PM Narendra Modi Movie Review 2019: Hagiography Of A Winner

PM Narendra Modi Movie Review 2019: Hagiography Of A Winner

Movie Name
PM Narendra Modi
Omung Kumar
Biography, Drama
02 hours 16 minutes

PM Narendra Modi Review

"Hai kaun ye Modi?" asks the ruling party.

To answer that, director Omung Kumar proceeds to unfold a biopic that glorifies the rise of Narendra Damodardas Modi.

"A chaiwala can never become the Prime Minister," sneers an opposition leader.

Omung Kumar's camera moves to Vadnagar station where the story of the chaiwala began. Much of the Modi story is already known. About his father's tea stall at the station, his mother washing vessels for a living and Narendra showing early signs of being different from the rest. Being sensitive to a woman's position in society, to education, to cleanliness and to hard work or elbow grease over entitlement.

His first brush with real politics and his wanderings before he went into the RSS fold under Laxman Rao Inamdar alias Vakilsaheb, are all documented. Modi's role in the underground movement during the Emergency, the many rath yatras he organised and his gutsy insistence on having the Indian tricolour flutter in Srinagar, the entire journey of the nationalistic leader is faithfully put across. A leader who, as the world now knows, put Gujarat on the global map, survived the US government's decision to revoke his visa and moved from a remarkable 12-year reign in Gujarat to Delhi as the Prime Minister of India. Desiring neither sleep nor financial comfort, Modi's dedication to the country's rise and his zero intolerance to corruption are points that every story on him unfailingly spotlight.

Bina vardi ka sainik, an armyman without a uniform. That's how his mother describes him as he battles the taint of 2002, the communal riots, a compromised media and strong forces out to stop his juggernaut. A leader who relied more on tadbir which is governance than on taqdeer or destiny.

It is therefore the compelling story of a winner, a man who overcame the biggest of odds to be where he is today at the helm of the country.

However, one isn't convinced that the film itself is as compelling as his story. The Emergency, the BJP party intrigues against him, Kashmir and the Kashmiri Pandit problems, the Godhra riots and other conspiracies erratically jump at the viewer without a smooth preamble. To those who don't know the whole story, they'd be at a loss trying to figure out what's happening.

It takes a while for the film and for Vivek Oberoi as Narendra Modi to settle down. Well-known Modi-isms like ‘Na khoonga na khaane doonga'and ‘Desh mitne nahin doonga' are all woven into the dialogues and theatrically delivered. Some of the scenes like the Srinagar flag incident are also too dramatically picturised.

But once you get into the space, Vivek's sincerity gets accepted and there are some fine scenes post-Godhra, like the Hindu-Muslim amity he brings about and a live television interview with a compromised journalist. One must mention the number ‘Man fakira' which is melodious.

Manoj Joshi playing Amit Shah, Prashant Narayanan as Reddy the businessman close to the anti-Modi brigade and Yatin Karyekar as mentor Vakilsaheb are well cast. Zarina Wahab as his mother is endearing.

But the story of Narendra Modi is not easy to tell as it spans six decades of turbulent Indian and personal history. And by trying to pack it all into one film, the narration isn't cinematically smooth.

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

For a strong story that has its good moments but doesn’t translate into winning cinema, PM Narendra Modi gets a 3* rating.


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