After shifting its release date multiple times, the movie based on the life of PM Narendra Modi released all across India today and is expected to garner around Rs 5 crore and a few lakh votes on its first day itself. The movie is anticipated to do excellent on its first weekend considering the craze for PM Modi after he received a landslide victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Another reason for the movie’s splendid box office numbers might have to do with how all Modi supporters have been rendered jobless for now.
The movie has been released in more than 500 theatres worldwide. However, keeping Narendra Modi’s growing global popularity, the Pakistan government has banned the movie from releasing in Pakistan. Late on Thursday evening, after the final result declaration of the 2019 Indian General elections, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan declared that Vivek Oberoi’s movie based on PM Modi’s life shall not be allowed to be released in Pakistan. Imran Khan added that anyone watching the movie through other sources shall be charged under the sedition law and exiled to India. In a piece of unrelated news, several torrent websites reportedly crashed in Pakistan due to high traffic.
This move by Pakistan is coming as a complete shocker to both Indian and Pakistan Bollywood fans as in recent times Pakistan has been quite open-minded when it comes to accepting cross-border productions in movies or pop culture art.
“I don’t understand the problem. Why are they being so weird about a movie? Just recently they made a goodwill gesture by making “URI: Surgical Strike” tax-free across Pakistan to help our people understand the Indian strategy. Just imagine the achievements we could bag if our people figure out Modi’s strategy!” said a delusional fan from Pakistan.
Currently, it is not clear as to why the movie was banned in Pakistan, but if reports are to be trusted, Pakistan is fearing that after watching the movie, many of its own citizens might revolt against the government or seek Pakistan to be declared as a Hindu Rashtra. Confirmation awaited.