PM Narendra Modi is a patriotic film: Vivek Oberoi


Akshay Kumar after working in 2.0 said that South stars are far more disciplined and punctual than Bollywood actors. I worked with Ram Charan in Vinaya Vidheya Rama, with Mohanlal in Lucifer, Surya in Rakhtcharitra and Ajith in Vivegam. If it is 6 am, it means 6 am. Just because someone is a senior star and he doesn’t turn up, I don’t think that is right. As a filmmaker, it makes you feel very vulnerable in India. It does. It was like a movie’s anti-climax. So, now hopefully, on May 23, PM Narendra Modi will come (hinting at the Lok Sabha Elections result) and on May 24 also PM Narendra Modi will come. Crores and crores were spent, but I have no recourse and that’s what is painful. It is intended to inspire and there is a perspective to it. The legal take on this was when they are not stopping any autobiographies, why would they object to our film. I believe I am a destiny’s child. It will. Even during the court case in Mumbai or Delhi High Court, the EC was present and there was an oral submission that they are fine and they have told CBFC to follow the Modal Code of Conduct guidelines and release the film. I have had a chance to work with the superstars of all the languages. They won’t separate their personal beliefs and their job. Does it have a representation of people who have a different ideology? This made me realise that we don’t have that sense of unity. We booked the theatres and spent money on promotions. He shared how he and his team were shattered when the film’s release was stalled at the last minute and the worst part was he wasn’t even allowed to promote the movie. Don’t you think, biopics in Bollywood are inclined towards whitewashing a person’s public image instead of showing his/her life as it is? The EC stopped us and nobody stood for us. I believe there’s some divinity that loves me and protects me. What were your thoughts after the film’s release got stalled at the last moment? (The movie PM Narendra Modi releases on May 24.)
Did you expect support from your colleagues in the film industry? They will say that since it is a Modi movie, I will hammer these guys and this is something I have accepted from day one. There was no support. To me that’s incredible. Does your movie do that as well? Yes, but it was sad to see that our industry is quite fractured. The prints were sent globally and we were releasing the film on April 11. It is cinematic. The idea is that it is an emotional journey. You start feeling that how can somebody have this kind of extreme rights and how can they damage you just one night before the release. It was the worst feeling in the world. I think it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The general tendency of people is to grow up and chase money, but imagine having no money and yet not chasing money, committing yourself to the nation and building the country. It’s an inspirational take on what’s possible in this amazing country. You don’t have to wait for any actor. I am someone who has genuinely spent a lot of time waiting for my senior actors and there is nothing more frustrating than that. We fought in four High Courts and the Election Commission was a party to it all. It does touch upon the controversies because controversies are also challenges and overcoming those challenges is what makes a man. It is not bland stating of facts. How do you defend your film when it is called a propaganda film? 0
Comment(s) None of your ‘Award Vapasi’ brigade came out and supported us. But on the night of April 10, we got a notice from the Election Commission which had a whole new stance. The thing about cinema is that it is all about perspective. There are people who are scared of him and there are people who believe he is the only solution and the saviour of this nation. I specifically figured out that the Modal Code of Conduct nowhere says anything about the release of a film. There is no right and wrong in a perspective. Despite that, they waited till the last minute and attacked us. Does it have a representation of people who dislike him for multiple reasons? It is not a documentary. Our film focuses on how to rise above all of this and how a tea selling boy at a railway station became the PM. It does. It says you cannot advertise and a film is not an advertisement. They suddenly took a really strong stance against us. This is a patriotic film. No matter if you are a Modi fan or not a Modi fan, this film is all about the spirit of patriotism. Not just my fraternity, the great artists, the great writers, great intellectuals and great journalists, nobody came forward. It does. When you planned the release of the film, weren’t you aware of the Lok Sabha Elections? Does the film have a representation of his critics? I am sure there are a lot of film critics who are anti-Modi in their political ideologies and I know that in their reviews they will reflect that. I am a positive kind of a person and I believe whatever happens it is for the good. Vivek Oberoi in a still from the film PM Narendra Modi
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In 2014, you said you busted myths about Modi. My experience definitely says that our work culture is extremely disciplined. I know he (Modi) does divide people. The basic fundamental support on the fact that this should not happen to film and the freedom of speech was missing. How has been your experience working in the South film industry? They come on time. Do you think the delay in the release will affect your film? They are extremely punctual. Advertising

Recently, while Vivek was in the national capital for the promotion of Omung Kumar’s biopic on Narendra Modi, the actor sat down for a tell-all interview with indianexpress.com. Anything that is creative has a perspective. Despite that, they put it under the whole advertisement perspective. So, we thought everything was fine but they changed their stance at the last minute. There is a whole constant projection that Narendra Modi is a very arrogant man and I think it is a designed projection by his opponents, maybe giving them some political benefit. Otherwise, his story is such a brilliant story. Where do I go to recover my money? It was really painful to see the disappointment on the faces of the youngsters who worked so hard for the film. Advertising

We incurred all the expenses. Whether we believe in the film or not, it was a fundamental issue of freedom of speech.