Year of release: 2008
Producer: Raman Maroo
Lead Actors: Akshaye Khanna, Genelia D’Souza, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav
"Har Har Mahadeo, Tharki Buddhe (Lustful old man) ko Aunti do"— Gems of Bollywood बॉलीवुड के रत्न (@GemsOfBollywood) October 22, 2021
Reformers @SirPareshRawal & Om Puri educate on holy Hindu chant
Film Mere Baap Pahle Aap by Priyadarshan
Urduwood never educated on Kalma or Nara e Tauheed. Why?pic.twitter.com/pZEEPIcC81
In the original 2001 film, there are no chants against Lord Mahadev. Did director Priyadarshan and his team decide to add it because it isn’t possible to make comedy films in Bollywood without such a deliberate mockery that targets a faith?
It isn’t just this scene alone. Om Puri plays a middle-aged man named ‘Madhav’ who lusts after women and has several cringeworthy scenes to his credit. Gaurav (Akshay Khanna) makes irrelevant references to Ma Saraswati when justifying his lie to the cops and the Trimurti while talking about deceit.
There is also a scene where he confronts his father about getting humiliated in college. The father uses the mandir-sthal, Bhagwad Gita and Hanuman Chalisa as tools of hood-winking.
Have you ever seen a Bollywood movie where deceptive pranks happen around Holy Books, couplets and prayer mats for some humour? Do let us know.
And for some reason, best known only to the makers of this film, Gaurav Rane and Shikha Kapoor (Genelia D’Souza) romance to the tune of ‘Ishq Subhan Allah’.
This film is still available on YouTube.