Mumbai, June 21: Akshay Kumar is indeed the man of the moment in the film industry. Unlike the Khans, Akshay has a very different kind of fan following and most of his films either exhibit patriotism or highlight the importance of social reforms. And if the latest buzz is anything to go by, then Akshay may play Prime Minister Narendra Modi on screen.
According to a report in DNA, Akshay has emerged as the clear winner over actors like Paresh Rawal, Anupam Kher and Victor Banerjee, because of his widespread appeal.
A source close to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is quoted as saying, “The kind of reach and impact that Akshay Kumar’s presence will have in a story on Modi would be far-reaching and productive.”
Self-confessed fan of Narendra Modi and chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, Pahlaj Nihalani, said, “I can’t think of anyone better to play our Prime Minster than Akshay. He has a spotless image of an idealist and visionary. And look at the kind of work he’s doing. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman are the cinema of social reform that Guru Dutt and V Shantaram were associated with. Also, Akshay has risen from humble working class beginnings to become a national star, just like Modiji. We are certainly looking at a strong possibility of Akshay playing Modiji.”
Actor and BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha too opines the same. “Akshay is the Mr Clean of India. His image goes well with the image of the New Shining India,” he said.
Akshay’s next two films– Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman– seem to champion the cause of government’s flagship hygiene programme, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The trailer of the film got a thumbs up from the Prime Minister, who called it a “good effort” to raise awareness about the Swachh Bharat campaign.
Good effort to further the message of cleanliness. 125 crore Indians have to continue working together to create a Swachh Bharat. https://t.co/C0XKPpguW7
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 12, 2017
Moreover, Akshay’s initiative – Bharat Ke Veer – a platform that facilitates financial assistance to the families of martyrs was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently.
As of now, there is no conversation being heard of an actual film being worked on the leader but that isn’t stopping the actor’s fans from picturing him as PM Modi. So in all probabilities, if a film on PM Modi is made, Akshay comes across as the popular choice.
Akshay is currently awaiting the release of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which also stars Bhumi Pednekar and is shooting for Padman, which also stars Sonam Kapoor. He will also be seen as the villain in Rajinikanth’s 2.O.