‘PM NARENDRA MODI’ IS NOTHING BUT A PRODUCT PLACEMENT IN THE MARKET

More than anything or anybody, Omung Kumar is the one who disappoints the most

Most ads that you see on visual platforms range from 5 seconds to about 3 mins. Some may even be 5 mins long. But what if you were to see an advertisement 130 mins long. Ohh, did you think Omung Kumar was out there to make a film? He is now officially an ad maker too. PM Narendra Modi talks about the life of Narendra Modi, right from his childhood to his political heydays in all possible pomposity. Mind you, here is the story of a man who has made no mistake. NO mistake; he’s just perfect. Is he a saint then? Probably even saints aren’t perfect. But here, Modi is. But take note, doesn’t mean this approach is wrong.

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The film chronicles the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

Nothing wrong in biopics. Nothing wrong in making a film on PM. Nothing wrong in making a film on incumbent PM. But shouldn’t a biopic look like a biopic?

Talking of the story, its something worth noticing. No doubt about that. Its no mean feat to hail from a below middle class humble background and rising up to become the Prime Minister of the nation. The story is inspirational. But the way it is written and presented on screen by Sandip Ssingh and Anirudh Chawla, it remains far from being  endearing, forget about inspiring.

The film paints the man in bright, white, and positive colors in its entirety. His saintly childhood to his ideally correct youth, his decision to join politics, rising to a grand stature, becoming the CM of the state to finally become the PM of the country. While in reality you know this man and what all he’s been into, the man in the film has a slightly different persona.

Yes there are moments that inspire and touch you, mostly during his childhood and youth when he was far off from politics. But at the backdrop is the product placement advertising campaign, keeping you at bay with the actual meaning of the film. There was ample scope to generate curiosity and excitement like other biopics.

Some key events have gone missing where the film takes a jump from 1980 to 1990 directly. Also some names of politicians have been muted, including Amit Shah’s, leading to half information. However for this, its the CBFC that takes the blame and not the makers. Interestingly, Godhra riots have been shown, and the controversy around it which cropped Modi’s name involving SIT is also covered. His conversation with Ratan Tata during Tata Nano plant set up is also interesting to watch.

PERFORMANCE

Vivek Oberoi is decent, just okay. So many times he’s loud and lousy. Unnecessary heroism with which he mouths his dialogues seems uncalled for. Also, he doesn’t look like Modi most of the times  and you struggle to believe he’s the man. He has layers and undergoes a graph and can be said that he’s given his best, but even then his overacting in many parts puts you off.

Boman Irani as Ratan Tata acts well and brings sense into the plot. Its good to see him bring relief into the drama.

Manoj Joshi as Amit Shah is very good. Prashant Narayanan is brilliant in a bried role. Rajendra Gupta and Zarina Wahab as Modi’s parents are reasonably good.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Music is good. The songs do suit the screenplay and accentuate the writing to some extent. Background score is good though. It lifts the mood well.

Cinematography by Sunita Radia is majorly very good. Barring some sequences that seem amateur, overall it works fine. Production design is only okay. The sets in hills are conceptualized well.

Editing by Sanjay Sankla is in sync with the writing hence not much scope. It is very routine.

The film comes in right time, after being put on hold for over a month by Election Commission of India. Just a day after Narendra Modi’s momentous win for yet another term, the film gives teeth to the victory. But doesn’t hold much value. But then, that’s the nature of such kind of films. You accept it or reject it. Nothing wrong in such type of treatment. Solely depends on makers and the audience they are catering to.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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