The Election Commission of India has directed subscription based media platform Eros Now to stop immediately the streaming of the web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It also ordered to remove all connected contents of ‘Modi: Journey Of A Common Man’ till further notice. EC stalled the release of biopic PM Narendra Modi from releasing on April 11.
The poll panel issued a notice to Eros Now and wrote, “It was brought to our notice that a web series ‘Modi: Journey Of A Common Man’ having 5 episodes is available on your platform. You are directed to stop forthwith the online streaming & remove all connected content of the series till further orders.”
The notice also added that the web series cannot be telecast, based on its April 10 order which prohibited the display of any biopic, biography or hagiography which serves the interest of any political entity, during the period of the operation of the Model Code of Conduct.
Election Commission to Eros Now: It was brought to our notice that a web series "Modi-Journey of a Common Man, having 5 episodes is available on your platform. You're directed to stop forthwith the online streaming & remove all connected content of the series till further orders pic.twitter.com/ofs0neJMc3
— ANI (@ANI) April 20, 2019
‘Modi: Journey Of A Common Man’ has been written by writer and Censor Board member Mihir Bhuta and Radhika Anand. The series has been helmed by Umesh Shukla of ‘Oh My God’ fame. The series has been shot in the real locations of rural Gujarat, Siddhpur and Vadnagar where Modi grew up. While Ashish Sharma plays a younger version of Modi, Veteran actor Mahesh Thakur essays the role of Modi after his appointment as Gujarat CM.
The poll panel further said in the letter to Eros Now that since Modi is the prime minister, a political leader and a prospective candidate for the Lok Sabha Elections, the web series should not be telecast.