The biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows how he rose to power from his humble childhood. This biopic is enacted by Vivek Oberoi under the direction of Omung Kumar.
Members of opposition parties including Congress objected and complained to the release of the biopic. The EC ordered the producers not to advertise the title of the biopic till further notice. A copy of the order was shared with the Central Board of Film Certification chairman and Secretary, Information and Broadcasting ministry.
On Tuesday, 9th April 2019, the apex court disposed of the petition filed by the Congress activist. This individual had agreed with the ban of the release of biopic by the EC. On Wednesday, 10th April 2019, the poll panel banned the release and screening of the biopic. The reason is because the dates coincided with the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Votes of the total 543 seats would be counted on 23rd May 2019 at the end of the 7-phase polling ending on 19th May 2019. Publishing or screening of any political party or individual on electronic media is prohibited especially during polling time. This is because the screening and information shared can influence the voters.
The top court had allowed the EC to decide on the biopic of PM Narendra Modi’s release. The movie had not yet been certified by the Censor Board. Thus, the top court could not allow the petition wishing the ban on the biopic release. During the evening of 10th April 209, the Censor Board certified the biopic on PM Narendra Modi. Hence, the Congress activist managed to secure the ban on its release from the EC.
On 12th April 2019, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the plea filed by producers of biopic. It was decided that a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi would hear the challenges of the ban.