Review: Oh My Dog!

Director Sarov Shanmugam’s ‘Oh My Dog!’ is a lovely, heartwarming story of a naughty playful child Arjun (Arnav Vijay) and his pet dog Simba

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Film: Oh My Dog!
Director: Sarov Shanmugam
Cast: Arun Vijay, Arnav Vijay, Vijaykumar, Vinay Rai
Genre: Kids, Drama
Rating: 3 stars

Director Sarov Shanmugam’s ‘Oh My Dog!’ is a lovely, heartwarming story of a naughty playful child Arjun (Arnav Vijay) and his pet dog Simba. The film not only tells you a heartwarming story but also has several significant messages to convey. The messages are not meant just for kids but for adults as well.

The story begins with Fernando (Vinay Rai), a wealthy but cruel dog owner, who takes pride in his dogs winning international dog competitions, ordering the death of a husky pup that is born blind. The job is entrusted to two of his sidekicks who goof up and eventually let the pup escape.

Arjun, a playful and naughty boy, discovers the blind pup and longs to bring it up. However, his parents (played by Arun Vijay and Mahima Nambiar) are in no position to raise a dog as they are neckdeep in debt.

Nevertheless, some developments take place and the child succeeds in convincing his parents to let him keep the pup. He names him Simba and begins to care for him and even looks to restore the eyesight of the pup. How Simba repays the love that his little master showers on him is what the film is all about.

In a film industry that has very few films to offer kids, ‘Oh My Dog!’ comes across as welcome relief. The story is neat and has no violent or obscene scenes that can make you squirm in your seat. The film is as much about kids as it is for kids.

Simba as the Husky pup is adorable and steals your heart. Arnav Vijay (Actor Arun Vijay’s son) looks the part and owns the character. He is convincing as Arjun from start to finish.

Mahima Nambiar as Arjun’s mother comes up with yet another stellar performance. The young girl is a powerhouse of talent and has no problems playing a character that is much, much older. The fact that she has chosen to play the mother of a young boy shows the confidence she has in her skillsets.

Arun Vijay as Arjun’s father Shankar does a neat job, not overplaying his part. Vinay as Fernando looks a little artificial and some of his antics appear to be a little unrealistic and exaggerated.

The film too has some logical lapses. But all these can be forgiven, considering the significant messages that the film has to convey — to both kids and adults.

On the whole, Oh My Dog! is a decent entertainer for kids.