It recently came to light that Akshay Kumar and producer Ashwin Varde have planned one taking the ‘Oh My God’ franchise forward with a sequel ie. ‘Oh My God 2’ The news comes along with information regarding Yami Gautam playing the female lead, Pankaj Tripathi replacing Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar continuing with his appearance in the God avatar. A source says that Yami is looking forward to working with Akshay Kumar on a sequel to a film as loved as Oh My God as the film would mark her first collaboration with Akshay Kumar.
The source adds, “Yami Gautam will play the female lead in Oh My God 2, and she has a very crucial role in the story. While the last part was all about the fight of a man with God, this time around, the makers have come up with a unique story line that has three key roles to be played by Pankaj Tripathi, Yami Gautam and Akshay Kumar respectively. All details however have been kept under wraps”
It came to light that the script was in the development stage for over one and a half years and OMG 2 goes on floors in the month of September.
Whereas ‘Oh My God’ part one was a project under Umesh Shukla, the sequel will have Amit Rai as the director. The man who is known for the highly celebrated ‘Road to Sangam’ in 2009. The story of the new director relates to Akshay as Amit once directed a short film on Sanitary Napkins, ‘I-Pad’ which was the inspiration to Akshay Kumar starrer, ‘Padman’.
While part one was helmed by Umesh Shukla, Oh My God 2 will be directed by Amit Rai, who is known for the critically acclaimed Road to Sangam. Interestingly, Amit has also directed a short film on sanitary napkins, I-Pad, which eventually inspired Akshay Kumar starrer Padman.
“Akshay has known Amit since Padman days, and he had promised to work with him back then. He has now silently fulfilled his commitment, and is giving a game changing opportunity to Amit. OMG 2 is a big responsibility, however all the stakeholders are being cautious and responsible to take things to the next level with this film,” a source said to Bollywood Tadka.
“If they wanted to make OMG 2 just because it’s a brand, there would have been 5 OMG’s by now. But the team was clear to take things very seriously and hence have decided on making OMG only when they were all satisfied with the story. It will be released exactly a decade after the first part,” the source shared.
The lead role for ‘Oh MY God 2’, Yami Gautam recently married Aditya Dhar the director of the movie URI and the newly wedded couple was all over the news.