PM Narendra Modi

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PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byOmung Kumar
Produced by
Written by
Screenplay by
  • Anirudh Chawla
  • Vivek Oberoi
Story bySandip Ssingh
StarringVivek Oberoi
Music by
CinematographySunita Radia
Edited bySanjay Sankla
  • Legend Global Studio
  • Anand Pandit Motion Pictures
Distributed by
Release date
  • 24 May 2019 (2019-05-24)[2]
Running time
136 minutes[3]
Budget₹8 crore[4]
Box officeest. ₹23 crore[5]

PM Narendra Modi is a 2019 Hindi-language biographical drama film, directed by Omung Kumar, and written by Anirudh Chawla and Vivek Oberoi. The film is jointly produced by Suresh Oberoi, Sandip Ssingh, Anand Pandit, Acharya Manish under the banner of Legend Studios. The film's plot is based on the life of Narendra Modi, the 14th Prime Minister of India. The film stars Vivek Oberoi as Narendra Modi, Manoj Joshi as Amit Shah, Boman Irani as Ratan Tata, Barkha Sengupta as Jashodaben, Aanjjan Srivastav as Atal Bihari Vajpaye, and Zarina Wahab as Hiraben Modi.

Principal photography for the film began in January 2019. The soundtrack was composed by Hitesh Modak, Shashi-Khushi and A. R. Rahman, with lyrics written by Javed Akhtar, Sameer, Abhendra Upadhyay, Irshad Kamil, Parry G. and Lavraj, and released under the banner T-Series. The film was theatrically released in India on 24 May 2019. It received generally negative reviews from critics, who termed it a hagiography and panned Oberoi's performance. It has grossed over 23 crore worldwide.


Narendra Modi begins his career as a poor tea seller. He leaves his home at a young age, denying his marriage with Jashodaben, to become a Sanyasi in the Himalayas. After his journey, he returns back to Gujarat, becomes a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh member and gets assigned to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980, after fighting back the State of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975. He also leads the Ekta Yatra to unite all Indians. He heads along the Indian Army and some other members, fighting against the terrorists to the Lal Chowk and plants the national flag of India.

He struggles and ground works in many areas of Gujarat to help people and gain support. Due to the teamwork of the people and the BJP members, the Party wins the Gujarat CM elections and Keshubhai Patel becomes the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Soon, he feels insecure seeing Modi's rise to fame and popularity. He forces the BJP founders- Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to transfer Modi to some other place. In grief, Modi submits his resignation which is eventually declined as he had done a lot of work for the party. He was transfered to New Delhi for groundwork. He returned to Gujarat from Delhi in 2001, just a month before the events of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. He replaced Keshubhai Patel from the his position and was also chosen as the CM Candidate for the upcoming election election, and he became the Chief Minister.

Just after being elected, he faced the 2002 Gujarat riots. He sought help from other State Governments and from the Government of India, but in vain. Due to his planning and strict law enforcement, he was successful to end the violence. Just after the riots ended, an attack on the Akshardham Temple by the terrorists again brought tensions among the communities. Finally, the tensions got solved, peace was brought amongst people, the work of reconstruction and further developments were begun. Under his tenure, Gujarat became the best State of India, and 3rd best state of world. Streets were planned, roads were constructed, employment opportunities were brought, many Indian as well as International Companies began to invest in Gujarat, corruption was eliminated, security was tightened etc. By seeing his work, the BJP heads asked him to be the PM Candidate for the 2014 Indian general election. He campaigned all over India. His popularity resulted in him being prominently targeted by terrorists. He also survives an attempt made by the terrorists to assassinate him.

The film ends with Modi taking his oath as the 14th Prime Minister of India.



Initially actor Paresh Rawal was to play Narendra Modi in a biopic that he was also producing.[9][10] Before that film was materialised, PM Narendra Modi was announced in parallel with Vivek Oberoi selected to play the lead role.[11][12]

Principal photography[edit]

Filming began on 28 January 2019 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.[13] Some vital scenes in the film chronicling Modi's early life and political journey was filmed in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand. Final schedule of filming was held at Mumbai.[14] Vivek was injured during the shoot while doing a scene in Uttarkashi.[15]


PM Narendra Modi
Soundtrack album by
Hitesh Modak and Shashi-Khushi
Released29 March 2019 [16]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music of the film is composed by Hitesh Modak and Shashi-Khushi while the lyrics are written by Javed Akhtar[17] Prasoon Joshi, Sameer, Abhendra Upadhyay, Irshad Kamil, Parry G. and Lavraj. Two songs, one Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walon from Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt starrer a 1997 unfinished film Dus and the other Ishwar Allah from the film 1947: Earth, starring Aamir Khan, Nandita Das and lyrics by Javed Akhtar used in this film[18]

Initially, Javed Akhtar and Sameer were unaware about their works from old films being reused in this film. They tweeted they have not written any songs for the film after finding their names on the film' credit row.[19][20] The film's producer Sandip Ssingh clarified that the credits were given because their songs from previous movies were included.[21]

Track listing
1."Saugandh Mujhe Iss Mitti Ki"Prasoon JoshiShashi-KhushiSukhwinder Singh, Shashi Suman3:55
2."Namo Namo"Lavraj, Parry GHitesh ModakSandip Ssingh
Rap: Parry G
3."Hindustani" (Original lyrics by Sameer)SardaraaShashi-KhushiSiddharth Mahadevan, Shashi Suman3:30
4."Fakeera"Irshad KamilShashi-KhushiShashaa Tirupati, Naresh Iyer3:44
5."Junoon"LavrajHitesh ModakJaved Ali3:37
6."Ishwar Allah" (Original lyrics by Javed Akhtar)LavrajHitesh ModakSuvarna Tiwari4:29
Total length:21:26

Marketing and release[edit]

National Student's Union of India's Goa unit of the student wing of Congress Party, has written to Election Commission to ban the screening of the film claiming it violates the model code of conduct of elections.[22] A plea filed at the Supreme Court of India to stop the release was rejected. The court said the constitutional body Election Commission is the appropriate authority to address the petitioner's concerns.[23] On 9 April 2019, the film was certified by the CBFC allotting 'U' certificate with run time of 130 minutes.[24] Election commission has stopped the release of the movie till the elections are over saying, "that any biopic 'which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections should not be displayed in the electronic media'".[25] The film was theatrically released in worldwide on 24 May 2019.[2][26] A new poster of movie has been released a day before of release of movie with tag line "Aa rahe hain dobara, ab koi nahin rok sakta" marking Narendra Modi's victory in 2019 election.[27]

Producers Suresh Oberoi and Sandeep Singh released a first-look poster of the film on 7 January 2019, revealing actor Vivek Oberoi as the eponymous Modi.[28] The official trailer of the film was released on 20 March 2019.[29] Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC), set up by the Election Commission, has served a notice to the producers and T-series over an advertisement which was carried in two hindi newspapers announcing the movie trailer with an image of Narendra Modi.[30]


Critical response[edit]

The film received negative reviews from critics, who termed it a hagiography and panned Oberoi's performance.[31]

Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today took note of the film's bias towards the protagonist: "Even the most controversial parts of PM Narendra Modi's life – the Godhra riots – are planted on the Opposition as a way to keep Modi from serving his people".[32] Nandini Ramnath of wrote, "Any insights the movie offers into Modi's rise are inadvertent. The monomaniacal focus on one man above all else will surely be of interest to those who study how cinema can be used for propaganda".[33] Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India gave the film two and a half stars out of five and criticised the script, opining, "This one is too lopsided for you to appreciate. It leaves a lot unanswered. While it firmly believes ‘Modi ek insaan nahi, soch hai’, we wish the script was as thoughtful". However, she was among the few who appreciated Oberoi's performance- "He gets the mannerisms, accent and tone right and thankfully doesn’t overdo it".[34] Writing for The Indian Express, Shubhrata Das gave the movie two stars out of five and stated, "The film is not a mere bio-pic, it is a full-fledged, unabashed, unapologetic hagiography".[35] Kennith Rosario of The Hindu summarised the movie's narrative as "a obsequious love letter" to the protagonist which tells the audience "how sincere, hardworking, fair and honest Modi is, [and] that it makes you wonder if life is a parody of this film".[36]

Box office[edit]

The film collected 2.25-2.5 crore nett on its opening day, and was the second best-performing film among all others released in India on that day, after Aladdin (2019).[37] The following day, it earned 3 crore nett.[38] Collections on Sunday showed minor growth with earnings of 4.25 crore.[39] Monday earnings dropped 20 percent from the opening day for a total of 1.85 crore nett.[40] On Tuesday, the film earned 1.7 crore nett.[41] The film earned 1.5 crore nett and 1.1 crore nett on Wednesday and Thursday.[42] The film has earned 23 crore worldwide.[43]


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