Zindagi, Ek Safar: Movie Planned on PM Modi’s Trips Abroad, Imtiaz Ali to Direct

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Zindagi, Ek Safar: Movie Planned on PM Modi’s Trips Abroad, Imtiaz Ali to Direct

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ajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s latest flick 2.0 may soon lose its position as the most expensive film made in India. Sources say a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign trips is in the works, which may cost more money than a few new Rafale jets.

The film was greenlit by Maharaja Window Seat Films, an up-and-coming production house in the Air India building, Mumbai. Sources say tour and travel expert Imtiaz Ali was roped in to direct the project.

“Our movie will avoid the early years of the Prime Minister’s struggle, which has been documented thoroughly. We’ll instead focus on the 60-odd countries, and six continents he has travelled across in the last four years,” said a member of the production house, who was picking countries on a map at random with a blindfold on.

To make the movie more authentic, the production team has spoken to number of people close to the PM – his driver, his cook, and his travel agent, who’s in charge of booking his foreign trips.

Since the Prime Minister does not take journalists who work for private news channels or papers, most of us have had to rely on his tweets to follow his foreign trips. “Now the nation will know what it takes to prepare for these diplomatic trips abroad. We will focus on Modi ji’s warm hugs with foreign counterparts, and compare them to the cold handshakes of Dr Manmohan Singh. After all, this ‘extra’ behaviour has improved India’s bilateral ties with other nations tremendously,” the producer said.

We asked Imtiaz Ali if he plans to shoot everything abroad. “No, no. There are some periods where he has to come back to India, either for elections, or demonetisation, or to clear bills for statues. But we’ll capture that in a flashback sequence, so I can spend a few extra months in Mongolia,” he said.

To make the movie more authentic, the production team has spoken to number of people close to the PM – his driver, his cook, and his travel agent, who’s in charge of booking his foreign trips.

“Ideally, we would have liked a worldwide release, but there are few places, like the continent of Antarctica, where people are angry with Modi ji for not visiting them in the last four and a half years. These countries will definitely make it to the sequel planned in 2024,” said a US-based distributor.

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