In a last-minute decision by the Election Commission in India, the troubled movie ‘PM Narendra Modi’ has been banned from release this week until the Lok Sabha elections process is over.
The film starring Vivek Oberoi, was cleared for release by the Supreme Court this week and was certified by the CBFC. However, the Election Commission has intervened saying any political biopics before crucial voting begins, will have to release in May. The films ‘PM Narendra Modi’, ‘NTR Laxmi’ and ‘Udyama Simham’ will no longer release this week.
The Election Commission told Mumbai Mirror, “Though the display materials claim to be part of a 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.”
“Any poster or publicity material concerning any such certified content, which either depicts a candidate (including prospective) for the furtherance (or purported to further) 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 set for release on 4th April but was postponed until 11th April.
The General Elections (Lok Sabha) in India are held in seven phases starting from 11th April and concluding on 19th May. The votes will be counted on 23rd May.