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SC Upholds Ban on PM Narendra Modi Biopic, Film Won't Release Before May 19

SC Upholds Ban on PM Narendra Modi Biopic, Film Won't Release Before May 19

The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with the Election Commission's order banning the release of the biopic.

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  • Last Updated: April 26, 2019, 11:22 AM IST
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The Supreme Court has upheld the ban on the release of PM Narendra Modi, the biopic on the prime minister that was slated to release earlier this month. The apex court has said that the film won't release before May 19, declining to lift the stay.

The SC has refused to interfere with the Election Commission's order banning the release of the biopic. But producers of the film have told the court that EC's order is contrary to clearance given by the Central Board of Film Certification, according to PTI.

The Supreme Court has taken a call on the petition put forth by the filmmakers, challenging the order of the EC to stall the movie, after examining a report submitted by the EC.

In its report to the Supreme Court, the Election Commission has described the biopic as a "hagiography" that may disturb the level-playing field if it is released during elections.

Favouring a ban on the movie till voting is over, the commission has emphasised that the Vivek Oberoi-starrer can't be termed as just a biopic but it is a movie that "eulogises a political representative".

The EC added that the release of the movie before May 19 is likely to tilt the balance in favour a political party (BJP), while disturbing the level-playing field. It also pointed out that the movie has shown opposition parties (Congress and others) in a "poor light" and hence the movie should not be allowed to release until voting are over.

With inputs from PTI.

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