A 32-minute short film titled Chalo Jeete Hain is apparently inspired by the early life of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The short film got a big screening at Rajya Sabha secretariat on Wednesday (25th July) in presence of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Jayant Sinha and JP Nadda.
While the movie does not claim to be the Prime Minister’s official biography, sources in the Rajya Sabha secretariat told a leading news portal, “The story is about this young boy, who goes asking his parents and others…what’s it that you live for after reading a phrase… ‘a winner is one who lives for others’… The young boy is…Narendra Modi…”
On Tuesday, 24th July, the movie was also screened at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for President Ram Nath Kovind, with senior government officials claiming the request for the screening had come from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Prime Minister’s Office. However, The Rashtrapati Bhavan has refused such reports.
Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to President Ramnath Kovind, told the leading news portal, “The filmmakers wrote to us and said that this is a film about the innocence of childhood and about young people helping each other. They said they would like to show it to President Kovind. The President gave his consent and it was screened on Tuesday. Such screenings have happened in the past too. Such values are encouraged.”
Popular Bollywood flicks like Pink and Piku were also screened at the Rashtrapati Bhavan auditorium and were watched by the Former President Pranab Mukherjee.
After watching the movie the Union Ministers on Wednesday took to Twitter and were all praises for it. While Piyush Goyal said the movie on PM Modi's life is inspiring, Ravi Shankar Prasad, without mentioning the PM, called the movie simply outstanding.
President of India took to Twitter to tweet about it and wrote, “#PresidentKovind watched the film Chalo Jeete Hain at a special screening at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre. Directed by Mangesh Hadawale, the film captures the theme of childhood and innocence, empathy and fraternity.”
The next Lok Sabha elections are not far away and this movie showing Modi’s childhood has caught everyone’s attention.
Director Mangesh Hadawale stated that the movie revolves around a boy named Naru, who is inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s words, “Wahi jeete hain, jo doosro ke liye jeete hain. (Only those live who live for others).” On his website, Mangesh is quoted as saying that he had found a cinematic appeal when he had “stumbled upon incidents from Naru’s childhood”.
However, he chose not to mention the name of the PM directly.