New Delhi, April 10: The Election Commission of India on Wednesday blocked the release of film titled ‘PM Narendra Modi’, a biopic on the Prime Minister till the completion of Lok Sabha elections.
The film – scheduled for release tomorrow (April 11), coinciding with the start of the Lok Sabha polls – “disturbs the level-playing field”, the election body said.
The commission said that any such “biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political entity or individual connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in the electronic media including cinematograph during the operation of MCC”.
The commission also said that any complaints on this matter will be examined by a panel headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge.
The film which is helmed by National Award-winning filmmaker Omung Kumar has been criticised by the opposition parties, who claim that the biopic could give undue advantage to the BJP in the polls as it will arrive in theatres before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, on Tuesday the film was granted an ‘unrestricted’ (U) certificate for the release by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The CBFC certificate for “PM Narendra Modi” came on the same day as the Supreme Court’s dismissal of a plea seeking a stay on the film’s release.
The court had said the Election Commission is the appropriate authority to address the petitioner’s concerns on whether the film should be released in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as it may tilt the balance or benefit a particular political party.
The film, which stars Vivek Oberoi in the lead narrates the journey of Modi from his beginnings to his years as Chief Minister onto his landmark win at the 2014 General Election and becoming the Prime Minister of India.