As any film based relatively on real life, Omung Kumar’s forthcoming Narendra Modi biopic has caused quite a stir with politicians, where he along with the makers have been asked to postpone the film’s release as it poses a conflict of interest. However, knowing what he was getting himself into, Kumar expected there to be some hurdles in the first place.
“I have blinkers. I don’t look at what is happening or what people are saying. It is for producers to look into it. I don’t let it bother me. When we took it on we knew it is a big film and people were going to talk about it, irrespective of whether we release the film during elections or not,” New Indian Express reports the filmmaker stating.
He went on to add, “We knew people will oppose it in some way. So I am not shaken or disturbed. I am not bothered about the trolls, there are people who are liking it and some are not.”
Starring Vivek Oberoi as the lead, the film will tell the story of Modi from his childhood to his rise to power as Prime Minster. “It is the story of a ‘chaiwala’ who became the prime minister of India. It is an inspiring story. It is about inspiring people to do something. I am not looking at votes or anything,” Kumar expressed.
“It is somebody’s life story so you tread carefully but that doesn’t mean you hide things, as in a biopic you need to show the struggles of the person for him or her to emerge victorious. For me it is important to present things as it is. I am not a politically inclined person. For me the story is the hero, I focus on doing justice to the story, screenplay,” he added.
“There are documentaries on him but no one has shown his journey in a two hour film so there will be surprises. I tried to dig out stuff and join the dots and make a storyline from his journey. I have been neutral,” the film maker went on.
Set to release on 5th April, the film also stars Boman Irani, Manoj Joshi, Zarina Wahab and Prashant Narayanan.