The latest entry into the cast of Omung Kumar directorial, PM Narendra Modi, is theatre veteran and well-known film actor Manoj Joshi who will be essaying the role of Amit Shah. While actor Vivek Oberoi will be essaying the titular role, the movie will also feature Boman Irani, Suresh Oberoi and Zarina Wahab in pivotal roles.
Talking to News18 about featuring in the movie, Joshi shared, “I am glad that I have got an opportunity to play the role of Mr Amit Shah in the film. When Sandeep Ssingh called me to offer this role, I did not think for a second and said yes. This is going to be one of the most interesting characters for me to play.”
Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared Joshi’s first look as the character, on his Twitter handle and wrote, “Well-known theatre and film actor Manoj Joshi to portray #AmitShah in #PMNarendraModi… Vivek Anand Oberoi essays the title role… Omung Kumar B directs the biopic… Produced by Suresh Oberoi and Sandip Ssingh… Here’s the first look:” (sic).
Dressed in Amit Shah’s signature kurta and Nehru jacket, Joshi looks strikingly similar to the BJP politician. The film is being co-produced by Vivek’s father Suresh Oberoi and Bhumi fame Sandip Singh, who, on casting Joshi, said, “This was one of the important roles in the film and I feel nobody could have done it better than Manoj Joshi. He is one of the finest actors and when I called him for the role, he immediately agreed. He is a very passionate actor and he is working really hard for his character. It is a great experience working with him and I hope the audience will like his work as well.”
Reportedly, the film will be shot across Gujarat, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, among other locations in the country, over a period of a few months and will hit the cinema screens around the time of Lok Sabha elections 2019.