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There will be no OMG Oh My God! in UAE

Shalvi Mangaokari, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 28, 2012
First Published: 14:46 IST(28/9/2012) | Last Updated: 17:51 IST(28/9/2012)

The film OMG Oh My God!, starring Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar, releases in India today. But as the makers pray for a good opening here, there is some bad news as well. The film hasn’t been given a green signal in the UAE due to the sensitive nature of its subject.

Vikram Malhotra, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures explains, “We haven’t been given an official statement yet, but from what we’ve been told, the content of the movie is too sensitive.”

When did the makers find out about this issue? Vikram says, “A couple of screenings were held by the authorities there. After reviewing the film, they concluded that the film is not acceptable to them.”

The film talks about religion and God, subjects which may hurt the sentiments of people. In the film, Paresh Rawal’s character files a case against God when he loses his faith after a storm destroys his shop. As the laws in UAE are stringent, it seems difficult for the film to get an approval for release at all.

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