‘Can’t take away Aamir’s credit for PK’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri. na­yar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

While ac­tor Aamir Khan’s (left) PK was ap­pre­ci­ated by ev­ery­one, many also felt that the movie was very sim­i­lar to film­maker Umesh Shukla’s (right) OMG - Oh My God. There were re­ports that Aamir and the di­rec­tor of the film, Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani, of­fered to pay Shukla ` 8 crore to stop the shoot­ing of his film much be­fore PK re­leased. How­ever, Shukla has de­nied these re­ports. “Aamir is such a nice guy and he will never do some­thing like this. Even if some­one else makes a film on the same sub­ject, there will be some com­mon things. But I can’t take away his credit. In fact, even Raju Hi­rani is such a nice per­son. Do you think they will ever do such a thing?” says Shukla.

While there is a gen­eral per­cep­tion that film­mak­ers tend to only ques­tion Hin­duism in their films, Shukla de­nies this. “I ques­tioned all re­li­gions in my films. Of course, be­cause I am a Hindu, I am able to see the flaws in my re­li­gion. But Pak­istani films such as Khuda Ke Liye and Bol ques­tioned their own re­li­gion as well,” he says.

The di­rec­tor is ea­gerly wait­ing for the re­lease of his up­com­ing film that stars ac­tors Ab­hishek Bachchan and Asin. Shukla says that the story of the film talks about the im­por­tance of fam­ily val­ues in a hu­mourous way. “It is im­por­tant for the mes­sage to reach the au­di­ence. If a teacher tries to say some­thing with force, it is not taken well. How­ever, if the same con­cept is taught with love, it is un­der­stood easily,” he says.

I ques­tioned all re­li­gions in my films. Be­cause I am a Hindu, I am able to see the flaws in my re­li­gion

Umesh Shukla, di­rec­tor

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