Directed by: Omung Kumar
Starring: Vivek Oberoi, Boman Irani, Manoj Joshi, Kishori Shahane, Darshan Kumaar, Prashant Narayanan, Zarina Wahab, Barkha Bisht Sengupta, Yatin Karyekar
Genre: Biography, History, Drama
Release Date: 23 May, 2019
Running Time: 136 Minutes
PM Narendra Modi is an upcoming Indian biographical film directed by Omung Kumar and jointly produced by Suresh Oberoi, Sandip Ssingh, and Anand Pandit. The film is based on the life of Narendra Modi, the 14th Prime Minister of India; starring Vivek Oberoi in the lead role who is also credited as co-writer of the film. The first look of the film was released in January 2019. The film will release in 23 different languages.
In casting process Paresh Rawal was selected to play Narendra Modi but later he dropped out of the project; soon after, Vivek Oberoi was selected to play the role.
PM Narendra Modi Film First Look
Filming began on 27 January 2019 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Some vital scenes in the film chronicling Modi’s early life and political journey was filmed in Uttarkashi district. Final schedule of filming was held at Mumbai. Vivek was injured during the shoot while doing a scene in Uttarkashi.
The film is scheduled to be released worldwide on 5 April 2019 after having its release moved up by a week from 12 April. NSUI Goa, the student wing of Congress Party, has written to Election Commission to ban the screening of the film claiming it violates the model code of conduct of elections.
Producers Suresh Oberoi and Sandeep Ssingh released a first-look poster of the film on 7 January 2019, revealing actor Vivek Oberoi as the eponymous Modi. The official trailer of the film was released on 20 March 2019. Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC), set up by the Election Commission, has served a notice to the producers and T-series over an advertisement which was carried in two hindi newspapers announcing the movie trailer with an image of Narendra Modi.
The music of the film is composed by Hitesh Modak and Shashi-Khushi while the lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar, Prasoon Joshi, Sameer, Abhendra Upadhyay, Sardaraa, Parry G. and Lavraj. Two songs, one Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walon from Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt starrer a 1997 unfinished film Dus and the other Ishwar Allah from the film 1947: Earth, starring Aamir Khan, Nandita Das and lyrics by Javed Akhtar, are used in Vivek Oberoi starrer PM Narendra Modi.
The Music – Making:
Initially, Javed Akhtar and Sameer were unknown about their works from old films were reused in this film. They tweeted they have not written any songs for the film after finding their names on the film’ credit row. The film’s producer Sandip Ssingh clarified that the credits were given because their songs from previous movies were included.
PM Narendra Modi Film Trailer #1
PM Narendra Modi Film Review
Bollywood has a history of turning ordinary run-of-the mill characters into larger-than-life heroes bestowed with superpowers. So when the National Award-winning filmmaker Omung Kumar (of Mary Kom and Sarbjit fame) directs a biopic on the current Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi, a figure equally revered and feared across India, it is only natural that it will be heavily dramatized.
As played by Vivek Oberoi, Modi is a complete action hero in PM Narendra Modi – albeit one who disarms opponents with his verbal skills. The very first scene depicts him as a quasi-divine figure worshiped by sadhus (sages) and the common people alike. Flowers are strewn on him, crowds go berserk upon spotting him and his opponents fear him so much that they call in for reinforcements from across the border to defeat him.
PM Narendra Modi is a one-sided, whitewashed story for sure, where the politician is exonerated of all his ‘wrong doings’ and comes across smelling sweeter than the roses being pruned by a steely Indira Gandhi in her garden.
There is enough action, drama and rhetoric to wow his admirers. Oberoi’s portrayal of the politician is spot on, though a bit stiff; there is none of the caricature or disrespect that the other PM of India, Manmohan Singh had to suffer in The Accidental Prime Minister. The choice of Oberoi, to play India’s supposedly most ‘divisive’ leader to date, is perhaps a bit perplexing. Though he has proved his talents in movies like Company, Saathiya and Shootout at Lokhandwala, it has to be admitted that Oberoi doesn’t exactly have the selling power at the box office currently. But thankfully the subject he takes on has enough charisma to pull in viewers.
The story of a simple tea seller, who rises to become the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, is no doubt an inspirational tale. And the makers have Bollywood-ised it to the max with the comparison of Modi and Amit Shah’s alliance to Jai-Veeru (from Sholay) and in scenes where Modi is seen escaping the police by pretending to be part of a funeral procession as well as calming down a mob and getting them to throw down their swords, through his rhetoric.
Despite the overarching plot (the film has only one mission – to portray Modi as a misunderstood political leader whose only ambition is to serve his country) and the larger-than-life portrayal of a man who is equally vilified and hero-worshiped, and of course, the hyperbole, the movie works, because nowhere in the two-and-a-half hour screening time does it lag. The 2002 Gujarat riots and the Akshardham Temple attack along with a terrorist plot to assassinate Modi ensure there are enough dramatic moments to keep you glued to the screen.
Manoj Doshi as Amit Shah, Zarina Wahab as Modi’s mother, Heeraben, Boman Irani in a fleeting, but striking portrayal as Ratan Tata and Kishori Shahane as a steely Indira Gandhi add to the gravitas.
With the real life Modi winning the Lok Sabha elections with a landslide victory, the movie will no doubt do well with his supporters flocking to theatres to watch their hero in all his glory. In the end, PM Narendra Modi is a fanboy’s (Omung Kumar and Vivek Oberoi’s) tribute to his idol – one which will only add to the nationalistic spirit, that is resurging in India currently.
PM Narendra Modi Film Songs
Saugandh Mujhe Iss Mitti Ki Song | Vivek Oberoi | Sukhwinder Singh, Shashi Suman
Hindustani Song | Vivek Oberoi | Siddharth Mahadevan, Shashi Suman
Namo Namo | Vivek Oberoi | Sandip Ssingh | Parry G, Hitesh Modak
Ishwar Allah | Vivek Oberoi | Suvarna Tiwari | Hitesh Modak
Fakeera Song | Vivek Oberoi | Omung Kumar | Raja H, Shashi S