Election Commission stops film on Modi, but web series plays on

PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi । The Election Commission has stopped Bollywood biopic “PM Narendra Modi” from releasing on April 11, when the Lok Sabha election begins. But at the same time a web series on the Prime Minister has been playing on released just over a week ahead of the polls.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking a stay on the film’s release over concerns it may tilt the balance during the elections, and put the ball in the EC’s court. And the poll panel ruled that any material which disturbs a level playing field should not be displayed, stalling the film’s release until the elections end.

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Director of the Film “PM Narendra Modi” is Omung Kumar  and Vivek Anand Oberoi is in lead role as Modi. The film, granted a ‘U’ certificate for unrestricted exhibition by the Censor Board, narrates the story of Modi from his humble beginnings to becoming the Prime Minister.

The trajectory of Eros Now’s Original Series “Modi: Journey Of A Common Man”, helmed by “OMG – Oh My God!” famed director Umesh Shukla, is also similar.

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It quietly made its way to the OTT space, but there has hardly been any brouhaha over its content or timing, save its mention in a letter penned by 66 ex-bureaucrats to President Ram Nath Kovind raising questions on how the EC did nothing besides seeking more details on the series.

Five episodes out of 10 went live on April 3, just over a week before the first phase of polling begins. It tells the story of Modi’s life from when he was all of 12, and traverses through his youth to becoming the Prime Minister.

Defending the timing of the show’s release, director Umesh Shukla said, “It was not planned this way. It is a coincidence. I was working on it since 11 to 12 months. It could have come out one month earlier as well, but it got delayed owing to some technical glitches.