Vivek Oberoi on Narendra Modi biopic: Was making film on a hero

The opening 15 minutes of the film shows Modi selling tea and listening to political conversations; he watches his mother cooking on a chullah (a reference to the Centre’s Ujjwala scheme); and soldiers going to the front (reference to Balakot airstrikes). During the interval, the BJP leaders and actor Vivek Oberoi, who plays the on-screen Modi, addressed the audience. Besides Goel, among other BJP leaders in attendance were Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, party’s national vice-president Shyam Jaju, BJP leader Virendra Sachdeva, and Mayor North Delhi Corporation Avatar Singh. Oberoi said, “People say I am making movie to make Modi-ji a hero. Advertising

The film also shows Modi riding a Bullet motorcycle, going to the Himalayas for enlightenment, and asking a political leader to pretend that he was dead to escape police crackdown during the Emergency. It shows Modi saluting the national flag on several occasions. I will say he is already a hero – I am just making a film on him.”

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The screening was organised by Gyan Foundation, a group of young professionals, mostly BJP members, at a theater in New Delhi’s Connaught Place area.