- Wonder if Congress is "scared of Chowkidar's danda", Vivek Oberoi said
- PM Modi, he said, is "already a hero" for crores in India and abroad
- He denied the film's release violates the code of conduct for 2019 polls
Vivek Oberoi, who plays Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the eponymous biopic set to hit the screens this week, wondered today whether Congress leaders asking for a court ban on the film's release in the middle of the national election campaign are "scared of the film or of the Chowkidar's danda". PM Modi, he said, is "already a hero" for crores in India and abroad.
The 42-year-old actor strongly defends the film that marks a comeback of sorts for him after a lean patch.
"I don't understand why some people are overreacting like this. Why are such senior and famous lawyers like Abhishek Singhvi ji and Kapil Sibal ji wasting time on filing a PIL on such a modest film? Don't know if they are scared of the film or of Chowkidar's danda," Vivek Oberoi told reporters at a promotion for the film ahead of its release on Friday.
He denied that the film's release violates the code of conduct for the April-May national election, by glorifying PM Modi.
"We are not projecting Modi ji as larger than life... he already is larger than life. We are not projecting him as a hero, he already is a hero, not only for me but for crores of people in India and abroad. It's an inspirational story which we brought to the screen," the actor said.
Vivek Oberoi and his lawyer appeared before the Election Commission to respond to Congress and Left allegations of violating the poll code.
Filmmaker Omung Kumar's PM Modi biopic has generated much interest. A two-and-half minute trailer had over a million views shortly after it emerged online. The film traces the PM's journey from his teens to the country's top job.
The film has also been in the buzz because of Vivek Oberoi's appearance; many believe he is not entirely convincing in the title role.
This is the second such political film to be released this year. In January, "The Accidental Prime Minister" themed on former prime minister Manmohan Singh's term gathered headlines more than box office success.