| 7.4/10 |
28 October 2016
| M.N. Kumar
B. Jayashree Devi|
OMG – Oh My God!
"Kanji Virrudh Kanji"
P. Ravi Shankar
Sudeep, Upendra Rao, Nikita Thukral, P Ravi Shankar, Ishita Vyas
Mukunda Murari (Kannada: ಮುಕುಂದ ಮುರಾರಿ) is a 2016 Kannada satirical comedy drama film directed by Nanda Kishore. The film features Upendra in an atheist role and Sudeep playing the role of Lord Krishna, teaming up for the first time in the lead roles. The film, a remake of Hindi film OMG - Oh My God! (2012), which in turn was based on a Gujarati stage play "Kanji Virrudh Kanji", is produced by M.N. Kumar along with B. Jayashree Devi. The rest of the cast includes Nikita Thukral, Ishita Vyas, Kaavya Shah, P. Ravishankar, Avinash among others. The film has cinematography by Sudhakar S. Raj. The soundtrack and film score are composed by Arjun Janya.
The film released in over 250 screens on 28 October 2016 and became successful at the box office by completing 50 days of run.
The film follows the story of an atheist, Mukunda, who sues God after losing his shop in an earthquake. Religious organizations revolt against him and Murari visits him as his human guide.Upendra as Mukunda
Sudeep as Murari / Krishna
Nikita Thukral as Mukunda's wife
Ravi Shankar as Leeladhara Swamy
Devaraj as a retired advocate
Prakash Belawadi as advocate
Avinash as Siddeshwara Swami
Malavika Avinash as TV interviewer
Ishita Vyas as Gopika Mathe
Kaavya Shah as news reporter
Tabla Nani as Mukunda's assistant
Shivaram as Swamiji
Kuri Prathap as Insurance Company Official
K. S. Shridhar as priest
Bhavana Menon in a cameo appearance
Rachita Ram in a cameo appearance
Satish Neenasam in a cameo appearance
In January 2016, it was reported that director Nanda Kishore was under the preparation to remake the hit Bollywood film OMG - Oh My God! retaining the basic plot and giving it a native touch. Initially the film was titled 'Kiccha!! Nee Begane Baaro', 'Brahma Vishnu', 'Sri Krishanrjuna Vijaya', 'Super Star Mattu Bigg Boss' and the makers roped in two of the biggest stars Upendra and Sudeep to reprise the roles played by Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar respectively in the original version. Later the title was altered as the makers sound the earlier one was quite a common name. To bring the uniqueness to the title, it was christened as Mukunda Murari.
After having roped in Upendra and Sudeep to play the protagonist roles, the makers were on the search for the female lead and approached actress Prema hoping to bring her back to the screen after a long hiatus. Later Priyanka Upendra's name was also considered for this role. However, actress Nikita Thukral was finalized to play the wife role to Upendra. Further, actresses names such as Ramya Krishnan, Sadha and Nidhi Subbaiah were reported to play key supporting roles. Since none of these actresses were available, Ishita Vyas and Kaavya Shah were roped in to play those roles. The director went on to cast P. Ravi Shankar and Avinash to play other key roles.
The first look of the film's poster was unveiled on 1 September 2016. The film released in over 250 screens on 28 October 2016.
The film was released on the occasion of Deepavali and capitalized on the festival season by doing fantastic business. By the end of its first week, Mukundra Murari grossed a little over Rs 10 crore. The film collected ₹20 crore after completing 50 days of run in theaters.
IIFA Utsavam :-Best Villain Kannada (2016) - P. Ravishankar - Nominated ( Result Pending )
Best Lyricist Kannada (2016) - V. Nagendra Prasad for the song "Mukunda Murari Title Song - Neene Raama Neene Shyama" - Nominated ( Result Pending )
Arjun Janya has scored the soundtrack and score for the film. A total of four songs and one instrumental track were composed by him. The audio was officially released on 16 October 2016 through D Beats Music label.
1Gopala BaaPalak Muchhal - Vijay Prakash - Chintan Vikas3:39Mukunda Murari Wikipedia
2Mukunda MurariShankar Mahadevan5:21
3I Am God God is GreatUpendra Rao4:00