OMG2 Impact: Education Society adds Sex Education to syllabus

Writer-director of OMG2, Amit Rai (centre) at its Ulhasnagar screening. Photo: Hype PR

The Akshay Kumar-Pankaj Tripathi-Yami Gautam starrer, OMG2, has been making waves since its release last week and has crossed Rs 110 crore nett already at the domestic box-office. It has also done extremely well overseas.

The film has turned out to be a highly-acclaimed entertainer, laying emphasis on the need for sex education in India. Since the film’s release, several voices have been heard demanding the subject’s inclusion in school curriculums, including from the normal populace and media.

Now, an education society in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, has become the first one to include Sex Education in it syllabbus.

A few days back, a special screening of OMG2 was organized by the Sindhu Education Society in Ulhasnagar under the leadership of Rekha Thakur (Secretary). The audience included 184 teachers and principals from around 15 schools in Ulhasnagar. Amit Rai, the writer and director of OMG2, had also been invited for the occasion. The film received a thunderous response from everyone present.

After the screening, the organizers (Sindhu Educational Society) announced that they would start including sex education in their curriculum from the current academic year. This has come as a huge victory for the makers of the film. The CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) is facing a lot of flak for its ‘modifications’ in the film and giving it an Adults Only (18+) rating, but an education society has been so impacted by the film that they have revised their curriculum. The message is clear – India has shown its readiness for a major change in the education system, thanks to the film.

Amit Rai says, “This is something I shall always cherish. The purpose behind making this film has been attained. I am so happy that the film is not just doing well commercially but our message has reached out to people at large and we are witnessing changes happening all around us. Nothing can be more gratifying than this.”

Aruna Bhatia, Ashwin Varde, Vipul D. Shah, Rajesh Bahl, Swaroop Sampat Rawal, Ajit Andhare, Jyoti Deshpande & Hemal A. Thakkar have co-produced the film.

The film thus joins the list of a few exclusive films that have quietly been instrumental in bringing about social change. Yes, there have been such films in the last two decades—all successful, notably Baghban, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, Vicky Donor, Toilet—Ek Prem Katha, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Pad Man and Badhaai Do. And, of course, this film’s prequel, OMG—Oh My God! is also a part of such landmark movies.






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