The Rashtriya Hindu Parishan Bharat has offered a reward to anyone who can slap or spit on Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar for offending religious sensitivities by playing Lord Shiva in the movie OMG 2, which premiered on Friday. In Agra, the group also set fire to posters for OMG 2 and Akshay Kumar as part of a protest vigil outside of theatres.
Govind Parashar, president of Rashtriya Hindu Parishan Bharat, expressed his displeasure to The Print over Akshay’s appearance, including his dreadlocks, boots, purchase of kachoris, and bathing in the unclean pond. He claimed that it was degrading Lord Shiva’s reputation.
The report also claims that the group has asked the censor board and the central government to ban the movie.
On the other hand, OMG 2 made Rs. 10.26 crore on its first day in theatres. It competes with Sunny Deol’s Gadar 2, which opened the same day and made Rs 40 crore.
Pankaj Tripathi and Yami Gautam are featured in OMG 2. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) gave it a “Adults Only” Certificate because of the controversy surrounding its sex education in Indian schools narrative.
The movie, which was directed by Amit Rai, tells the tale of a regular guy named Kanti Sharan Mudgal (Pankaj Tripathi), a devout family man who fights the system to protect his cherished son. Lord Shiva, played by Akshay Kumar, assists him through trying times and plays a crucial role in the film as his mentor.
OMG 2, billed as a satirical comedy-drama, is the much anticipated follow-up to the 2012 smash film OMG—Oh My God!, which starred Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar and was both critically and financially successful.
Chandraprakash Diwedi is the film’s creative producer, and Cape of Good Films, Ashwin Varde, Vipul D Shah, and Rajesh Bahl are also involved in its production.