Due to protests by several organisations over alleged derogatory references to Hindu deities, the Akshay Kumar-Paresh Rawal movie ‘OMG Oh My God!’ could not be screened in major cities of Punjab, even as it was released worldwide on Friday.
In Jalandhar, the police called representatives of the protesting organisations for a preview, but the plan was cancelled.
“The police have assured us that no screening would be done in the city before satisfying the agitating organisations and removing controversial scenes,” said Nimisha Mehta, vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress, who led the protests.
“If the police get the film released, people will not tolerate it and the cops will be responsible for the consequences of people’s ire,” she added.
Varlochan Singh of the film’s regional distributors, Ginni Arts, informed, “The movie could not be screened at Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Nawanshahr, Hoshiarpur and one or two other places of Punjab. In the rest of the circuit that covers Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pardesh, no protest was noticed.”
“We are waiting for the clearance from the police for screening the film in the areas where there have been protests,” he added.
Additional deputy commissioner of police Navjot Singh Mahal, when contacted, said, “We are working to find an amicable solution.”