New Delhi, April 15: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Election Commission to watch the film titled ‘PM Narendra Modi’ and take a call accordingly on whether it should be banned or not.
The apex court has asked the poll body to submit its recommendation by April 22 in a sealed cover.
The makers of the film had moved the court after the Election Commission blocked its release last week.
The court agreed to hear the matter after the makers submitted the plea raising issues related to fundamental rights of freedom of speech and expression.
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 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.