The upcoming movie ‘Force’ is more in news for its so called real wedding than anything else. The Pandit who performed the wedding scene between John Abraham and Genelia D’Souza claimed that couple was really married as he has performed the authentic rituals.
At 1st the producer of the, Vipul Shah dint pay much heed to the Pandit but now the sources say that he is being blackmailed by the Pandit.
"The Pandit wanted monetary compensation to not raise an alarm over the supposed sampurn shaadi (complete marriage) when it had been shot. At that time Vipul had brushed off the Pandit’s demands. Now when he read about Genelia's purported wedding with Riteish Deshmukh he is looking at a hefty pay-off to not bring up the legal validity and moral sanctity of the filmed wedding”, says the source.
It was the director, Nishikant Kamat’s idea to have a real Pandit perform the ceremony.
"This is the price we pay for my director's penchant for realism. It was he who suggested that we get a real priest. How were we to know that the priest would suddenly claim he had performed a real wedding?" says harassed Vipul Shah.
Vipul Shah is also scared that this will be an opportunity for Hindu organizations to have a go at him.
"But I'd like to remind the potential trouble-makers that Genelia is not a Hindu, and therefore the Hindu wedding rituals are not applicable to her”, says Vipul.
Most of the film fraternity has dismissed this piece of news as nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt.
"Are people really saying I'm doing this for publicity? If I wanted to carry this absurd matter forward I'd have got some Hindu organization to jump in myself. There were at least a dozen news channels wanting to do special program on the so-called marriage. I declined”, says Vipul.
Though he agrees that it’s nothing more than a publicity stunt when it comes to the Pandit.
"He is in the news. More people would now approach him to perform marriages. I'm happy he is famous at the cost of my film. But I am not taking this lying down”, he concludes.