"May the eternal energy of Adiyogi bless us through this journey.”
Akshay Kumar has donned blue skin for his role in the upcoming movie OMG 2, the sequel to OMG: Oh My God! (2012).
The Bollywood superstar is seen sporting blue skin and long dreadlocked hair in the first official posters released for the film.
Kumar, who was also a lead in the original movie, shared them across his social media platforms, adding the following caption:
“Need your blessings and wishes for #OMG2, our honest and humble attempt to reflect on an important social issue.
“May the eternal energy of Adiyogi bless us through this journey.”
Fans are speculating that the actor could be set to play the Hindu god Lord Shiva, who is also portrayed in a similar manner.
Additionally, Adiyogi is among one of the many names used to refer to the god, with others including Mahesha and Mahadeva.
Kumar also tagged his co-stars Pankaj Tripathi and Yami Gautam Dhar as well as others involved in the sequel in his posts.
OMG: Oh My God! (2012) was a critically acclaimed satirical comedy film that was written and directed by Umesh Shukla.
It was an official remake of Australia’s The Man Who Sued God (2001) which starred Scottish comedian Billy Connolly.
Meanwhile, the storyline was based on the Gujarati play Kanji Virudh Kanji written by Saumya Joshi and Bhavesh Mandalia.
The film featured Paresh Rawal, who played a middle-class atheist and Akshay Kumar who played the Hindu god Lord Krishna.
Mithun Chakraborty, Om Puri, Govind Namdeo and Poonam Jhawer, also appeared in main roles alongside a number of others.
There were also cameos from other actors including Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhu Deva who were in the sequence for the song ‘Go Govinda.’
However, OMG: Oh My God! (2012) drew a lot of controversy for its depiction of prominent Hindu gods and religious and spiritual traditions.
A complaint was lodged against the lead actors and producers by Punjab Mahila Congress Vice President Nimisha Mehta for hurting Hindu religious sentiments.
They were asked to delete certain scenes and dialogues and Kumar was given police protection following the complaint.
The film was also banned in the UAE for being too sensitive an issue.
Although initial opening day numbers were low, the film soon became highly successful through word of mouth.
There does not appear to yet be an official release date for Akshay Kumar’s latest film OMG 2 with filming still ongoing.