NEW DELHI: The
(CBFC) has okayed unrestricted public exhibition of PM Narendra Modi’s eponymous biopic, clearing the way for its April 11 release
CBFC sources said the film was granted a ‘U’ certificate on Tuesday and it will now be up to the producers to ensure it is made available at theaters in time for its scheduled release. Sources also said the board made no “extraordinary” attempt to promote or stop the film. “The CBFC did what it was mandated to. It certified the film after due process, “a source said.
Omang Kumar’s ‘PM Narendra Modi’, sources said that the director was asked about four-five “minor” modifications to the film, which is about to release the film before release.
The film has become politically controversial with the opposition’s objection to its release during electioneering on the ground that it was meant to affect voters. The backers of the film argued that a filmmaker’s choice of the theme or plot on which to base his project was protected by his right to free speech.
The Supreme Court had refused to block the release of the biopic, while the Election Commission said the matter fell squarely within the CBFC’s purview.
The poll watchdog on Tuesday wrote to the CBFC asking whether it had been certified as the film in which
, an unabashed Modi partisan, plays the lead role Any further action by the EC will follow
In a statement on Tuesday, producer Omang Kumar welcomed the CBFC clearance. “The team and I were convinced It’s a piece of cinema and not propaganda and now the censor board has validated what we’ve been saying all along, “he said.
The film narrates Modi’s story, his humble beginnings and the journey to be PM The cleared film has a run time of 130 minutes, 53 seconds.
Congress’s spokesman Aman Panwar seeking stay on the release of the biopic and said it is for the EC to decide whether the film’s release is for campaigning in the level playing field. the general elections
A bench headed by CJI
said since the CBFC had not given permission for public screening of the movie, the petition was premature for adjudication. “It is the business of the CBFC to grant or reject certification to a film. Whether the movie tilts the balance in favor of BJP or not can be decided by the EC, “it said.