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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Bollywood film on Narendra Modi

Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 22, 2013
First Published: 10:27 IST(22/8/2013) | Last Updated: 16:40 IST(22/8/2013)

The biopic is the flavour of the season. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, on sprinter Milkha Singh, ran swiftly past the Rs. 100 cr mark. And there are more coming up — one on boxer Mary Kom’s life (starring Priyanka Chopra) and one on Kishore Kumar (starring Ranbir Kapoor).

Now, add to that list a name that is in the news almost every day. Producer-director Mitesh Patel has confirmed that he is making a film on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

Mitesh says, “I’m inspired by Narendra Modi’s journey — from a common man who worked at a tea stall, to a chief minister. We’ll try to cover various parts of his life — his childhood, working as a ground-level RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) member, to becoming the CM.”

Mitesh says he recently met Modi to get his consent for the film, which he says, “will not be a biopic per se, but it will be based on his life. We’ll add fictional elements. The script is not 100 per cent about his life. Technically, we don’t need permission, but we sought it as we don’t want trouble.” Mitesh is currently location scouting in Gujarat. Does he have a wish list of actors? “We have some in mind, including Paresh Rawal. All the actors will be from Bollywood,” he says. 

The filmmaker is originally from Vadodara, Gujarat, and is settled in USA (California).

We tried reaching Modi’s office through Patel, but he said (on record) that “they don’t want to comment on this right now. They might make one when we announce the film with the cast and crew later.”

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