Following years of speculation, Akshay Kumar will begin filming for the OMG: Oh My God! sequel in October. The actor has set aside 20 days for the project, which also stars Pankaj Tripathi and Yami Gautam. While there had been talk for the past decade that Paresh Rawal would star in the sequel in the same way that he did the first, everyone was surprised to learn that Pankaj Tripathi would be involved.
When inquired about Paresh’s departure from the project, a source in the business told BH, “Paresh was definitely the first choice for Oh My God! 2, in-fact the makers had even started a conversation with him. However, the actor believed that he deserved money over and above his market value as he was the lead actor in the first part and was a major reason for its success. However, the makers felt that paying more would take the budget haywire.”
“Paresh then gave another proposal of entering into a profit-sharing deal, however, even that didn’t work out as there were multiple producers involved in the project. After multiple attempts to be on the same page, the monetary deal didn’t work out and eventually Paresh decided to part ways as he strongly felt that he deserved more than what he was offered. It’s only after Paresh’s exit that the makers went ahead to sign Pankaj Tripathi. They are now confident that Pankaj Tripathi will bring in the much needed unique flavour to the story,” the source added.
Amit Rai is directing the sequel, which began filming in August alongside Pankaj Tripathi. After completing Mission Cinderella in London, Akshay will join the sets.