Modi’s Lookalike dressed and looks exactly like PM Modi in his white beard and neatly trimmed and a sleeveless pink jacket was thrown on his traditional kurta, Abhinandan Pathak said thanks to an odd and strange resemblance to the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Pathak is almost the same height and features like the PM, even he walks exactly in a similar way of Modi — is no ordinary doppelganger.
According to him, On Modi’s “failed promises”, He is running as an independent against Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s marathon election — and most people are supporting him.
After seven weeks of intense campaigning and the votes of 900 million Indians, the biggest election on Earth going to finish up on Sunday, May 19.
“The anger (towards Modi) is real. I can feel it wherever I go,” Pathak, 58, told AFP from his home in the northern city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
When in 2014 Modi was first elected, Pathak was a supporter and Because of his resemblance in the event, people “adored me, they asked for selfies and hugged me.”
Further adding, Pathak explains the love he gets from everyone, in his words “I was showered with love. People thought that if they can’t meet the real Modi, they might as well meet me.” But now people tease him by saying “where are the good days”.
“But now they get angry when they see me. They ask me ‘where are the good days’,” he said, after Modi’s 2014 election slogan “achhe din ayenge” (“good days will come”).
Pathak’s one of the memorable moment was from May 2014, when he told that Modi hugged him during a victory parade in the city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
But it was all fall down after that. Pathak said that he is getting ignored by the party and his many letters to Modi went unanswered.
Doppelganger candidates are nothing new in the glowing world of Indian politics. Their presence continuously generates curiosity, with crowds thronging to catch a glimpse of the duplicates of politicians.
In Mumbai, another Modi lookalike named Vikas Mahante — has been out and about on the campaign trail in a district of the city on a BJP ticket.
The 57-year-old businessman, who even copied Modi in a little-known 2017 biopic, has been the attention seeker at rallies.
But it can get risky. When people start throwing stones at him and he had to run for his safety. Now the Duplicates has his own bodyguard.
“Once I was chased by a gang of men around midnight while I was returning from a rally,” he told the Hindustan Times daily in an interview in 2017. He jumped all signals and stepped accelerator and didn’t stop anywhere to save his life.
In 2014, Prashant Sethi, who sells fried chicken in Surat (Gujarat), pull ahead up being a duplicate of Rahul Gandhi. According to sources, Sethi was offered a film role too.
But now, as he is the supporter of Modi. He has transformed his look by putting on weight, growing a beard and also changing his hairstyle — all to look different from Gandhi.
By referring to a common nickname — used by Gandhi’s detractors — for slightly stupid individuals, He said “I and my family have been supporters of the BJP since the beginning. But because of my look, I was always teased.” “People had started calling me Pappu”, “So I had to change my look,” he said.
But Talking about the Lucknow feisty father-of-six Pathak, he has no wish to change.
By showing a picture from his younger days, Pathak said that “Why should I? I have been in politics since the 90s and I have always sported the beard and kurta.” “I am the original one, Modi is my look alike.”