PM Narendra Modi, a biopic on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will not hit the screens soon. The producer of the movie, Sandip Singh announced on Thursday via Twitter that “This is to confirm, our film ‘PM Narendra Modi’ is not releasing on 5th April. Will update soon.” The movie, directed by Omung Kumar with Vivek Oberoi in the lead role, tracks the life of PM Narendra Modi from his childhood to him becoming the Prime Minister of India.
The film has been under controversy since it was announced in January this year. It also received flak from various political quarters that its release is intended to politically influence the country. Several political parties asked to delay the release of the film as they claim it violated the model code of conduct.
At the same time, Prasoon Joshi, chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said that the film is undergoing due process of examination and certification. “Since there are a lot of queries around the certification of the film, I would like to give a clear picture: the film is going through the due process of examination and certification according to the requisite guidelines and is yet to be certified as the process is not complete at this point,” Joshi said, according to the PTI reports.
The Congress made a formal complaint to the Election Commission over the release of the film. Meanwhile, the Election Commission said it will take a final call on Friday on the release of the film. Even actor Vivek Oberoi, who played PM Modi in the film, had to appear before the Election Commission in connection with a complaint filed by the Congress. “Everyone has a constitutional right to make a film they believe in, to release it when they choose to release it, and the viewers have a right to watch it, consume it, enjoy it. Does somebody ask an actor why they release their films on Eid or Christmas or Diwali ?”, the actor responded in an interview done by a TV channel.
The movie makers are now aiming to release it on April 11, when the first phase of voting for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will begin. However, the Supreme Court also has agreed to hear a fresh petition on April 8 seeking to defer the release of the film.
With Lok Sabha elections around the corner, the release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’ has generated a tight debate among the political parties and social media.