The trailer of controversial film ‘PM Narendra Modi’ has clocked around 21.8 million views on YouTube since its release on March 20, 2019.
Since its release, the trailer still rules the Movies trending chart of YouTube for the past 12 days. There was an unprecedented uptick on viewership after the film’s release elicited a furious reaction from the opposition Congress party, which sees it as a nakedly political move with links to the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In the trailer, the man portrayed is Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the scene is the most memorable of a two-and-a-half minute film trailer that has caused a political storm in the country ahead of the forthcoming election. The trailer also shows veteran actress Zarina Wahab plays Hiraben – briefly shown scrubbing pots and pans and later, providing a motherly shoulder for her son to lean on as he declares he wants to be a sanyasi.
‘PM Narendra Modi’ chronicles the prime minister's journey from selling tea on local trains as a child through his time in the right-wing Hindu RSS organisation and nearly 13 years as chief minister of western Gujarat state. Much of the BJP's popularity stems from Mr Modi's personal appeal and image as a tough, Hindu nationalist leader. For many critics, the most galling moment in the trailer is where Mr Modi is seen looking disturbed and upset during the 2002 Gujarat riots, when more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed.
Directed by - Omung Kumar Produced by - Suresh Oberoi, Sandip Ssingh, Anand Pandit Production Company
The slick biopic, titled PM Narendra Modi, is due for release on 5 April, days before India's weeks-long voting period begins. Right now the film is in the midst of legal battles. On Monday, Delhi high court has rejected a plea seeking the ban on the film. But still, PILs seeking ban on the film is also under consideration of Allahabad High Court and the Bombay High Court as well.