“OMG 2,” a 2023 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama movie, addresses sex education in Indian schools. Written and directed by Amit Rai, it serves as a spiritual sequel to the acclaimed “OMG – Oh My God!” (2012). The star-studded cast includes Akshay Kumar, Pankaj Tripathi, and Yami Gautam.
The film made its theatrical debut on 11 August 2023 and swiftly achieved a remarkable feat, garnering over ₹125.02 crore (US$16 million) worldwide within its initial eight days. This accomplishment positions it as the eighth highest-grossing Hindi film of 2023, spotlighting its strong reception among audiences.
OMG 2 narrates the tale of Kanti Sharan Mudgal, an ardent follower of Lord Shiva. He is a simple individual, a devoted father, and a loving husband. When his son faces accusations of improper behavior and is expelled from school, Kanti confronts the situation. He discovers that his son has fallen victim to misinformation and misguided perceptions.
Overwhelmed by sorrow and unable to manage the crisis, Kanti resolves to depart the town with his family. However, a divine intervention alters his course, leading him to the truth. Fueled by this revelation, Kanti embarks on a journey to seek justice by confronting those accountable in a court of law.
- Akshay Kumar as Messenger of Lord Shiva
- Pankaj Tripathi as Kanti Sharan Mudgal
- Yami Gautam as Kamini Maheshwari
- Pavan Malhotra as Judge Purushottam Nagar
- Govind Namdev as Pujari
- Arun Govil as Principal Atal Nath Maheshwari
- Brijendra Kala as Dr Gagan Malvia
- Aarush Varma as Vivek, Kanti’s son
- Geeta Agrawal as Indumati Kanti Sharan Mudgal
- Hemant Kumar Choudhary as Nagdev Sir
- Vijay Mishra as Advocate Ajab Bundela
- Kshitij Pawar as Hawaldar Laalchand
- Yash Bhojwani as Anup
- Shruti Gholap as Mughda Ma’am
- Rajiv Kachroo as Sunil D’Costa
- Vedika Nawani as Sophie
- Bhavesh Babani as Shaurya, Judge Nagar’s Son
- Veena Mehta as Chandu’s Mother
- Karan Aanand as Praful Maheshwari
- Jyoti Tiwari as Pandeyji’s Daughter in Law
- Aashriya Mishra as Pandeyji’s Grand Daughter
- Ajoy Chakraborty as Defendant Advocate
- Pratap Verma as Maulvi
- Namrata Kapoor as Mona’s Mother
- Hemant Soni as Middle Aged Man
- Manoj Dutt as Kanti’s Doctor
- Shiv Kumar Verma as Protesting Man
- Parag Chhapekar as Medical store owner
- Simran Sharma as Female Prostitute
Development and Casting:
Initially, there were speculations in January 2021 about the film’s production, featuring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal reprising their roles from the original. However, Rawal dismissed these claims. Subsequently, in June 2021, the sequel to “OMG” was officially announced, featuring a fresh narrative centered around Kumar.
New cast members, including Pankaj Tripathi and Yami Gautam, were confirmed in the same month. Later, in November 2021, Arun Govil was welcomed aboard to the ensemble as the Principal. This series of developments solidified the evolution of the sequel’s production and the expansion of its cast.
The film’s initial shoot commenced on September 2, 2021, in Mumbai, with Tripathi leading the way. Subsequently, Akshay Kumar joined the production during the second schedule, which started on October 23, 2021. The film’s third phase of filming began in December 2021, marking another significant step in its production journey.
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|4.||“Akelo Chal Padiyo”||Sandesh Shandilya||Sandesh Shandilya||Shradha Mishra||3:19|
OMG 2 has garnered immense acclaim from both viewers and reviewers alike.
A critique from Bollywood Hungama gave the movie a rating of 4 out of 5 stars and commented, “Overall, OMG 2 is a courageous, impactful, progressive, and sensitively executed film, showcasing powerful performances as its standout aspect.”
Renuka Vyavahare of The Times Of India awarded the film 4 out of 5 stars, mentioning, “OMG 2 illustrates how a movie can be both entertaining and socially relevant, without sacrificing informative value. It proves that humor and insightful commentary can coexist for an enjoyable viewing experience. Bring your family along to witness this unique amalgamation of wit and societal insight.”
Tushar Joshi from India Today gave the movie 4 out of 5 stars and remarked, “In sum, ‘OMG 2’ is a film that blends various elements flawlessly. In essence, it succeeds in entertaining while conveying a meaningful message. Fans of Akshay Kumar are in for a remarkable treat as he delivers one of his finest performances to date.”
As of August 18, 2023, the movie has accumulated a global box office collection of ₹125.02 crore (equivalent to US$16 million).