Abki Baar Modi Sarkaar: B-town divides over Narendra Modi


Only few hours left when the chief minister of Gujarat and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be declared the 14th prime minister of India. The nation is glued to the television channel watching the latest election trend. The ‘Modi Wave’ gripped the nation and many film personalities spoke openly in support of Narendra Modi.

The celebrities are divided into two different zones, one is anti and the other is pro Modi group. Actor Vivek Oberoi, filmmaker Ashok Pundit, veteran actor Anupam Kher, Kabir Bedi, director Madhur Bhandarkar, actresses- Ranveena Tandon and Preity Zinta, came out in support of Modi.

Vivek Oberoi who is supporting Narendra Modi, says, “It’s obvious that NaMo will win. We need a government that thinks about progress and development and shuts all paths that lead to corruption. India needs a political leader who has the will to work for the nation, and provide growth and stability to its people. I have interacted with him and have been campaigning for him all over and I don’t think he is a communal person.”

While celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt, Nandita Das, Shubha Mudgal, Sanjay Chehal, Hansal Mehta, Anand Pathwardhan and several others, did not voice against Modi directly but they appealed the people to vote for a leader with “secular” credentials and not to someone who was supposedly “divisive”.

Vir Das quoted, “DEAR MODI TROLLS, today's your last day. Tomorrow he's everybody's PM. It's equal rights, healthy satire & open season. Find a new hobby :-)

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta who recently won the National Award for the film, Shahid, openly supports AAP. He says, “I do not support a political party, rather I support a movement that has risen out of frustration. It’s a new voice and it’s not an ideology yet. So far, our country has only seen two centres of power but now it’s time for a third voice.”

When asked about who he thinks will win, Mehta replied, “If more people have voted for someone, then as a citizen of the country, I will respect that mandate. I just hope that the doubts I had while opposing Mr Modi are unfounded. I don’t want to live in fear of his supposedly communal tendencies.”

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt opines, “Never mind the exit polls. They won’t affect my political leanings that are known to the world.

I have been very consistent about the same because I vehemently oppose anything that goes against the plurality of India. So yes, I support Gandhian ideology,” he says.

Actress Tejaswani Kolpuree  supports AAP. “I am hoping that the Aam Aadmi Party is voted to the centre.

I personally feel that like last time, it will be a coalition rule and not a single party majority as predicted by exit polls. I think that our country wants a change now; we need to prosper,” she says.

Director Vivek Agnihotri says, “My real concern is that I want to see a developed and powerful India. Rahul Gandhi is not a promising candidate, as he doesn’t have a successful track record. On the other hand, Modi had a track record to show, so I decided to support him. We must keep in mind our priority, which is empowering people. Seventy five percent of our population doesn’t have basic rights. We need to think about those people.”