'Modi: Journey Of A Common Man' Review: I'll Have To Bleach My Eyeballs After Watching This
If you want to make propaganda films or TV shows, please do them right. Those who review art professionally need to be compensated for brain damage for sitting through these below par collection of visuals and sound which should never be labelled as art.
There are days at work where you wonder if any amount of money is good enough to make you do what you're doing. For me, watching movies and shows has always been a fun activity. If I get to put out an opinion or two about it, I'm more than happy to watch anything and everything.
In this quest to get my paycheck, I had to go through the five episodes of 'Modi' - Eros Now's new original webseries loosely based on the famous author of 'Exam Warriors' and BJP head-honcho (Also part-time Pradhan Sevak), Narendra Damodardas Modi. I've survived an existential crisis and now you'll read what I experienced so that you don't have to watch this blot on original web content.
A five-episode series should be an easy and casual binge for everyone but the showrunners have tried their best to go against this notion. The show follows the now Pradhan Sevak through his childhood and his rise to power as the Prime Minister of the country.
There's a blatant attempt by the writers to wash their hands off of any responsibility as they only provide a cursory glance over the controversial aspects of Modi's life. There's a conversation between the two brothers about Modi being engaged at a young age but there's no resolution for this scene. There's a sudden jump in narrative as we are treated to a 'preacher' version of Modi.
It's baffling how the series director, Umesh Shukla, fails to end a scene on time. These extended sequences are a mark of an underconfident director who relies more on repetition than nuanced dialogue. Maybe they've been inspired by the real-life personality they've based this webseries on, but this makes 'Modi' a tedious watch.
Actor Mahesh Thakur, in an interview with the Indian Express, said that all the events shown in the series are 'true' and has challenged everyone to file an RTI to crosscheck what's shown on screen. The director seemed to have overseen the fact that the show starts with a disclaimer that negates his claims and tells us that the events shown are a mixture of fact and fiction.
With so many propaganda entities releasing close to the upcoming elections, it was always a race against time for Shukla. You can see the rushed editing and shooting within the first three episodes.
2019 started off with 'The Accidental Prime Minister' which reduced the former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to a caricature and now we're seeing two big releases on the chest thumping chowkidar of the country. Hero worship during the election season (when the model code of conduct is already in place) should definitely be considered as a breach of trust by the showrunners.
You can watch the show on ErosNow. Here's the trailer for this webseries: