitively:
The trials Mudgar’s son is going through are very real and can happen to any of us. The solutions Mudgar proposes throughout the course of the film, as well as the fictional cases his character argues amidst widespread criticism and backlash, are just as spot on. I liked the fact that the writers almost always portray Mudgar’s character as being on the back foot. He comes up with good reasons to put his case on hold, and it’s also thanks to the intervention of God who is always near him. This not only shows the seriousness of the situation the protagonist is in, but also helps keep the story momentum and tension.
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The way the boy is condemned by society and reprimanded at first by his father and family is so real that it always feels like it happened to all of us. This helps add the necessary realism and drama to the progression, and goes a long way in keeping the story interested and engrossed in us until the very end.
Great performance by Pankaj Tripathi who played the main character:
I was expecting great performance from Tripati. It is no exaggeration to say that the entire film lives and breathes through the character of Kanthi Sharan Mudogal. Through this character, we experience the misery, confusion, anxiety, fear, frustration, and needless guilt that character is tasked with conveying to the audience.
Mudgar’s character not only changes throughout the course of the film, but he also learns the deep philosophical and scientific teachings encompassed by the great Hindu religion. Not only does this make him a better person, but it also helps prove a point that could have come to define the society in which he lived. Tripati manages to bring out the nuances of the characters beautifully, maximizing each of the traits mentioned here. honesty and sincerity. This transforms his character into something that transcends narrative boundaries and appeals to us on a deeper level.
Emphasis on scientific treatment of issues rather than focusing on any topic.
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I was happy to point out that the film never tried to push the agenda of sexual liberation, LGBTQ+ issues, or other contemporary concerns. On the contrary, it emphasizes treating sex education and sexual health from a purely scientific perspective, which I believe could be an important and viable addition to the lacking modern educational curriculum. I’m here. I appreciated the fact that the film didn’t hesitate to show how kids these days turn to the internet for answers when their parents and teachers can’t answer their questions. The film provides a graphic picture of how destructive and harmful this is to the health and well-being of children. Several other films have been made with similar subject matter, but the story of “OMG 2” deals with the age group most at risk for self-harm. They are also at risk of incomplete and dangerous learning. Their education should not be regulated by parents and teachers, but taught to be relevant to a rapidly changing world.
Religious characters and motifs are treated with respect and dignity.
Akshay Kumar was originally slated to play the role of Lord Shiva in the film. However, his character had been changed to be a messenger of Lord Shiva, which he felt was unnecessary. Sanathan Hindu law has no concept of a messenger. According to our faith, our God lives in us and has shown us how to live. That being said, the film is very respectful of religious motifs and expresses religious pride. Akshay Kumar’s character is seamlessly integrated into the modern narrative, effortlessly demonstrating through the teachings of the scriptures how important the great Hindu teachings and scriptures are to this day.
That said, the film has some major flaws. The struggles and predicaments endured by the characters of Kanti Sharan Mudogal and her son feel genuine and reflective of real life, but I can’t help but feel that it’s exaggerated. I couldn’t get it. The extent to which it evokes emotion and drama in the audience. The whole conflict seemed blown out of proportion. All of it seemed overly dramatic considering the time period and social background of India. This may have been a significant problem decades ago, but with the proliferation of mobile phones, modernization, and a fair amount of scientific thinking in most of India’s second and third tier cities, In today’s day and age, such extreme and uncontrollable situations occur. What is depicted here is unimaginable. It’s well-directed, but the intensity of the story and the challenges faced by the characters feel too surreal. This realization becomes even more apparent when looking back at the film later.
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The trial feels like a farce and lacks even the slightest hint of seriousness.
One of the big issues I felt about the film had to do with the trial serving as comedic relief rather than a serious critique of the social and social problems prevalent in the country. . Too much emphasis is placed on making the proceedings light, interesting, and lively, and somewhere the seriousness of the issue is forgotten. Just before the incident begins, he witnesses Mudgar’s son attempting suicide. Shortly after, we find Mudgar himself portrayed in the courtroom with typical Pankaj Tripathi like comedic elements. You can’t blame Tripathi for this aspect of the film. That’s what the director should have pointed out. This critical flaw in the script persists throughout, and even during serious cross-examination, the director can’t help but introduce clever cracks and unnecessary comedic elements. This greatly affects the overall effect of the story.
Weak scripts for supporting characters:
The film’s supporting cast includes outstanding actors such as Yami Gautam Dhar and Pawan Malhotra. Both of these actors could have acted as perfect foils for Pankaj Tripathi if they used the story wisely and to their advantage. Unfortunately, the writing of these characters is so weak and so lacking in direction that it ends up being a shallow and uninspiring caricature of their true potential. They exist simply to deliver a line of dialogue or to provide a lively presentation, but when it comes to having a significant impact in their respective roles and posing a significant challenge to the protagonist, they are underdeveloped. It looks poorly written.
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The last word:
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“OMG 2” is an intricate blend of thematic and narrative elements that make this a compelling film. Controversy over numerous changes to the film, combined with social protests, reflects a sensitivity around the intersection of religion and contemporary social issues. In particular, the film’s emphasis on science education and depiction of real-life challenges, even if dramatically exaggerated at times, is commendable. Pankaj Tripathi’s performance as Kanti Sharan Mudgar adds depth and sincerity to the film, but the weak script of the supporting characters undermines the intensity. Overall, “OMG 2” navigates a complex narrative landscape with its ups and downs, prompting viewers to ponder not just its content, but the broader dialogue it initiates.
Rating: 3/5 (3 out of 5 stars)
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