SC to consider PM biopic row today; ECI against the release of the movie

SC to consider PM biopic row today; ECI against the release of the movie

Agency News

New Delhi, Apr 25: As the Election Commission stuck to its stand on deferring Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic, ‘PM Narendra Modi’ till the Lok Sabha polls are over, the Supreme Court will take up the matter on Friday.

According to sources, the Commission in its reply to the apex court, stated that the release of the movie during poll time will disturb the level playing field and violate the Model Code of Conduct. “The movie is not mere a biopic, but it is a ‘hagiography”, the Commission said and added that its ‘release will tilt the balance in favour of a particular political party”.

On April 15, the Supreme Court had directed the Commission to review the biopic and give their opinion in a sealed cover, after hearing the four producers, who in their plea, opposed Commission’s decision to defer the movie’s release.

While the producers had announced that the movie would be released on April 11, which coincided with the first phase of Lok Sabha poll, the Commission stalled the release on April 10, citing violation of MCC.
As per the apex court order, senior officials in the Commission had watched the movie on April 17 and submitted their report.

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi is featured as Mr Modi in the movie originally planned to be released on April 5. However, when the opposition pointed out that its release during polls is violation of MCC, the Commission stalled the movie's release till the polls are over.