The Election Commission has stalled the release of PM Narendra Modi biopic on Wednesday. The film was scheduled to release on April 11, 2019, on the day the Phase I of the Lok Sabha elections will be held.
The Election Commission, mentioning the complaints against 'cinemas' such as 'PM Narendra Modi', 'NTR Laxmi' and ''Udyama Simham'' has ordered that any biopic which subserves any political party or individual connected to it and intends to or has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections should not be displayed through electronic media including cinematograph during the operation of the Model Code of Conduct.
The EC said that the it contends that the films' content has propensity and potentiality to affect level playing field which is not in consonance with the provisions of MCC".
The poll body also says that it is in "the larger interest of ensuring the level field and conduct of free and fair election that such political content ought to be regulated during the election period to prevent violation of Model Code of Conduct."
Earlier on Wednesday, the film had received a 'Universal' certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The film, titled "PM Narendra Modi" and directed by Omung Kumar, had been criticised by the opposition parties, who claim that the biopic could give undue advantage to the BJP in the polls as it will arrive in theatres before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
"We are very happy that we got the 'U' certificate from the Censor Board, and finally the film will be releasing on April 11. We are also very relieved that the Supreme Court has rejected the plea... It is clear now from everywhere," producer Sandeep Singh said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition filed by a Congress activist seeking stay on the film's release, saying the Election Commission would be an "appropriate" place to seek the redressal.