New Delhi, June 8: Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani on Wednesday said filmmakers will need to obtain a no-objection certificate (NoC) from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the movie The Accidental Prime Minister. The movie is based on Manmohan Singh after he sworn in as the prime minister in May 2004.Also Read - Breaking News LIVE Updates Oct 26, 2021: With 12,428 Fresh COVID Cases, India Records Lowest Daily Surge in Nearly 8 Months
Bollywood star Anupam Kher will play the role of Manmohan Singh in the movie which is scheduled to release ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Also Read - Chhattisgarh Local Congress Leaders and Workers Enter Into Ugly Brawl, Ex-Dist President Pushed | Watch
Nihalani has warned that the film’s makers would have to abide by the guideline regarding all films based on real-life characters. “The makers of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, producer Sunil Bohra, would have to get an NoC from Manmohan Singhji, Sonia Gandhiji and all the other real-life politicians who are part of the narrative. This rule applies without fail. There are no exceptions,” Nihalani said. Also Read - Petrol, Diesel Prices Surge to Record-High Levels, Costs 33% More Than Aviation Fuel | Check City-Wise Rates
“And although my current tenure as the CBFC chairperson ends in January 2018 and this film will come up for censorship after that, I am sure the guidelines regarding biopics would remain unchanged.”
He hopes that the film’s team is aware of this. “Anupam Kher was himself the CBFC chairperson not too long so. Ashoke Pandit who considers himself a part of the CBFC, is also a part of the film on Manmohan Singhji. And Hansal Mehta who is writing the film, claims to be a victim of the censorship guidelines every time his film is on release. I can’t imagine how these people cannot be aware of the NoC required for censor clearance of films based on real-life figures,” Nihalani added.
On June 7, the first look of the movie was released and received much appreciation.
The book The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh is written by Sanjaya Baru, who was the media advisor of Manmohan Singh.
Earlier, Nihalani had asked filmmakers of documenatry on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to get a NoC from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The filmmakers had also claimed that the CBFC have asked them to remove references of Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress. Director duo Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s ‘An Insignificant Man’ traces the rise of Kejriwal and the birth of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).