New Delhi, April 12: The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a petition filed by producers of biopic ‘PM Narendra Modi’ against the ban imposed by the Election Commission.
The court on Friday agreed to hear the matter on April 15, after the producers submitted the plea raising issues related to fundamental rights of freedom of speech and expression.
The filmmakers’ petition came after the apex court on Thursday in judgment had come down heavily on the West Bengal government for imposing a shadow ban on a Bangla film “Bhobishyoter Bhoot” based on political satire and imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh on the state government.
Earlier, imposing the ban on Modi biopic till the completion of Lok Sabha elections, the Election commission had 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”.
Helmed by National Award-winning filmmaker Omung Kumar, the film has been criticised by the opposition parties, who claimed 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.
Starring Vivek Oberoi in the lead, ‘PM Narendra Modi’ 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.