Have you ever met your doppelganger? If so, then you will relate to this story. If not so, then you must have seen lookalikes of many celebrities. And now we have a lookalike of none other than our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Just have a look at the picture below:
No, he is not PM Modi, he is Vikas Mahante, the 52-year-old who hails from Mumbai’s Malad locality and who resembles PM Modi.
If you are a lookalike of a Prime Minister, you eventually gets a celebrity touch. Same happened with Mahante too. He is being treated as a celebrity and is now starring in a semi-fictional feature film ‘Modi ka Gaon,’ based on the PM’s rural development scheme. The film is being directed by Tushar Amrish Goel.
In an interview given to Hindustan Times, recounting his first ever encounter with PM Modi, Mahante shares what was the reaction of Modi Ji when he saw him.
“It was in 2014 before the Lok Sabha election when I got to meet him in Gandhinagar. He was the CM (of Gujarat) and had a huge clout even then and was much talked about. The public was as excited as they are today to see him and hear him talk. Actually, for the 2012 Vidhan Sabha elections in Gujarat, I campaigned for Ramanbhai Patkar in Umbergaon town of Gujarat’s Valsad district. After he was elected with 28,000 votes, he told Modi ji, ‘There’s someone who looks like you and he campaigned for me.’ Later, I got a call from Patkar that he’s fixed a date, time and an appointment for me to meet Modi ji. I went along with five friends from the BJP. After Patkar introduced me to Modi ji, he looked at me from head to toe and started laughing. 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, ‘Zarurkiya hai. Zor shor se kaam karenge.” I also remember giving Modi ji a shawl.”
When asked how has life changed ever since he has been recognised and acknowledged as PM Modi’s lookalike? He says,
“Of course, there’s a celebrity touch that’s there now. Whenever I step out, people crowd around me. Some want to take a selfie; others want an autograph with Modi’s signature. So you experience these pleasant things, but it becomes a bit difficult when I am out campaigning. Still, it’s fine. However, it’s not a great thing to carry someone’s identity with you all through your life. At times, it looks cheap as well.
He adds in the interview to HT –
“Unfortunately, that was the first and last time I met Modi ji. I couldn’t meet him after he became the Prime Minister. I really want to meet him again…”
Earlier, he did a cameo in Farah Khan’s movie Happy New Year (2014). He has also done a couple of reality shows such as India’s Got Talent.
On being asked whether he does anything special to maintain his looks and weight to continue looking like PM Modi, Mahante says, –
“My weight is slightly less than that of Modi ji, so I am trying to maintain that. Also, whenever I am watching TV and if I see Modi ji, I stop right there and study his way of talking, facial expressions, and body language. I try hard to imitate him in the best possible ways…”
Mahante has been campaigning for Shiv Sena and BJP in Mumbai for some time now. He accompanies the candidates and waves at the crowd.
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