Vivek Oberoi has vent out his anger on Bollywood fraternity. The Saathiya actor, who is all set to bounce back on the big screen with his upcoming film PM Narendra Modi, the biopic on the Indian Prime Minister, has slammed the Hindi film industry for posting selfies with PM Modi. He has also accused Bollywood of ‘double standards’ for not helping him out in the whole matter of controversies surrounding the release of his film.
The reason for the dispute surrounding his film is the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, which are all set to commence on April 11. Several opposition parties invoked the model code of conduct and approached the Election Commission seeking a delay in release of PM Narendra Modi, the Omung Kumar-directed biopic on the Indian Prime Minister.
PM Narendra Modi biopic has now been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for release with a U certificate.
Vivek Oberoi, who had been absent from Bollywood for quite a long time, plays PM Narendra Modi in the biopic. Now, it seems like he is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the smooth release of his upcoming project that is ‘close to his heart’.
The actor feels that he has not received any support from Bollywood on his upcoming biopic PM Narendra Modi at this crucial time.
Vivek Oberoi has accused the film industry of ‘double standards’ for posting selfies with PM Modi and not helping him out with the release of a biopic on the same man.
Speaking to Zoom about Bollywood not being there for his film, a disappointed Vivek said, “I feel we are not a united industry. I feel when a Padmaavat gets stuck and a legend like Sanjay Bhansali is mistreated and misbehaved with, we should all unite together. I feel if My Name Is Khan gets stuck, we should come together to make sure it doesn’t get stuck. It’s easy to post selfies with Prime Minister and stuff like that. As an industry, we need to stand together.”
He further added, “Around 600 artistes right now are saying that BJP shouldn’t come back, let’s all get together. I respect that, they have all rights to do that. But I also expect from these people, people like Anurag Kashyap, who, during the Udta Punjab’s release, which was during the Punjab elections, was fighting for his right to release it and got it released. And I am happy, that is the sign of democracy. But, all these people who are otherwise so vocal on everything, nobody came out in support of our film. This is happening to our film and they trying to ban our film. Not one word, not one tweet. That, to me, is not fair. That is not being honest to their own principle. That is a double standard.
The biopic has an approved runtime of 130 minutes and 53 seconds (2 hours, 10 minutes and 53 seconds), after the Censor Board clearance. The film is now scheduled to hit the screens on April 11.
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