Akshay Kumar to play Prime Minister Narendra Modi in upcoming film?

Jun 21, 2017, 15:36 IST | mid-day online correspondent

National award winning awardee Akshay Kumar is rumoured to be playing the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an upcoming Bollywood film

Akshay Kumar with Narendra Modi
Akshay Kumar with Narendra Modi

With a National Award in his kitty, Akshay Kumar has catapulted to dizzying heights of success in the past few years. Akshay Kumar who unlike his peers, has multiple releases every year, has made sure his 'Khiladi' days are behind him. Akki, has now dwelled into the content backed commercial territory. His films be it 'Airlift', 'Baby', or 'Jolly LLB 2', these films were commercial, yet had powerful content. His upcoming films 'Toilet- Ek Prem Katha' and 'Padman' further dive deep in the social commercial space. The movies will based on the social issues faced by women in India, when it comes to lack of toilets or inaccessibility to menstrual products. These social issues are also the undertaking of the current BJP led government in the country.

This has prompted strong rumours in the Delhi political circles that Akshay Kumar will play the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an upcoming film. According to a report in DNA, Akshay has stumped veteran actors like Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher to play the role of Narendra Modi. "But the kind of reach and impact that Akshay Kumar’s presence will have in a story on Modi would be far-reaching and productive," a source revealed to the newspaper.

Shatrughan Sinha, a senior BJP politician gives his nod saying, "Akshay is the Mr Clean of India. His image goes well with the image of the New Shining India."

Central Board of Film Certification's chairperson and vocal supporter of Modi adds, Pahlaj Nihalani,"I can’t think of anyone better to play our Prime Minster than Akshay. He has a spotless image of an idealist and visionary. And look at the kind of work he’s doing. 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' and 'Padman' are the cinema of social reform that Guru Dutt and V Shantaram were associated with. Also, Akshay has risen from humble working class beginnings to become a national star, just like Modiji. We are certainly looking at a strong possibility of Akshay playing Modiji."

So far, there have been no official confirmations, but it should be interesting to see Akshay Kumar play one of the most admired and popular political figures in the world.

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