On Saturday, the makers of ‘PM Narendra Modi’, which is based on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote to Election Commission, seeking its clarification on its decision to stay the release of the film.
A letter written by the makers stated, “We seek clarification in this regard from your office as we intended to promote the film in areas which are no more affected by Moral Code of Conduct after the end of polling on 29.4.19.”
This comes a day after the apex court refused to interfere with the Election Commission’s order of banning the release of the film.
According to reports, the petitioners sought permission from EC to promote the film in 373 constituencies that would be out of Moral code of conduct after 29 April, as by the time four phases of the general elections would be over.
Petitioners advocate Shashank Garg stated “EC does not want us to release the film during the moral code of conduct. We have sought the clarification that by 29 April that phase four of the election will be over and 373 constituencies will be out of the MCC. We should at least be allowed to promote the film in these constituencies.”
Earlier this week, the Election Commission had submitted a report before the Supreme Court favoring the ban on the release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’. The bench had ordered that the report be served to the petitioner (makers of Modi biopic).
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The EC in its report described the biopic as ‘hagiography’ that may disturb the level-playing field if released during Lok Sabha elections, suggesting the ban should continue till the voting is over. They clarified that the film can’t be termed as just a biopic. It is a movie that eulogizes a political representative.
On 17 April, the EC officials watched the biopic in a special screening on the direction of apex court.