Anupam Kher’s The Accidental Prime Minister is just three days away from its release and today, January 8, a Delhi-based fashion designer filed a Public Interest Litigation against the film. The PIL, filed by Pooja Mahajan, a Delhi-based fashion designer through her counsel Arun Maitri, said the film will harm the image of the Constitutional post such as Prime Minister and will give it a bad name nationally and internationally.
On Monday, a single judge bench disposed off the plea saying it should be refiled at a public suit. The plea said the trailer violated Section 416 of the Indian Penal Code as the impersonation of a living character or living persons is not permissible in law.
Advocate Maitri said the film’s producers have not taken any consent from Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi to perform essaying their characters or perform their political life or to dress up in the same way as they have been doing in their normal life or to copy their voice in any manner.
As per the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), guidelines on films based on real-life characters, a ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC) is required. But for the trailer, no such NOC was obtained, the petitioner said. In the plea, Mahajan has requested the court to issue direction to the Centre, Google, YouTube and CBFC to take steps to stop the exhibition and display of the trailer. Mahajan has also requested to quash the CBFC’s certificate given to the film.
Earlier this month, the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister went missing on YouTube as well. The film is based on a book by Sanjaya Baru with the same title. Sanjay was the former media advisor of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
In the film, Anupam Kher will be playing the role of Dr Manmohan Singh and Akshay Khanna will be essaying Baru’s character. Amidst all the obstacles, the film is slated to release on Friday, January 11.
(With inputs from IANS)