New Delhi: Biopic ‘PM Narendra Modi’ will be released on May 24, a day after the results of Lok Sabha elections are out. The film has been in controversy from the get-go. (Also read: BJP Seeks EC Permission to Air 2 Akshay Kumar Movies on NaMo TV)
Initially, it was supposed to be released on April 5. However, there were multiple complaints to the Election Commission (EC) to stop its release as it could influence voters. However, the Bombay High Court refused to interfere with the release of the biopic on the ground that EC had already issued a notice to the makers of the film over allegations of breach of the model code of conduct.
Then, the Supreme Court heard an urgent plea on the same issue but passed the buck to the EC and left it to the poll body to decide.
Meanwhile, the Censor Board asked for four cuts and the makers did not receive any official communication so the release was postponed again, scheduled to be screened on April 11.
However, on April 10, the EC banned its screening and said, “any biopic that subserves purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in electronic media.”
The producers of the film then moved the Supreme Court which refused to interfere with the EC’s order. The development came a day after the poll body submitted in the apex court that the biopic was a “hagiography” which treats the subject with undue reverence, and its public screening during poll season will “tilt the electoral balance”.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it was not inclined to entertain the application filed by producers of the biopic challenging the EC’s order. “What survives in this now?” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said.
The counsel appearing for film producers told the bench that the EC’s order is contrary to the clearance given to the movie by the Central Board of Film Certification.