Facts really don’t matter and substance and storytelling are inconsequential in PM Narendra Modi, a hagiographic account of the rise and rise of the country’s current prime minister —just back for five more years after a thumping, unchallenged win — from his humble beginnings. It insinuates that the Gujarat riots of 2002 were orchestrated by a businessman who Modi had crossed swords with. This is cinema clearly used as propaganda but even if you judge it purely as a film, PM Narendra Modi falls short. The climax unfolds as a laughable thriller where an assassination attempt on Modi is thwarted and the product placements — from the camera lingering on a tetrapack of milk as Modi makes chai to repeated references to an agarbatti brand — are too glaring for comfort. The big question left unanswered at the end of 131 minutes — did Modi send emails in the ’80s and how does he eat his mangoes?
Source: The Telegraph May 24, 2019 15:18 UTC