After championing Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Akshay Kumar to play Narendra Modi in film?
Actor Akshay Kumar’s fans want him to essay the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the silver screen, given his “spotless image.”
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani was among those making pitch for the star to play the high-profile role in the yet-to-be-conceived movie on Modi.
According to a report in DNA, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani believes that Akshay would be a perfect choice for the role.
“I can’t think of anyone better to play our Prime Minster than Akshay. He has a spotless image of an idealist and visionary. And look at the kind of work he’s doing. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman are the cinemas of social reform that Guru Dutt and V Shantaram were associated with. Also, Akshay has risen from humble working class beginnings to become a national star, just like Modiji. We are certainly looking at a strong possibility of Akshay playing Modiji,” he said.
The report also quotes a ‘source close to the present regime’ who considers Akshay to be a better option than Paresh Rawal or Anupam Kher: “But the kind of reach and impact that Akshay Kumar’s presence will have in a story on Modi would be far-reaching and productive,” the source said.
Akshay’s next two films-- Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman-- seem to champion the cause of government’s flagship hygiene programme, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Even the Prime Minister himself gave his seal of approval to the film’s trailer.
As of now, there is no conversation being heard of an actual film being worked on the leader but that isn’t stopping the actor’s fans from picturing him as PM Modi.
Akshay is currently awaiting the release of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which also stars Bhumi Pednekar and is shooting for Padman, which also stars Sonam Kapoor. He will also be seen as the villain in Rajinikanth’s 2.O.
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