The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) complaining about an alleged biopic on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee requesting the poll body to review it before release.
“This is to draw your attention to the news in the media that a biopic allegedly of Mamata Banerjee will be released on 3 May 2019, named ‘Baghini’,” the letter addressed to Chief Election Officer (CEO) of West Bengal read.
“BJP requests the ECI and its representatives in West Bengal the CEO to review the said biopic before release, on similar lines that was done by the EC in the case of another biopic depicting Shri Narendra Modi,” the party said in the letter, referring to the biopic called ‘PM Narendra Modi’ featuring Vivek Oberoi in the lead role.
The letter was signed by BJP vice-president in West Bengal Joy Prakash Majumdar.
Directed by Nehal Dutta, ‘Baghini’ (The Tigress) is believed to be a biopic on the Trinamool Congress chief. The main character, named Indira Banerjee, is played by theatre actress Ruma Chakraborty.
In the teaser of the film, the main character, who is dressed exactly like the Bengal Chief Minister, is shown taking up causes and fighting for the rights of the people.
The EC had last week banned the screening of the biopic during the current poll period on the ground that it violates the Model Code of Conduct.
On Monday, the Supreme Court directed EC officials to watch the entire film and decide by 19 April whether to ban the film’s release or not.
EC officials will be watching the movie today. They are required to submit their decision to the court by in a sealed cover. The apex court said it will consider the matter on 22 April.