I am a common man, who is appreciative of Modiji's work, says maker of the film on Indian PM
As Modi Kaka Ka Gaon gears up for release this week, producer discusses battling Censor Board and what prompted the tribute film on the Prime Minister
After pursuing the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) for certification for over eight months, the makers of Modi Kaka Ka Gaon are content that the film will finally see the light of the day. Producer Suresh Jha says the "tribute film" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unique and it deserves to be seen. Though Modi critics believe it's a guidebook of his achievements, Jha insists that it's an endeavour to celebrate the man.
"Though the Prime Minister's Office and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had cleared the film, I had a tough time with the CBFC. Despite repeated pleas over the months, they refused to clear my movie. But in this country, we have to be stubborn and not fall prey to corruption. I knew that I am making a film on a man whose ideals are honest. So, it couldn't have been an easy path," says Jha, who was hoping to release the film before the Gujarat elections. It will hit screens on December 29.
Directed by Tushar Amrish Goel, the film stars a Modi doppelganger, Vikas Mahante. He plays Nagendra, the prime minister who transforms India through his policy decisions, including demonetisation. Jha calls the film a "tribute" to PM Modi rather than a "biopic". He explains, "I don't know Modiji personally. I have just read about him and his body of work influences me. He is working towards transforming the nation. I have been labelled his public relations agent, but I am not. I am a common man, who is appreciative of his work." The producer maintains that nothing in his film refers to Modi directly. "We haven't copied his characteristics; we have only tried to ape his good work by creating a parallel. We haven't referred to any political parties either," he says.
Vikas Mahante as Nagendra in Modi Kaka Ka Gaon
Certified U/A by the CBFC, the film could have been a documentary. But Jha says he wanted to make a commercial, feature film to have a larger impact. "I have been told by the distributors that people are asking for the film despite Tiger Zinda Hai scoring big," he says, adding that he wanted to rope in PM Modi for a cameo, but it couldn't materialise given his hectic schedule. Though the project hasn't hit screens yet, a sequel is already in the works, claims Jha.
Another film on NaMo
A film on PM Narendra Modi that was announced in 2014 is yet to go on the floors. Actor-politician Paresh Rawal is likely to play the titular role
"There are many people who can mimic Modiji, but to play him on screen, I'll have to detach myself from everything else and get into the skin of the
character," says Rawal, adding that the film will also include the 2002 Godhra riots.
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