After the Supreme Court refused to interfere with the Election Commission (EC) order banning the release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’, the biopic will now hit the theatres on May 24, after the Lok Sabha Election results are announced, the makers said on Friday.
Less than 24 hours after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) released Prime Minister Narendra Modi biopic with an “unrestricted” (U) certificate, the Election Commission on April 10 banned the screening of the film during the election period when the Model Code of Conduct is in force. Acknowledging that film could affect the level playing field for other candidates and parties, the EC order said such film that “subserves the purpose of any political entity or individual” should not be displayed in the electronic media.
The film, on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fronted by Vivek Oberoi and directed by “Mary Kom” maker Omung Kumar was scheduled for worldwide release on April 11 when the parliamentary polls kicked off.
Poll officials who watched the film opined that there is a high probability that a particular political party will gain electoral mileage if the film is permitted to be released during the ongoing polls.
According to the report, the movie is pivoted around popularising the character of Narendra Modi and also portrays him as a leader with a no-compromise approach.
Producer Sandip Ssingh said: “As a responsible citizen, we respect the law of the country. After a lot of discussions and given the curiosity and excitement about the film, we have decided to release the film immediately after the Lok Sabha Election results (to be announced on May 23).
“We will now release our film on May 24.”
Since the election end on May 19, Ssingh said it will “only have 4 days promotions before its release”.
“I hope now nobody will have any problem with the film and we are hoping for a smooth release,” he added.
The movie showcases the trajectory of PM Modi’s life, from his formative years with the RSS, his chief ministership in Gujarat and how he led his party to a majority victory in 2014 and thereby becoming the Prime Minister of the country.
(With inputs from IANS)