In a League of His Own; Akshay Kumar Breaking Records As Well As Stigma With OMG 2, A Film That Tackles Taboo Around Sex Education in India
Akshay Kumar, one of the most respected actors in India, has embarked on an awe-inspiring journey within the Indian film industry by captivating audiences with his recent movie – Oh My God 2, a successful sequel to the 2013 hit, which has already amassed over 20 million dollars globally.
The actor has an impressive track record of delivering a series of hits over the years and has used his fame and success to make cause-driven films relevant. His previous films like ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ dealt with open defecation, followed by ‘Padman’ which spoke about menstrual hygiene. Through his film projects and social causes, Akshay employs over 10,000 people annually, proving he believes in action over ideation.
Akshay Kumar is widely known for his action blockbusters, where he pulls off Hollywood-esque daredevil stunts similar to Tom Cruise. Over the years his blockbusters have surpassed the billion-dollar mark, a remarkable achievement in the Indian Film Industry.
Akshay Kumar’s powerful performance has once again taken centre stage in the recently released OMG 2. The film has garnered commercial and critical acclaim from viewers and critics. With this movie, Akshay Kumar has reaffirmed his exceptional talent by boldly challenging the unconventional norms on sex education, a pressing need in today’s India. Considered by many as one of his finest performances to date, Akshay Kumar’s depiction as the messenger of Lord Shiva has left an enduring impression.
However, the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and certain segments of the country deemed the film suitable exclusively for viewers aged 18+ and thus, the film has received an A+ certificate. People in India, including students, are sharing their opposition against the CBFC’s decision, on social media. They’re even engaging with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Twitter, which is unusual in a country like India. A large section of the audience believes that this rating limits the movie’s accessibility despite its positive impact.
As per a 2007 report, 85% of young Indians lack access to sex education. The report has further unveiled that sex education has been prohibited in five states across India. Even conservative nations such as Oman and the UAE allowed for a release with a 12+ rating for the film. India being the land of Kamasutra, and known for Khajuraho, sex is still a taboo topic that is not discussed openly.
Despite all these challenges, Akshay Kumar fearlessly addresses the issue of sex education in the country with utmost responsibility. As his films continue to inspire and uplift, Akshay Kumar and the film OMG 2 continue to stand as a testament to shaping a better future for India’s youth.