Vivek Oberoi is hoping for a quick resolution to the ban of his latest film ‘PM Narendra Modi’, after allegedly receiving positive feedback from the Election Commission (EC).
The film was screened for the EC as per the orders of the Supreme Court. The members of the EC are now required to submit their views on whether they still believe that the film “has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections and should not be displayed in the electronic media” or if the release ban should be lifted.
Oberoi seems optimistic about the verdict, sharing with DNA that, “Election Commission officials have watched the movie on Wednesday. In a way, the movie was premiered at the EIC office yesterday. The first thing we asked the officials was how did they find the movie? However, I can not reveal their answer as it is the constitutional body and we ought to respect it. Though the officials’ answer made us happy. Now I just pray that they let us release the movie.”
Addressing the voter manipulation concerns of the EC, Oberoi said, “If that’s the case then voters can be influenced by advertisements, political opinion and special comments in editorial columns.”, adding that, “We have been reiterating that there is no political agenda. Had that been the case, I would have accepted the ticket for a member of parliament. I was offered the tickets five times but I declined as I am a filmmaker and this is not my work.”
“I have been reiterating that neither the movie nor me are related to the BJP. There is no intention and financial funding involved in the movie,” Oberoi emphasized, “The entire team is sad and stricken. We had a lot of hopes. It took one and a half years to make the film and we were excited. However, when the movie is stalled just a day before the release does make the entire team sad.”