NewDelhi, Apr 4: Amid a controversy surrounding it, the release of Omung Kumar’s ‘PMNarendra Modi’, the biopic on the life of the Prime Minister, has beenpostponed to April 12, trade sources said on Thursday.
The postponement of the film came even as the Supreme Court on Thursday decidedto hear a plea seeking deferment of public screening of ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ biopic on April 8. The Vivek Anand Oberoi-starrer was earlier tohit the theatres on April 5.
The film ran into controversies after the Congress and other opposition partiesapproached the Election commission alleging that the release of the film duringthe election period amounted to a violation of the model code of conduct, thatkicked in on March 12, a month before India goes to polls. The first phaseof the Lok Sabha elections in India kickstarts on April 11. The Oppositionraised objections to the release of PM Narendra Modi on April 5, a week beforethe elections. Congress spokesperson Aman Panwar filed a petition and mentionedthe matter before the bench of the top court.
Panwarhad knocked the doors of the top court seeking immediate intervention and adirection to ensure that the film is not released during general election. Senioradvocate Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the petitioner, Panwar,submitted to the court bench that the release of the biopic Hindi film willdisturb level playing field and ruling party will be benefitted in the polls.
Directedby Omung Kumar, the movie traces Narendra Modi’s evolution through variousphases of his life, including his enrollment in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS), his long stint as Chief Minister of Gujarat, and his elevation to anational role in 2014. (UNI)