No one can play PM Modi better than me: Paresh Rawal reacts to Vivek Oberoi's look from biopic

Paresh Rawal and PM Modi. (Source: PTI, Twitter/ @SirPareshRawal) Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2019, 11.53 AM (IST)

Paresh Rawal has something to say on Vivek Oberoi’s confirmation to play the role of Indian PM Modi in a biopic based on the life of the leader. 

Just yesterday, Vivek’s first look as Modi was unveiled on the social media. While many seemed convinced with the first look, some thought veteran actor Paresh Rawal would have been a better choice for the role. When Paresh was asked about the same, he said, "No one can pull off the role better [than me]."  

Talking about about his fondness for Modi, Rawal told an Indian channel: "When I was nine years old, my mother told me that we would avoid eating rice on Mondays, since the then PM Lal Bahadur Shastri - who was allotting ration for the Army men in our war-struck country - had requested the citizens to do so. The demand was honored by many because it had been made by an honest man. Similarly, when Modi told citizens to give up their [cooking gas] subsidies, people paid heed, because the request was made by an honest man."

"He's not an armchair [prime minister], but a passionate countryman who has visited abundant villages [to study problems] firsthand. These factors will be the driving forces of our biopic, " he added.

The biopic made on PM Modi is being helmed by the same director who has made previous biopics including that of Mary Kom and Sarabjit. 

Director Omung Kumar has tentatively titled the film as ‘PM Narendra Modi' and the shooting will kickstart this month. 

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Actor Vivek Oberoi has been roped in to play Indian PM Modi in a biopic being made on the country's leader.