So after a long battle with the release date of the film, the biopic of India’s PM Narendra Modi finally releases today. After the thumping win in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, the theatres today witness Modi Ji on screen. Relatively, how much the makers of the film wanted it to release before elections, but the timing is still appropriate even today courtesy PM Modi’s win.
The story of one of the most celebrated Prime Ministers is based on the chronicles of Narendra Modi’s life and events leading up to his swearing ceremony as the PM of India in 2014. It showcases his journey as Chaiwala, Sanyasi, RSS pracharak and Deshbhakt.
The film is a balanced biopic that will engage you irrespective of your personal views on him but at the same time, one would feel that it is too lopsided to be appreciated by everyone. Another interesting thing about PM Modi biopic is that the story is something that you will lap up if you are a believer and dismiss it if you are not.
However, if we look at an earlier released biopic on Raj Thackeray which starred Nawazuddin Siddiqui was relatively nuanced and objective but that is not the case in this one. The tone of excessive reverences can be overlooked as long as you know some unknown facets of Narendra Modi’s personality and life beyond that has been shown in the film.
If we talk about what really tugs the heartstring then it was surely the mother-son bonding portrayed beautifully by Zarina Wahab and Vivek. But more of the scenes on Modi’s self-discovery would have added positively to film as well as to Vivek’s character.
More of the controversies that have been visualized in the film blame it to the third party and it hardly scratches anything new. They are something which is known to everyone. This is the reason why there is no room for dialogue and debate which should have been there in such a genre of a film. The film only offers a one-sided costume drama that comes closer to more of propaganda than to a biopic.
On the acting front, Vivek Oberoi has given some promising performances and in this film what works for him is that he not only mimic Modi but gets his mannerisms, accent, and tone right. The biggest thing we are thankful for is that he doesn’t overdo the acting in the film.
Overall, the film leaves a lot of questions unanswered and that is the reason the film is too lopsided to be appreciated by one irrespective of that fact that we believe in Modi’s political philosophy or not. For the PM Modi fans, the movie is watchable and others can go and enjoy it to know more about the new Prime Minister of India. We really wish the script would have been thought on more.
Check out the trailer here: