Amit Rai: Karan Johar had rejected ‘OMG 2’ script, Akshay Kumar showed the courage to back it | Hindi Movie News - Times of India

Akshay Kumar as Lord Shiva’s messenger and Pankaj Tripathi’s portrayal of a easy father in ‘OMG 2’ has struck a chord with the viewers. Regardless of a restricted launch and going through the huge ‘Gadar 2’ wave, this film has managed to jot down its personal success story. In six days, ‘OMG 2’ minted Rs 80 crore and is on its approach to enter the coveted 100 crore membership this week. In an unique chat with ETimes, director Amit Rai revealed that he’s nonetheless combating towards the A certificates awarded to ‘OMG 2’ and shared why this film was an uphill battle.Excerpts:

What was occurring in your thoughts when the CBFC recommended cuts within the movie?
I attempted my greatest to make them perceive to present the movie a U/A certificates, and I’m nonetheless doing that. Individuals from all over the place are demanding a U/A certificates for the movie however I don’t perceive why the board will not be issuing it. There may very well be a chance of a particular provision if one thing is sweet.

What was the primary response of the CBFC?
I can’t describe their response in phrases, you’ll be able to gauge that primarily based on the cuts they’ve requested for. First, they despatched it to the revising committee as a result of they didn’t need to give a censor certificates to the movie. They stated that the revising committee will give the certificates. However now that everybody is saying that the movie must be given a U/A certificates, why can’t the board revise it? I’m requesting them to present the movie a U/A certificates for the advantage of the movie in addition to for the youngsters and the general public at massive.
How did you handle to avoid wasting your movie from the quite a few cuts?
I took just a few steps intelligently. They stated that I can’t quote Upanishads, however I can quote what’s written so that they have been trapped. Phrases like Geeta and Yajurved received minimize however the content material didn’t. We needed to redub plenty of issues. They requested me to take away the reference to Ujjain and Madhya Pradesh. It was a nightmare for the VFX group however we managed to edit all of it out in some 70-odd hours.
Your audience will not be capable of watch the movie. Is it disheartening?
There’s undoubtedly an angst. However we’ve got to comply with the regulation of the land. I can oppose however can’t insurgent. I’m right here to make movies and never deliver a revolution. There are different issues in life as properly.
I used to be sitting at residence for about 10 years as a result of nobody was giving me work after ‘Highway To Sangam’. After that, you make a movie and then you definitely’re advised you can’t present this movie. What do I do?
Do they know what we undergo after the script is rejected by a number of producers? Sony, Karan Johar, Ashutosh Gowariker and others had all rejected the script. Lastly, Akshay Kumar confirmed the braveness to again it. He was very open to the script and stated that the movie must be made. Due to him we’re nonetheless standing robust in any other case ‘OMG 2’ wouldn’t have gotten made. I met Ashwin Varde, Vipul D Shah, and Rajesh Bahl and thru them, I reached Akshay Kumar. If I hadn’t managed to achieve him, the script would have remained in some nook. Possibly my children would have made airplanes from these papers or anyone would have eaten chana in it. After getting an actor and placing in additional than Rs 50 crore to make the movie, the CBFC says that we are able to’t present it.
What was your response when the manager committee stated that the revising board will take a call on ‘OMG 2’?
I advised them at the moment as properly that I’ve not finished or stated something titillating or offensive in ‘OMG 2’ and why aren’t they watching the movie the way in which it has been made? They advised me that I’ll should go to the revising committee which is able to scrutinize the movie and provides a censor certificates.
Who was the primary particular person to name you from the business after watching the movie?
Rakesh Roshan referred to as me and stated that he watched ‘OMG 2’ at his Khandala bungalow and he favored it. After a very long time, I watched a movie that touched me, he stated. Director Ali Abbas Zafar additionally referred to as me.
How did this topic come to life?
My baby hacked my Gmail account. I received scared and advised my spouse that when each of us can be out for work, he’ll watch something on YouTube. Earlier than I may make him perceive what love and intercourse is, the web would have taught him about it, and perhaps the flawed manner.
Do you assume intercourse training must be necessary in colleges?
100%. There’s no different manner. Modifications that might take many years to occur earlier are actually taking place in just a few days due to the web. You’ll be able to inform your baby to not eat noodles at residence, however there are lots of noodle stalls and retailers on each nook of the town.
Something that you just want you possibly can change within the movie?
I really feel in terms of depicting Chandu’s residence, it isn’t clear that it’s a Dalit’s home. It received minimize due to the movie’s size. A Brahmin having walked right into a Dalit’s home or Lord Shiva arriving in a Dalit’s home may have been underlined higher.
What sort of involvement did Akshay have in making ‘OMG 2’?
Akshay Kumar would ask plenty of questions like a baby as a result of he was enthusiastic to play the position of Lord Shiva and he gave plenty of inputs too. In reality, the tune Har Har Mahadev was introduced by him.
Have been any modifications made to his look?
It was the identical because the starting as a result of Lord Shiva is like that. There was a tattoo on his hand which ultimately didn’t look good so we eliminated it.
Now that you’ve got recognition, how do you see the journey forward?
My view of life may be very easy. I need to make movies, play with my youngsters, and do work that I like. I used to be by no means part of the rat race and nor do I want to be a part of it. Each movie brings its personal challenges and struggles. I don’t consider simple work. Individuals raised questions after I wished to make ‘Road To Sangam’, however I managed to make that movie in 3-4 crores. The identical factor occurred with ‘OMG 2’.
What are you engaged on subsequent?
There’s one story that’s even greater than ‘OMG 2’. You shall learn about it when it comes out. There’s a debt that every one of us should pay to a historic persona. We haven’t given him his due and I plan to showcase the identical in my subsequent.

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