Akshay Kumar has unveiled the first look of upcoming film Mann Bairagi, presented by ace filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, which is based on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The poster shows the closeup of a young man’s face. At the bottom of the poster, he can be seen clad in a shirt and loose pants and carrying a jhola, while travelling through a desert and with a bus in the background. Sharing this poster on the occasion of the Indian PM’s 69th birthday (17th September), Akshay wrote, “Happy to present the first look of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Mahaveer Jain’s special feature, #MannBairagi on the defining moment of our PM’s life on his birthday!”
Mann Bairagi has been written and directed by Ssanjay Tripaathy and will be co-produced by Mahaveer Jain. According to reports, the film will be a special feature on PM Modi, showcasing parts of his life which have not been revealed before on any public platform. Speaking the film, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has said the story has a “universal appeal and message.
“The story was very well researched and the turning point of our PM’s life, as a young man, really intrigued me. I felt that it’s a story that is unheard of and needs to be told,” he added. Dirctor Ssanjay said “it's a human interest story about the self-discovery of a person who went on to become such a strong leader of our country.”
However, this will not be the first biopic on the Prime Minister. Earlier this year, a film titled PM Narendra Modi, starring Vivek Oberoi in the titular role and directed by Omung Kumar, was released but received negative reviews from critics and earned INR 23 crore worldwide. Modi: Journey of a Common Man, a web series by Eros Now, directed by Umesh Shuka, was also released in April 2019 and included ten episodes based on the PM’s life.