Vivek Oberoi (File Photo)
Unfazed by the controversies enveloping his film "PM Narendra Modi" biopic, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi on Saturday said he "might think" of contesting from Vadodara in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls "if he joins politics".
The remarks by the actor came during an interactive session with students of Parul University in Vadodara where he was promoting the Omung Kumar-directed biopic, which is yet to be released.
On Friday, film's producer Sandip Singh had said that the film will hit the theatres on April 11. On Thursday, the makers of "PM Narendra Modi" had announced on social media that they had postponed the release date of the movie, while the censor board had said the film was still undergoing due process of examination and certification.
The Supreme Court on Friday refused urgent listing of a plea seeking stay on the release of the biopic.
On Thursday, the apex court had agreed to hear on April 8 a Congress leader's plea which sought deferment of the biopic's release till the completion of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, alleging that it was designed to "manipulate, influence and impress viewers and voters".
"If I join politics, I might think of contesting from Vadodara in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections just because of the love and affection people gave PM Narendra Modi when he contested from here," Oberoi said after being asked whether he would take the political plunge.
He told students that he observed the PM's body language and way of talking to prepare for his role in the biopic.
He claimed it took 16 days to finalise his look for the film.
"It is an inspiring film about a man who has become Prime Minister of the country and one of the world's biggest leaders without any backing or caste politics," he said.
The film, directed by Omung Kuman, has been criticised by the opposition parties, who claim that the biopic could give undue advantage to the BJP in the polls as it will arrive in theatres before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The seven-phase polls will begin on April 11 and continue till May 19.