‘OMG! Oh My God’ may be coming to a close as far as its superb box office run is concerned. However with over 100 crores coming in from worldwide collections, it has turned out to be the biggest surprise success of 2012.
Though the film was expected to do well with the audience, considering the fact it’s director Umesh Shukla had already collaborated with Paresh Rawal on the play on which it was based, the mind boggling collections have defied all predictions whatsoever.
Moreover, it has also emerged that the filmmaker, while carrying a novel subject no less, was visibly inspired by some terrific filmmakers from past and present who have managed to bridge the gap between quality cinema and commercial success.
“When I saw films like ‘Rang De Basanti’ or ‘Munnabhai MBBS’, I could sense that these were cult films in the making. I just wondered that what went in the mind of a script writer and how would the narration have actually taken place. After all, these films were so different from what was being made in the times when they were released.
After ‘Dhoondte Reh Jaoge’ didn’t work in accordance to the kind of potential it carried, I wanted to come back in a big way. I knew that if I allowed a chance like OMG to slip by, toh main kahin ka nahi rahoonga. I wanted script to be the hero and was back to the basics”, says Shukla.
Resultantly, there were quite a few filmmakers whose work started inspiring him. Though sub consciously he was always fond of films coming from the house of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Rajkumar Hirani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Prakash Jha, to name a few, it was time for him to start observing their work far more closely.
“I had to bring in simplicity like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, entertainment in the mode of Rajkumar Hirani, a hard hitting statement in the Prakash Jha way and some real life mood and setting, just like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra excels in.
I felt that OMG was the kind of film where this cocktail could have worked”, smiles Umesh as he reflects in retrospective, “I had tremendously enjoyed films made by these men and wanted to bring those ingredients in the right quantity for my film.”