OMG 2 Movie Review: Amit Rai's 'OMG 2' (Pankaj Tripathi, Akshay Kumar, Yami Gautam) is a predictable, likeable satire with a few laugh-out-loud bits

Amit Rai
The PSA-ish film is way too long, and some plot points are not fleshed out well. But the cast makes it work.
OMG 2 Movie Review

OMG 2 Movie Cast & Crew

Production : Wakaoo Films,Viacom18 Studios,Cape Of Good Films
Director : Amit Rai

Wikipedia calls Amit Rai's OMG 2 a "spiritual" sequel to Umesh Shukla's Oh My God – and a lot of the spirituality comes from the film being set in Ujjain, home to the Mahakaleshwar temple. Pankaj Tripathi plays Kanti Sharan Mudgal, a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva in this temple town filled with Naga sadhus and picturesque celebrations of Mahashivratri that seem to have been shot by the National Geographic. The story, too, has to do with one aspect of Shiva – that is, the form in which he is worshipped. Kanti's son is caught masturbating in school, and when the threat of expulsion arises, Kanti takes on the education system in court. His mission (and the film's mission) is to say that sex education is necessary. Could this story have been told without invoking a major God? Yes. But when you make a sequel, you perhaps have to stick to some of the things that made the first movie work.

Early on, Kanti's daughter explains the concept of phone charging this way: "male cord, female slot." The younger generation is not shying away from sex talk. But still, this is a small town, and when news about the masturbation incident goes public, it gets embarrassing for the family. OMG 2 addresses a number of issues: teens worrying about penis size, quacks peddling "make it bigger" medicines, the guilt associated with masturbation, the reluctance of even Biology teachers to talk about sex, the fact that Indians used to be far cooler about sex until the British came in and made everything a taboo act… Yami Gautam plays the prosecuting lawyer as though echoing those archaic British attitudes. The first few times she approaches a witness, she is shot like the shark in Jaws nearing a hapless swimmer. So the film is basically an extended and simplistic PSA, with Akshay Kumar as one of Shiva's minions. He speaks in abstractions that help Kanti in the courtroom.

OMG 2 is way too long, and some plot points (like the one involving a big bribe, or the depressed teenage boy at the epicentre of this mess) are not fleshed out very well. But the reason the film is sit-through-able is the cast. Pankaj Tripathi is excellent as always. He's doing broad shtick, but even there, he finds nuances that keep Kanti from becoming a caricature. And the local Hindi dialect helps a lot. It makes everything sound new. The other great performance comes from the great (and criminally under-utilised) Pavan Malhotra. He plays the judge, and he also plays comedy. I can't seem to recall this actor in a comic role before, and he is brilliant. His puzzled asides with the court stenographer bring the house down. And a special nod to Brijendra Kala, whose sewing-machine joke is howlarious. I wish the proceedings had been less predictable, but this satire is impossible to dislike.

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Baradwaj Rangan

National Award-winning film critic Baradwaj Rangan, former deputy editor of The Hindu and senior editor of Film Companion, has carved a niche for himself over the years as a powerful voice in cinema, especially the Tamil film industry, with his reviews of films. While he was pursuing his chemical engineering degree, he was fascinated with the writing and analysis of world cinema by American critics. Baradwaj completed his Master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations through scholarship. His first review was for the Hindi film Dum, published on January 30, 2003, in the Madras Plus supplement of The Economic Times. He then started critiquing Tamil films in 2014 and did a review on the film Subramaniapuram, while also debuting as a writer in the unreleased rom-com Kadhal 2 Kalyanam. Furthermore, Baradwaj has authored two books - Conversations with Mani Ratnam, 2012, and A Journey Through Indian Cinema, 2014. In 2017, he joined Film Companion South and continued to show his prowess in critiquing for the next five years garnering a wide viewership and a fan following of his own before announcing to be a part of Galatta Media in March 2022.