Vivek Oberoi appeared on a livewire edition of 'Poochta Hai Bharat - Arnab Ke Saath' on Republic Bharat on Monday, hours after his upcoming release - the 'PM Narendra Modi' biopic - was cleared by the Delhi High Court and also the Bombay High Court which disposed off the petition seeking a stay on its release.
Opposition parties have attempted to impute a political motive to the film, which will now release on April 6. Partaking in a panel discussion, Vivek Oberoi spoke on a range of topics related to the film and otherwise.
Here’s what Vivek Oberoi said when confronted on the narrative of being called “BJP stooge” by Congress leader Kapil Sibal:
“I want to make it clear from, that I am not with BJP, I am with my country India. Whatever is good for my country is good for me. I believe in this nation.”
On being asked if the BJP told him to act in the movie or called him to make a movie on PM Modi, he said:
"If this logic is valid, Kapil Sibal is a big man, a knowledgeable man, but if this logic is valid, then why is Congress wasting time and money in campaigning. They should instead make a film. Sit and produce a film. If you think that one can win an election by making a film, a film can do a turnaround of the election scene, then why are you doing such a hard work in campaigning"?
Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami asked him about the matter by referencing Congress’ claims on Anupam Kher's 'The Accidental Prime Minister':
"The Opposition has claimed that Anupam Kher, who has good relations with the BJP, made a movie called 'The Accidental Prime Minister' which they claim made mockery of former PM Manmohan Singh. Now, you (Vivek Oberoi) who has good ties with the BJP has made a movie which portrays Narendra Modi as a hero. Why have you done this?"
Oberoi promptly replied: "Who am I to make him a hero, he is already a hero, for the entire country, for the entire world."