EC bans release of PM Modi biopic

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 15:21 hrs
Modi biopic

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday banned the release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was scheduled to release on April 11, the same day when the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections begin.

In its order, the EC said, "any biopic material in nature of biography sub serving the purpose of any political entity or any individual entity connected to it, which has potential to disturb level playing field during the election, should not be displayed in Electronic media including cinematograph.

It is also to be noted that the Supreme Court on Wednesday had dismissed a petition seeking stay on the film's release, saying the Election Commission would be an "appropriate" place to seek the redressal.

The apex court also stated that it was not entertaining the petition for the stay on the release of the film as it was "premature" since the movie had not been certified by the Censor Board.

The film, titled "PM Narendra Modi" and directed by 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.