First look poster of Modi biopic is out. Vivek Oberoi says “fortunate” to play the role

vivek-modi Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi stand for photographs in front of posters of the upcoming film 'PM Narendra Modi' | AP

Days after it was announced that Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi will essay the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a biographical movie titled PM Narendra Modi, the first poster of the movie was released on Monday.

The poster has Vivek Oberoi looking almost like PM Modi with prosthetic, make up, grey hair, beard, and donning a kurta against the background of a national flag.

The first poster of the movie was launched by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. "Launched the official poster of film #PMNarendraModi in 23 languages with @sureshoberoi ji, @vivekoberoi , @OmungKumar , Sandeep Singh in Mumbai. This film is based on Hon @narendramodi ji’s life as the Prime Minister of India," tweeted the chief minister.

Fadnavis said it is great that a film on this scale is being made on Modi "under whose leadership India is not only touching new heights but the hopes and expectations of every citizen of India are being fulfilled."

"I believe the film will be inspirational. We always say Modi's life has been inspirational. He is like a raj-yogi and this film will get that in front of the audience. Vivek, we are very excited. We wish the film releases tomorrow but we know it is going to be a very difficult process and you will have to take it seriously. I have faith and predict that people will be inspired by this film," the CM said.

The biopic is being directed by Omung Kumar who is popular for helming the Mary Kom biopic starring Priyanka Chopra. The biopic is expected to go on floors this month and will be shot extensively in Gujarat. Veteran actor Paresh Rawal was roped in to play the role of Modi, but the actor later backed out due to unknown reasons.

"I am extremely fortunate. Today, I am feeling like I felt 16 years ago, during 'Company' days. I am feeling the same kind of excitement and hunger because this is a role of a lifetime for any actor. I truly believe at the end of the journey, I pray I become better actor and a better human being," Vivek Oberoi had said about essaying the role of PM Modi.

"Narendra Bhai is one of the tallest leaders in the world and to bring his personal qualities on screen is an incredible challenge and I want all your blessings that we can complete this incredible journey," he added.

(With agency inputs)