Akshay Kumar to play Narendra Modi in a biopic? This is no 'accidental' choice
Pahlaj Nihalani recently said that Akshay Kumar is the perfect choice to play Prime Minister Narendra Modi onscreen in a yet to be conceived film.
Ever since Akshay Kumar has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss his upcoming film, Shree Narayan Singh's romantic comedy Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, several reports have cropped up of how Kumar is seeking political patronage in promoting his films.
These speculations gained more fire when Modi retweeted the link to the trailer of the film and projected it as an effective tool to promote the flagship campaign of the central government - Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Now, Hindustan Times reports that Pahlaj Nihalani has gone to the extent of saying that Kumar will be an ideal choice to play Modi onscreen.
The report quotes the CBFC chief as saying, "I can’t think of anyone better to play our Prime Minster than Akshay. He has a spotless image of an idealist and visionary. And look at the kind of work he’s doing. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman are the cinemas of social reform that Guru Dutt and V Shantaram were associated with. Also, Akshay has risen from humble working class beginnings to become a national star, just like Modiji. We are certainly looking at a strong possibility of Akshay playing Modiji,” he said.
While his second reason does hold true, his first comes across as rather hypocritical as he was the one who recently issued adult certification to Phullu, a film that addresses the same issue as Padman - menstrual hygiene. He even termed the poster of Phullu as 'vulgar' merely because it shows the protagonist resting on a giant sanitary pad.
For Nihalani to say that Padman is a cinematic work of social reform only proves that he holds a bias in favour of the star. And this bias is clearly supported by his will to see Kumar as Modi whereas such a film has not even been conceived so far.
Recently, Kumar's good friend and a self-confessed BJP supporter Anupam Kher also signed two films that allegedly project the party in opposition, Congress, in bad light. He is a part of Madhur Bhandarkar's Indu Sarkar, a film based on the 1975 Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi, and The Accidental Prime Minister, a film based on the life of the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Akshay Kumar will be seen next in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which is set to release on August 11. He has a large slate of films in the pipeline, including Padman, 2.0, Gulshan Kumar biopic titled Moghul and Reema Kagti's Gold. It is unclear whether a film on PM Modi is indeed in works, or merely a speculation/desire on Nihalani's part.
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