OMG2 hurts sentiments; Hindu outfit offers Rs 10L for slapping Akshay Kumar; demands bantext_fields
Agra: The Rashtriya Hindu Parishan Bharat has announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone who slaps or spits on Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar for hurting the sentiments of people with his portrayal of Lord Shiva's messenger in Oh My God 2 (OMG2).
The outfit burnt the actor’s effigies and the film’s posters Thursday and said it would not back down from demonstrating before theatres.
Organisation president Govind Parashar announced the reward, asserting certain scenes belittled Lord Shiva, reports The Print.
Akshay Kumar portrays the role of Lord Shiva’s doot or messenger, who stands in for the Lord himself with dreadlocks to boot, buys kachodis, and apparently takes a bath in dirty pond water in the film, says the complaint. According to Parashar, these tarnish the image of the god.
He also demanded a ban on the movie by the censor board and the central government, warning of sustained protests otherwise. Angst against the film is also gaining ground in other cities.
Vrindavan’s Sadhvi Rithambara, the founder of the Durga Vahini, has slammed the satirical comedy that was released on 11 August.
In a speech at her ashram Vatsalya Gram, Sadhvi Rithambhara said, “It is the leniency of Hinduism that prompts Bollywood to commit such audacity again and again. They are afraid of commenting on any other religion except Hinduism.”
She said Hindu gods and goddesses have been insulted on the silver screen before, adding, “The faith of Hindus should not be played with.”
She urged Hindus to strongly protest against Bollywood as “people should not play with our devotion to Lord Shiva and his supernatural form”.
The priests of Ujjain’s Mahakal Temple have also demanded the removal of some scenes shot on the temple’s premises, calling them “obscene”.
The narrative of the movie is woven around Kanti Sharan Mudgal (Pankaj Tripathi), an ardent Shiva devotee living in Ujjain. When his faith is tested, the Lord’s messenger arrives in all kinds of zany disguises to help Kanti out.
The film helmed by Amit Rai, is a sequel to 2012’s release OMG, fronted by Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar, who had then played the role of Lord Krishna.
The Censor Board has given OMG 2 an “A” certificate but not before removing nearly 13 minutes of it.