Mumbai: The Hindu priest, who claimed that John Abraham married Genelia D’Souza for real while shooting for a wedding scene in Vipul Shah’s ‘Force,’ now wants the producer to buy his silence!
Interestingly, ever since the news of Ritiesh Deshmukh-Genelia D’Souza’s alleged wedding hit the stands, the Hindu priest wants to make the most of this opportunity as a source told a daily, “The pandit wanted monetary compensation to not raise an alarm over the supposed sampurn shaadi 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.”
Apparently, while Vipul wanted an actor to play priest, director Nishikant Kamat insisted on taking a real pandit in ‘Force.’ “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,” Vipul told a tabloid.
Meanwhile, Vipul feared that Hindu organisations could create a ruckus over this issue and clarified that Genelia is a Christian, “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.”
When enquired whether John-Genelia marriage was a publicity stunt, an agitated Vipul retorted back, “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 organisation to jump in myself. There were at least a dozen news channels wanting to do special programme on the so-called marriage. I declined.”
As of now, John is going around with an investment banker while Genelia-Riteish is a couple.