NEW DELHI: A Bollywood biopic on Narendra Modi's rise from humble beginnings to Indian prime minister is to hit cinemas next month, its director said Friday, just in time for elections.
It is the latest in a series of political movies released over the last few weeks, with filmmakers seeking to cash in on a seven-week national election with around 900 million eligible voters.
"Proud to announce the release date of my film #PMNarendraModi 12th April 2019," Omung Kumar B said on Twitter.
Proud to announce the release date of my film #PMNarendraModi 12th April 2019... Stars @vivekoberoi Produced by @sandip_Ssingh #SureshOberoi and @anandpandit63— Omung Kumar B (@OmungKumar) March 15, 2019
The Hindi film industry has a long tradition of producing politically tinged flicks — but industry watchers say 2019's offerings are more partisan than ever before.
"The film will traverse the journey of Narendra Damodardas Modi from his humble beginnings to his years as Gujarat Chief Minister," Kumar told Press Trust of India.
"(And) onto his landmark win at the 2014 election and finally being nominated as the prime minister of India," he added.
Kumar has also directed other biographical movies including one on Mary Kom, India's leading Olympic boxer.
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