After the trailer of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic, starring Vivek Oberoi in the lead role was released, the Indian public has lashed out against the film titled PM Narendra Modi, calling it a publicity stunt ahead of the elections.
The film was made to promote Prime Minister Modi’s journey from a tea-stall worker to serving in India’s highest office, however, it has become the brunt of jokes.
Oberoi plays Modi who, in the movie, is seen as a messiah of the people, giving a befitting reply to Pakistan and taking on the opposition. He is also portrayed as leader of the masses but the image the movie is trying to promote didn’t ring a bell with the public.
The trailer was mercilessly trolled by Indian netizens. They took jabs at the premier, the actor and even his political party.
Confirmed: PM Narendra Modi biopic to release on April 12. Internet asks itni jaldi?
— Alokraj (@Alokraj14715364) March 15, 2019
— Aakanksha ✨ (@Pikaapiiiiiiiii) March 23, 2019
i Will Watch The Modi Biopic Only To See The Scene Where He Gets His Degree..
— Mohammed Younus (@Mohamme43751590) March 24, 2019
Modi ji ki biopic m wo khud editor hai
Such a humble guy
— La’ Ugh (@The_Apple_killr) March 21, 2019
Shittiest trailer of another propaganda movie by BJP.
— Vik_Ass (@Iamvikasr) March 21, 2019
Ab ye election commission Ko nahi dikhega..movie k Naam par kuchh bhi
— Chitra tripathi (@tripathichitra7) March 20, 2019
Although a Modi supporter but not convinced with the film and trailer says it all. It’s a job done in hurry. Will not help anyone. Needed a more deeper thinking before making a biopic on such a great man.
— Roopesh Jain 🇮🇳 (@rupessh) March 21, 2019
— Amritesh Pratap (@stark_ap) March 20, 2019
The trolling reached such great heights that sections within the BJP, PM Modi’s party, are worried if the film will actually serve the purpose of taking Prime Minister Modi towards victory or if it will instead drive potential voters away.
To make matters worse, Javed Akhtar recently called out the film’s publicity and posters where his name was mentioned as one of the lyricists. Akhtar tweeted his protest, saying he had nothing to do with the biopic.
I don’t know the people who have made this film . In any case it not industry practice to give composer or lyricist name on the postar if the song that is used is from some other film .only in the credit title you give credit to them along with title of the original film .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) March 24, 2019
Another well-known lyricist Sameer, whose name was also in the credits, has come forward to state he is not a part of the project either.
Meanwhile, DMK Dravidian parties in India have asked that the controversial biopic be banned as it could affect the outcome of the election. The movie will be released on April 5 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.