The biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not open in theatres this Friday, April 5.
According to reports, the apex court has agreed to hear a fresh petition seeking to defer the release of the film.
Meanwhile, Hitesh Jain, the lawyer of the makers of ‘PM Narendra Modi’ told to a news agency that the censor certification is yet to come through and is currently in process.
Supreme Court agrees to hear on April 8, a fresh petition seeking direction to defer the release of the biopic 'PM Narendra Modi'. pic.twitter.com/Ayl0V3hlIF
— ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2019
So, now the makers are eyeing a release on April 12, which was its original release date. The release date has been postponed amid a raging controversy over alleged election rule violations, with its producer Sandip Ssingh announcing on his social media handle that the biopic won’t hit the screens this Friday. A tweet posted by the filmmaker reads, “This is to confirm that our film ‘PM Narendra Modi’ is not releasing on 5th April. Will update soon.” No additional information was provided on this matter!
This is to confirm, our film 'PM Narendra Modi' is not releasing on 5th April. Will update soon.
— Sandip Ssingh (@sandip_Ssingh) April 4, 2019
CBFC on "PM Narendra Modi" film: There's queries around the film's certification, we'd like to give a clear picture. The film is going through due process of examination&certification according to requisite guidelines&is yet to be certified as process isn't complete at this point pic.twitter.com/uZTUOACj03
— ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2019
Another tweet came by Omung Kumar, who has helmed the film, but that also didn’t help clear the air either. “Suspense! The film isn’t releasing tomorrow on 5th April. But it will be done soon, you’ll get to know. We don’t want to tell you the date now. Oppositions had come forward, tried things. It’s late but we know what date to release it on,” he tweeted. It seems, the biopic has given him sleepless nights, not just because of several controversies the film has courted one after another, but for making a movie on the Prime Minister who is a living power.
‘PM Narendra Modi’ has come under a cloud with oppositions PIL one after another. The petitioner had claimed that if the biopic of Narendra Modi permitted to release for public viewing before the elections, would violate the model code of conduct imposed by the Election Commission. The plea also questioned the timing of the film and stated if it was released as scheduled, Modi would get electoral mileage. It also added that a politician, who himself is going to contest the upcoming general elections, will definitely provide an extra benefit and leverage to his poll prospective.
For the uninitiated, Vivek Oberoi starrer film was earlier scheduled to be out on 12 April, a day after the completion of the first phase of the General Election on April 11. And it seems the makers are now eyeing to release on the previous date, April 12.