Meet Prime Minister Modi’s doppleganger, Vikas Mahante
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.