‘OMG 2’, starring Akshay Kumar and Pankaj Tripathi, is on the verge of joining the prestigious Rs 100 crore club. Garnering appreciation from all corners for challenging societal stereotypes, ‘OMG 2’ has been making waves. However, the movie’s script faced rejections from Karan Johar, Sony, and Ashutosh Gowariker initially.
In an interview with ETimes, the director of the film, Amit Rai, revealed that he struggled with unemployment for nearly a decade as multiple producers turned down the script. “Do they know what we go through after the script is rejected by multiple producers? Sony, Karan Johar, Ashutosh Gowariker, and others had all rejected the script,” he lamented.
Rai then lauded Akshay Kumar for his bold decision to back the project. “Finally, Akshay Kumar showed the courage to back it. He was very open to the script and said that the film needs to be made. Because of him, we are still standing strong; otherwise, ‘OMG 2’ wouldn’t have come to fruition. I met Ashwin Varde, Vipul D Shah, and Rajesh Bahl, and through them, I reached Akshay Kumar. If I hadn’t managed to reach him, the script would have languished in some corner.”
Despite facing challenges, ‘OMG 2’ was ordered by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to trim 25 scenes. The film received (A) certification, with the director managing to preserve its original essence through creative means. “They said that I can’t quote Upanishads, but I can quote what is written, so they were trapped. Words like Geeta and Yajurved got cut, but the content did not,” he shared.
Rai described the process as a “nightmare” for the VFX team, as the edits had to be swiftly executed within 70 hours to ensure a timely theatrical release.
The movie had a clash with Sunny Deol’s ‘Gadar 2’, and both films are doing well at the box office.