New Delhi, April 1: The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking a stay on the release of the film “PM Narendra Modi”.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani dismissed the plea filed by advocate Sujeet Kumar Singh.
Starring Vivek Oberoi in the lead, the PIL sought to stay the film’s release, questioning the timing of its release and said if it was released as per schedule, it was likely to earn a lot more electoral mileage for Modi.
The petitioner said that such a film about a politician, who himself is going to contest the upcoming general elections, will definitely provide an undue benefit and leverage to his poll prospects.
He added that it would negatively impact the opposition candidates.
“Small and regional parties will simply not be able to meet these kind of challenges or commission films that are similarly grand and released simultaneously in so many theatres,” the petition read.
It also argued that the release date is in violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The MCC, a set of guidelines for political parties and candidates, kicks in from the day of the release of election schedule and remains in force till the end of the electoral process.
The film is slated to hit the theatres on 5 April, 6 days ahead of the first phase of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, beginning on 11 April.
“PM Narendra Modi” is being helmed by National Award-winning filmmaker Omung Kumar.
The film will traverse the journey of Modi from his beginnings to his years as Chief Minister onto his landmark win at the 2014 General Election and being nominated as Prime Minister. The shooting for the biopic commenced on 28 January in Modi’s home state of Gujarat.
Apart from Oberoi, the film also stars Boman Irani, Darshan Kumaar, Zarina Wahab, Manoj Joshi, Prashant Narayanan, Barkha Bisht Sengupta, Akshat R Saluja, Anjan Shrivastav, Rajendra Gupta and Yatin Karyekar in pivotal roles.