Javed Akhtar 'shocked' to find his name on Modi biopic poster

Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar

The lyricist is utterly shocked to discover his name there on the poster. He took to Twitter and wrote, "Am shocked to find my name on the poster of this film". Except, the poet-lyricist says he has not written songs for "PM Narendra Modi".

The film that features Vivek Oberoi in the main lead playing the role of Narendra Modi, released its trailer recently that has received rave responses from the audiences.

The trailer was launched at a multiplex in Mumbai by the film's cast and crew. The other lyricists credited in the movie poster are Prasoon Joshi, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Sardaraa, and Parry, and Lavraj. Kumar has previously helmed biopics such as Mary Kom and Sarbjit.

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The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has approached the Election Commission to seek a ban on the biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi until the end of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, The Hindu reported on Thursday.

Akhtar has also warned that the room for creativity or freedom of expression in India was shrinking, a remark that was widely seen to criticise elements close to the ruling parties.

Akhtar, who has 4.22 million followers on Twitter and who often uses the platform to criticise the BJP and the RSS, had recently recited an unpublished poem for the first time in public, urging writers to "speak up". The movie is scheduled for release on April 5, six days before voting for the general elections begins. The film also stars Boman Irani, Manoj Joshi, Prashant Narayanan, Zarina Wahab, Barkha Sengupta and Anjan Shrivastav.

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