Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic “PM Narendra Modi”, starring Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and directed by Omung Kumar had crossed the hurdle of Supreme Court, on Wednesday its release was obstructed by the Election Commission of India.
The Election Commission stayed the movie release till the elections are over, saying it disturbs level-playing field. It said, “Any biopic that subverses purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in electronic media.”
The film was scheduled for release on Thursday, 11th April, when the nation will observe 1st phase of Lok Sabha poll.
When the distributor and production team of the film has announced the release date, opposition started complaining and claiming that the biopic could give undue advantage to the BJP in the polls as it will arrive in theaters before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday had dismissed a petition filed by a Congress activist seeking a stay on the release of the film saying the Election Commission would be an “appropriate” place to seek the redressal.
The commission had written to the Central Board of Film Certification seeking information on the status of certification of the film. The biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received a ‘U’ certificate from the CBFC.
On this basis producer Sandeep Singh had said after getting the Universal certificate from the censor board that he hopes no political parties across India has any problem because the Election Commission, the CBFC, and all the courts have cleared all the pleas, and our film is ready for release. We are grateful to each and everyone who have prayed for us.