Mumbai: PM Narendra Modi, a film based on the political life of India’s current Prime Minister featuring Vivek Oberoi, is finally going to be released in cinema houses on 5 April. Earlier, the movie was slated to be released on 12 April, a day after the first phase of the election is scheduled to begin.
The film has also got a green signal from the Delhi High Court that rejected a PIL questioning the film’s release date. The movie’s trailer has already been released.
PM Narendra Modi has been in news since the trailer of the film was released. All the opposition parties, including the Congress, have alleged that the film’s release just prior to the Lok Sabha Elections is a sheer violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MoC). It further alleged that the BJP was trying to woo the voters through this film.
Vivek Oberoi: We are not projecting Modi ji as larger than life, he already is larger than life. We are not projecting him as a hero, he already is a hero,not only for me but for crores of people in India and abroad. Its an inspirational story which we brought to the screen. pic.twitter.com/kxAmK22UEq
— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2019
[pullquote]Actress and Congress Leader Nagma, who was present during the conversation, said that big stars like Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan’s wife and Shahrukh Khan are not talking about this film[/pullquote]
However, Oberoi, who plays Narendra Modi in the film, had this to say when interviewed by a reporter: “It is a free country and so, I am allowed to make a film and also release it. I am surprised that people like Nagma who also belongs to the film fraternity is also opposing the film. Nagma is my senior and she is not supporting the fact that the film should be allowed to be released.”
Taking a veiled dig at the Congress, Oberoi said, “We were made into soft targets, we were accused. It has its own history, right from the time that you banned Aandhi, you banned Kissa Kursi Ka. Why have you been doing this for the last 40 years? ”
Raising the issue of freedom of expression, Oberoi said, “If you are a tolerant country, why should not a film like PM Narendra Modi be allowed to be released?”
Oberoi said that he strongly felt that all kinds of films should be allowed to be released.
Actress and Congress Leader Nagma, who was present during the conversation, said that big stars like Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan’s wife and Shahrukh Khan are not talking about this film.
In response to this, Vivek said, “I am going to them and am talking to them. I am asking them that ‘if you don’t believe in intolerance, why are you not coming out and supporting this movie from the front?'”