BJP BE­HIND RAGA DISS FILM?

B-Grade di­rec­tor ad­mits his film is backed by sev­eral par­ties, in­clud­ing the BJP, but re­fuses to iden­tify who they are

Mid Day - - News - MOHAR BASU [email protected]

AF­TER the re­lease of An Ac­ci­den­tal Prime Min­is­ter, based on for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh, and the an­nounce­ment of Vivek Oberoi-star­rer PM Naren­dra Modi, comes the trailer of My Name Is RaGa. Fash­ioned as an ode to Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, the film has been di­rected by Ru­pesh Paul. As­sert­ing that it’s not a biopic, Paul says, “I was in­spired by him when I was work­ing in Delhi as a jour­nal­ist. The neg­a­tiv­ity and the con­spir­a­cies he has en­dured are sur­real; no one be­lieved in him. No one ex­pected [him to make] this kind of come­back.” Point out to him

‘I hate the poli­cies Modi in­tro­duced. But he is a man to ad­mire’ Ru­pesh Paul

that the film could be per­ceived as a pro­pa­ganda movie, and he says, “I had pitched it two years ago, [but] they [in­vestors] didn’t care. It’s only af­ter his pre-elec­tions win that they came around.”

Ever since the trailer dropped on­line yes­ter­day, Twit­terati had a field day mock­ing the film over its poor pro­duc­tion val­ues and ques­tion­able per­for­mances — hardly sur­pris­ing since the di­rec­tor’s pre­vi­ous of­fer­ings in­clude Ka­ma­Su­tra 3D (2015) and Saint Drac­ula 3D (2012). Many even joked if the ‘par­ody film’ was backed by ri­val po­lit­i­cal par­ties. “I am the pro­ducer on paper, but peo­ple who are in­vest­ing money don’t want to re­veal their names,” says Paul, adding, “They are not from Congress, but from dif­fer­ent par­ties. Some of them are BJP work­ers, and some are close to the party and don’t wish to re­veal their iden­ti­ties. The pro­duc­ers may or may not put their names, de­pend­ing on what they wish af­ter the film is handed over.” In what may be seen as per­fect tim­ing, he as­sures that the movie will re­lease mid-April. “It has been com­mit­ted to the mak­ers as per con­tract.”

Not too long ago, Paul had an­nounced a film on Modi ti­tled Modi 4D. “Af­ter the biopic with Paresh Rawal was an­nounced, my in­vestors shelved it with­out in­form­ing me.” It is easy to be con­fused by his un­clear po­lit­i­cal in­cli­na­tion, but he says he is a film­maker first. “I hate the poli­cies that Modi in­tro­duced af­ter be­com­ing PM. But he is a man to ad­mire. Rahul Gandhi too ap­pre­ci­ates his de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

A still from My Name Is RaGa; (right) Rahul Gandhi

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