The Election Commission in India has stopped the screening of an upcoming Bollywood film, titled PM Narendra Modi. As the title suggests itself, the film is a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The movie has been at the centre of controversy for a couple of weeks now, with several political parties alleging that its release close to the national election violated the model code of conduct. Taking the cognizance of various complaints, the Election Commission has banned the release of the film until the General Elections are over in the country.
Starring Vivek Oberoi in the titular role, PM Narendra Modi was cleared for theatrical release by the Supreme Court earlier this week. However, the Election Commission has intervened saying any political biopics before crucial voting begins, will have to release in May.
“Though the display materials claim to be part of creative content, it is contended that these have propensity and potentiality to affect the level playing field which is not in consonance with the provision of the Model Code of Conduct,” said the Election Commission.
“Any poster or publicity material concerning any such certified content, which either depicts a candidate for the furtherance of electoral prospect, directly or indirectly, shall not be put to display in electronic media in the area where MCC is in operation.” the EC added.
PM Narendra Modi was initially slated to enter theatres on 5th April but was postponed to 11th April. The General Elections in India are scheduled to be held in seven phases starting from 11th April and concluding on 19th May. The votes will be counted on 23rd May.
The biopic is directed by Omung Kumar.