Updated: December 23, 2014 1:10:24 pm
If you have watched Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Oh My God!’, you wouldn’t have missed the uncanny similarity between the two movies. Both the movies take hard-hitting swipes at organised religion. The arguments regarding God, Godmen and Godliness are almost similar too.
While one would wonder about this rarity, sources say that there is indeed a connection between the two ventures. “Abhijat Joshi, who co-scripted ‘PK’ with Rajkumar Hirani, is the elder brother of playwright Saumya Joshi who works closely with Umesh Shukla, the director of ‘Oh My God’ and and long-running Gujarati play ‘Kanji Virudh Kanji’ from which ‘Oh My God’ is adapted. In fact Saumya has written ‘102 Not Out’, the film featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Paresh Rawal, that Umesh is directing in 2015. Apparently, Saumya had invited Hirani and Abhijat to see the play,” says the source, according to a report published in BollywoodHungama.com.
“They saw and were very impressed by ‘Kanji Viruddh Kanji’. They immediately began to plan a film on the merchandising of religion. But then they got to know that Umesh was shooting a film based on his own play. Immediately, the script plan was revised. That’s how ‘PK’ was born,” adds the source further.
But if we look at the details, ‘Oh My God!’ released in 2012. That gave enough time to the makers of ‘PK’ to change tracks and do something visibly different. In defence of the PK team, the source quips, “Raju and Abhijat just liked the idea of religion as a commercial enterprise and wanted to use it. The minute they got to know Umesh was making Oh My God, they changed tracks completely.”
Contrary to this above given statement, another source (as quoted in DNA) says, “OMG was still being shot then. Aamir, Rajkumar and Vidhu offered Rs 8 crore to Umesh to stop shooting the film!”
This statement, enough to generate another controversy in the bylanes of the Indian Film Industry, surely calls for a clarification from the makers’ side. Will we get any? We shall wait.
(With BollywoodHungama.com and DNA Inputs)
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