New Delhi: Vivek Oberoi starrer ‘PM Narendra Modi’, which was earlier scheduled to release on April 5, has got a new release date. The film will now hit the theatres on April 11. This comes just a day after the makers of the ‘PM Narendra Modi’ confirmed that the film will not release on April 5 as scheduled.
The director of the film, Omung Kumar took to his Twitter handle to announce the new release date of the upcoming film. “Thank you everyone for your support. Here’s the date when our film #PMNarendraModi will be releasing. 11th April. Jai hind,” he wrote along with a new poster of the film.
The poster features Vivek as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The actor has completely aced the look of the Prime Minister and is hard to recognise in the poster.
The film has come under a cloud with opposition parties claiming that its release was planned for April 5 with the intention of influencing voters in the Lok Sabha elections. Various political parties also stated that releasing it less than a week before the General elections is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Several political leaders had requested to delay the release of the biopic and the matter was taken up by the Supreme Court.
Vivek had earlier taken potshots at the Congress party, saying that its leaders were scared of the "Chowkidar's danda (watchman's baton)". He rejected allegations that the film's release violates the Model Code of Conduct, saying that the objective was simply to pay tribute to an extraordinary personality. The biopic also ran into trouble over credits after lyricists Javed Akhtar and Sameer said that they were credited without contributing lyrics for the song of the film. The producer, however, stated that their old songs were reworked so they gave credit to the artistes.
The film depicts the journey of Modi from his humble beginnings to his years as a Chief Minister and finally his landmark election as the Prime Minister of the country. Vivek plays the titular role of Prime Minister Modi in the biopic and will be seen essaying as many as nine different looks. This is the first time that the 42-year-old actor will be seen playing a real-life character in the upcoming drama.
Apart from Vivek, the film also stars Boman Irani, Darshan Kumaar, Zarina Wahab, Manoj Joshi, Prashant Narayanan, Barkha Bisht Sengupta, Akshat R Saluja, Anjan Shrivastav, Rajendra Gupta and Yatin Karyekar in pivotal roles.
Omung Kumar has previously helmed critically acclaimed films including 'Mary Kom' and 'Sarbjit'. The biographical drama is being produced by Sandip Singh, Anand Pandit and Suresh Oberoi. The Lok Sabha election is scheduled to be held in seven phases beginning April 11 and concluding on May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23....