The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has given the forthcoming Akshay Kumar-starring film “OMG 2” a “Adults Only” rating, with the caveat that the filmmakers must implement 27 revisions before the picture can be released on August 11, 2023. In light of the criticism that followed the releases of “Adipurush” and “Oppenheimer,” the board’s Examining Committee (EC) submitted “OMG 2” to the Revising Committee (RC) for further review, subsequent to which the following changes were suggested.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Akshay Kumar plays Lord Shiva in this Amit Rai-directed film. Ramayan star Arun Govil joins the cast of “OMG 2” with Yami Gautam and Pankaj Tripathi. On August 11th, it will hit movie screens. ‘OMG- Oh My God!’ was a smashing blockbuster in 2012, and this satirical comedy-drama is a continuation of that movie. Ashwin Varde, Vipul D. Shah, and Rajesh Bahl serve as producers with Cape of Good Films. The film’s imaginative producer is Dr. Chandraprakash Diwedi. Amalendu Chaudhary is responsible for the film’s cinematography.
UNDERSTANDING THE CONTROVERSY IN DETAIL
Censor Board Requests That Akshay Kumar Be Replaced By Doot As Lord Shiva Due To Thorough Examination Of The Controversy
The CBFC has requested that filmmaker Amit Rai switch Akshay’s role from Lord Shiva to that of a Doot (messenger). The Censor Board’s review committee made 20 cuts and additions to the film last week, and this looks to be one of them.
OMG 2 Discourses on School-Based Sexuality Education
A post alleging that the plot of OMG 2 is centered on homosexuality and mandatory s*x education started making the rounds on social media after the publication of the teaser. The caption said, “A gay guy who is bullied to the point of suicide in college.” Professor Pankaj Tripathi, shaken by the incident, pushed to make s*x education mandatory in the hopes that students would benefit from it and bullying would decline.
The censors removed almost twenty minutes from “OMG 2.” “While ‘OMG 2’ speaks about s*x education on the face of it, there is a major conflict in the film that deals with masturbation. The CBFC is concerned that the film’s religious theme would offend Indian viewers, despite the fact that the subject matter has been handled with great courage and care.
Battle Rages Over U/A Certification
Since receiving an “A” rating from the CBFC (indicating an “Adults Only” viewing), OMG 2 has been a hot topic in the media. Although the filmmakers requested a PG-13 rating, the censors recommended cutting the picture by more than 20 minutes.
The Central Board of Certification (CBFC) reportedly issued a U/A certificate for the OMG 2 trailer. The censors also suggested that Akshay Kumar play a doot (messenger) instead of Lord Shiva.
It’s unclear if the ‘OMG 2’ producers will still be able to get the desired U/A certification after making the necessary alterations, given that they’ve decided to edit scenes rather than erase them.
GADAR vs. OMG 2
When questioned about ‘Gadar 2’s’ potential conflict with Akshay Kumar’s OMG 2, Sunny Deol recently gave his opinion on the matter. The actor said, “Gadar did 2100 crore plus (at the box office), while Lagaan did much lesser.” Whether it’s for professional or personal reasons, I have no idea why individuals feel the need to compare. People didn’t see Gadar as a modern film; they assumed it was an older film with more traditional music because of its puranic-type imagery and lyrics. On the other hand, Lagaan was regarded as a classic by many. Gadar was virtually wiped off by the so-called movie talkers. The general public eventually discovered it and embraced it. I recall that a parody of Gadar was performed at certain award programs; we laughed it off.
It was reported not long after the teaser dropped that the Censor Board had sent OMG 2 to its Revision Committee for alterations. Reports have predicted that the Censor Board may err on the side of caution with OMG 2, a parody that sets God front and center, because of the backlash received by Adipurush, a rendition of the Ramayan starring Prabhas and Kriti Sanon.
It seems like the release of OMG 2, starring Akshay Kumar, on August 11 is in jeopardy. Earlier this month, rumors circulated that the Censor Board will be more stringent with the film in order to avoid the kind of criticism that was leveled at Adipurush. It now seems that the picture will not be ready for its originally planned release date. According to NDTV’s reporting, OMG 2’s trailer was given a U/A rating on Sunday but the film itself has not yet been given a rating. One of the stumbling blocks is apparently Akshay Kumar’s portrayal of Lord Shiva in OMG 2. Censor Board has reportedly requested 35 cuts, one of which is to convert Akshay’s role from Lord Shiva to a messenger of the god.
The makers of OMG 2 have said that they are hesitant to remove any sequences and will instead choose to make modifications in order to get the U/A rating they have been seeking. Since there is no major release scheduled before August 11, getting the trailer approved U/A seems a little unnecessary.