Hindu priest, who claimed John Abraham and Genelia D'Souza got married for real while shooting a wedding scene in Force, now wants money to keep his mouth shut.
After reports of Riteish-Genelia's alleged wedding surfaced, the Hindu priest, now, wants to make the most of the opportunity. "The pandit wanted monetary compensation to not raise an alarm over the supposed sampurn shaadi (complete marriage) when it had been shot. At that time, Vipul had brushed off the pandit's demands. Now when he read about Genelia's purported wedding with Riteish Deshmukh, he is looking at a hefty pay-off to not bring up the legal validity and moral sanctity of the filmed wedding," a source told Mid Day.
While Vipul wanted an actor to play a priest, director Nishikant Kamat insisted on a real Pandit. "This is the price we pay for my director's penchant for realism. It was he who suggested that we get a real priest. How were we to know that the priest would suddenly claim he had performed a real wedding," Vipul told the tabloid.
Vipul, who feared other Hindu organisations could create a scene over the episode, clarified Genelia is a Christian, "But I'd like to remind the potential trouble-makers that Genelia is not a Hindu, and therefore the Hindu wedding rituals are not applicable to her."
He denied this to be a publicity stunt. "Are people really saying I'm doing this for publicity? If I wanted to carry this absurd matter forward, I'd have got some Hindu organisation to jump in myself. There were at least a dozen news channels wanting to do special programme on the so-called marriage. I declined."
Surely John and Genelia don't consider themselves married. While Genelia is involved with Riteish in a serious relationship, John is reportedly dating an investment banker Priya Marwah after his split with Bipasha Basu.