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.
Questioning whether his good relations with the BJP have been a factor for scripting such a movie on PM Narendra Modi, Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami asked:
"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?"
In response, Vivek Oberoi slammed the Opposition for directing their fears onto a soft target like himself saying:
"He is a hero. Who am I to make him (Modi) a hero? He is a hero to the nation and a hero to the entire world. And if you (Opposition) are so scared of the cane of the chowkidar, you should handle that on your side. Why are you making filmmakers like me a soft target?"
The entire debate surrounded around the stance the Opposition has taken regarding the release of the movie PM Narendra Modi basing their fears that the movie is aimed at promoting Narendra Modi and will hinder the election campaign before the Lok Sabha polls on April 11th.
The Opposition had also earlier opposed the release of the 1975-Emergency based movie- 'Indu Sarkar'.