Meet Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s dopple­ganger, Vikas Ma­hante

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Monika Rawal Kukreja

Asemi-fic­tional fea­ture film Modi Ka Gaon, based on the PM’s ru­ral devel­op­ment scheme, faces ob­jec­tion from the Cen­sor Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which has asked the mak­ers of the film to get an NOC from the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice. Mean­while, the ac­tor play­ing the PM’s part has en­tered the spot­light for his un­canny re­sem­blance to Modi. Hail­ing from Mumbai’s Malad lo­cal­ity, Vikas Ma­hante is en­joy­ing his new­found fame.

Re­count­ing his first ever en­counter with the PM, Ma­hante shares how Modi checked him out from head to toe and kept laugh­ing non­stop. “It was in 2014 be­fore the Lok Sabha elec­tion when I got to meet Modiji in Gand­hi­na­gar when he was the CM [of Gu­jarat] and had a huge clout. He rarely smiles, but he gave me his big­gest smile. He asked me, “Lok Sabha elec­tions hain, kuch plan­ning kiya hai prachar ka?” I said, ‘Zarur kiya hai. Zor shor se kaam karenge,’ I also re­mem­ber giv­ing him a shawl,” shares Ma­hante.

About how life has changed ever since he’s been recog­nised and ac­knowl­edged as Modi’s looka­like, he says, “Of course, there’s a celebrity touch. When­ever I step out, peo­ple crowd around me. Some want to take a selfie; oth­ers want an au­to­graph. How­ever, it’s not a great thing to carry some­one’s iden­tity with you all through your life. At times, it looks cheap,” he says.

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