Censor Board Chief On Delay In Release: PM Biopic "Yet To Be Certified"

Censor Board Chief On Delay In Release: PM Biopic "Yet To Be Certified"

Censor Board Chief On Delay In Release: PM Biopic "Yet To Be Certified" 

New Delhi: The release of biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi starring Vivek Oberoi has been postponed amid a raging row. The movie is yet to be "certified" and is going through the process of "examination," said the chief of the censor board. The timing of the movie was questioned by the parties of the opposition, alleging it was a violation of the poll code.

Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi said, "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."

The biopic's producer had confirmed that the release has been pushed indefinitely. "This is to confirm that our film 'PM Narendra Modi' is not releasing on 5th April. Will update soon," read a tweet by Sandip Singh soon after the Supreme Court fixed April 8 as the date for further hearing a Congress leader's petition against the movie launch at this crucial time.

Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh and Bombay high courts had both refused to stay the movie's release.

Recently, Vivek Oberoi the actor who plays the role of  "PM Narendra Modi", took pot-shots at the Congress recently and its leaders were scared of the chowkidar's danda (watchman's baton). The actor said that the film's release violates the code of conduct for the election that begins next week, by glorifying PM Modi.

"It is a bogus film of a flop hero, a flop producer and is made on a flop person who has proved to be a zero," Mr Surjewala was quoted by news agency PTI as saying in response to Vivek Oberoi's jab.

The BJP's nemesis Congress had filed a complaint against the film with the Election Commission, alleging its release close to the national election violates the model code of conduct. Last week, Vivek Oberoi appeared before the poll body in response to a notice it served.

The biopic, "PM Narendra Modi" helmed by Omung Kumar has generated much interest. A two-and-half minute trailer had over a million views shortly after it emerged online. The film traces the PM's journey from his teens to the country's top job.