Although his upcoming Punjabi film Motor Mitraan Di is a satire on self-styled godmen, filmmaker Amitoj Mann insists it’s not another ‘Oh My God’. “I’d say it’s more on the lines of Rajkumar Hiran’s PK. It’s an entertaining film that will make you laugh. In the process, it also gives a message. Whether you want to take it home, is up to you,” says Mann, who was in Chandigarh with the cast of the film at JW Marriott. A comedy portraying the antics of three brothers — Paaji, Rajveer and Ravi who get involved in a situation which exposes the truth of dera babas and the events happening in their ashrams in Punjab, Motor Mitraan Di releases this December 30 and has been written by Mann and Waquas Qureshi.
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Writing was a natural flow of ideas for Mann. It was post-production and getting the film released where the real challenge lay. “It took us more than a month, correspondence, arguments, back-and-forth dialogue with the Censor Board to get the film a certificate. Because it’s inspired by our society and the babas and godmen, the Board was obviously apprehensive. It took a few cuts and changes and we’ve finally got the certificate,” says Mann. On the other hand, he adds how the artistes and him also got threats from various quarters while shooting. “When you pick an issue that is this real and alive in our society, problems are bound to happen,” says Mann, who is known for making issue-based films. Hawayein emerged from the consequences of the Blue Star Operation, the riots and victimisation of Punjab and its people. Kaafila was based on the issue of illegal immigration and his last, Gadaar, on
Mann has his fingers crossed for Motor Mitraan Di. “I have not turned a preacher with this film. It’s a reflection of what is actually happening in front of us, like drugs, money laundering, other criminal activities and not targeting anyone in particular,” adds Mann. All in a lighter vein, the film is a humorous exposé about the dera babas/godmen who make their living by duping innocent people and carrying on illegal and harmful activities within their ashrams, all under the garb of religion. It stars Gurpreet Ghuggi, Happy Raikoti, Vikram Singh Ranjha, Sonia Mann and Yograj Singh.
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