PM Narendra Modi opens sometime before the 2014 Lok Sabha election when, one is told, India had been faced with the choice of either making history or becoming history (“itihaas banaana ya itihaas banna”). Perhaps dealing with a similar dilemma in their own middling careers, the filmmakers choose to manufacture portions of political history. In telling the story of Modi’s ascension from poor small-town boy to the country’s premier, they draw from and fuel popular rightist vantages. The devotion is strong with this one.
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First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 01:58 IST