PM Narendra Modi Biopic Stalling Plea To Be Heard Today By SC
The EC had put a ban on the release of the biopic during the poll season on Wednesday, 10 April, just a day before it was slated to be released. In its order, the commission commented any such film that subserves purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in the electronic media.
The court on Friday agreed to hear the matter after the producers submitted the plea raising issues related to fundamental rights of freedom of speech and expression.
The Supreme Court will, on Monday, 15 April, hear a petition filed by producers of biopic PM Narendra Modi against the ban imposed by the Election Commission (EC).
The Vivek Oberoi-starrer, which was scheduled to be released on 11 April, had received a 'Universal' certificate by the CBFC merely hours before the EC ban. The plea had sought deferment of the biopic's release till the completion of the coming Lok Sabha polls, alleging that it was designed to "manipulate, influence and impress viewers and voters"
The film, titled PM Narendra Modi and directed by Omuno Kumar, had been facing criticism from the opposition parties, who claimed that the biopic could give undue advantage to the BJP in the polls.