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 dealing with the large ‘Gadar 2’ wave, this film has managed to put in writing its personal success story. In six days, ‘OMG 2’ minted Rs 80 crore and is on its technique 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 happening in your thoughts when the CBFC urged 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. Folks from in every single place are demanding a U/A certificates for the movie however I don’t perceive why the board is just not 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 based mostly 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 mentioned that the revising committee will give the certificates. However now that everybody is saying that the movie needs to 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 good thing about the movie in addition to for the youngsters and the general public at giant.
How did you handle to save lots of your movie from the quite a few cuts?
I took just a few steps intelligently. They mentioned that I can’t quote Upanishads, however I can quote what’s written so that they had been trapped. Phrases like Geeta and Yajurved received reduce 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 workforce however we managed to edit all of it out in some 70-odd hours.
Your target market is just not capable of watch the movie. Is it disheartening?
There’s positively an angst. However now we have to comply with the legislation of the land. I can oppose however can not insurgent. I’m right here to make movies and never convey a revolution. There are different issues in life as properly.
I used to be sitting at house for about 10 years as a result of nobody was giving me work after ‘Street To Sangam’. After that, you make a movie and then you definitely’re informed 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 mentioned 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. Perhaps my children would have made airplanes from these papers or any person 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 will’t present it.
What was your response when the manager committee mentioned that the revising board will take a call on ‘OMG 2’?
I informed them at the moment as properly that I’ve not executed or mentioned something titillating or offensive in ‘OMG 2’ and why aren’t they watching the movie the best way it has been made? They informed 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 trade after watching the movie?
Rakesh Roshan known as me and mentioned that he watched ‘OMG 2’ at his Khandala bungalow and he appreciated it. After a very long time, I watched a movie that touched me, he mentioned. Director Ali Abbas Zafar additionally known as me.
How did this topic come to life?
My baby hacked my Gmail account. I received scared and informed 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 possibly the improper manner.
Do you suppose intercourse schooling needs to be obligatory in colleges?
one hundred pc. There’s no different manner. Modifications that might take many years to occur earlier at the moment are taking place in just a few days due to the web. You possibly can inform your baby to not eat noodles at house, however there are numerous noodle stalls and retailers on each nook of the town.
Something that you simply want you can change within the movie?
I really feel relating to depicting Chandu’s house, it isn’t clear that it’s a Dalit’s home. It received reduce 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 function of Lord Shiva and he gave plenty of inputs too. Actually, the track Har Har Mahadev was introduced by him.
Had 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 could be very easy. I need to make movies, play with my kids, 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 straightforward work. Folks raised questions once 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 each one of us should pay to a historic character. We haven’t given him his due and I plan to showcase the identical in my subsequent.