The political landscape has transformed colossally over the last few years. The fight for power in India was a pretty predictable process for more than a decade - frantic debates, campaigns on the streets, and an ocean of hoardings on every bit of brick.
It all started with the release of The Accidental Prime Minister in January. A movie based on the opposition during election year? Nothing quite like it had happened before, and people were quick to notice the timing.
That iron cherry might have left a bad taste in your mouth, but it was just a starter. Within weeks, the film PM Narendra Modi was announced, played by Vivek Oberoi of all people. Things had suddenly gone from vaguely confusing to outright bizarre.
Overwhelmed by the pre-election line up of propaganda films. Never in my 23-year career have I seen cinema used so cunningly to influence votes. And while I think censorship & bans are totally undemocratic, I wish some credible talents hadn't sold their souls to the propaganda mills.
It isn't just propaganda films being peddled to the masses however, it's also resorted to character assassination.
Hot on the heels of the biopic is a web series by Eros Now called Modi - The Journey of a Common Man. It chronicles - you guessed it - Modi's life from his childhood to when he took oath as PM. It looks like yet another blatant glorification in a political space already overcrowded with propaganda.
“Uri” is not a propaganda film. Any war film about the heroism of its soldiers will be patriotic by default. By that standards “Border” , LOC, Haqeeqat wore patriotism on its sleeve. War movies are either anti-war like “come and See” or patriotic . -1— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 14, 2019
Watched URI: the surgical strike last night— Bada Bhai (@simplykhizer007) April 1, 2019
Propaganda at it's best....
Finally watched #Uri. Feels great to see Indian cinema moving closer in its portrayal of the @adgpi. Also enjoyed the emotions minus jingoism. Its flaws notwithstanding, stellar job by everybody, especially @vickykaushal09— Aninda Sardar (@anindasardar) March 30, 2019
Guess we at @JustUrbane spotted his talent early on 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/vI9qTferDU
A full fledged channel dedicated to the PM, titled NamoTV, has also popped up recently. The AAP has written to the EC questioning the move. We're still waiting for Congress and the rest of the parties to join the bandwagon - it's bound to happen soon.