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In a major relief to the makers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's biopic, the Bombay High Court on Monday has rejected the PIL that sought the stay on the film's release, pertaining to its timing.
The petitioner, Satish Gaikwad, a resident of Pune, has argued in his plea filed before the High Court on Tuesday that the release of the film titled 'PM Narendra Modi Ssingh' before the General Elections will be a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The stay on the release of the film is a necessity for a "transparent election", the petitioner reportedly, said in his plea.
Earlier, Congress had also requested the EC to hold the release of the biopic. The National Students' Union Commission- Goa, the Congress party's student wing, urged the EC to impose a ban on the release of the biopic, alleging the movie to be a 'propaganda' by the BJP to influence the voters in the race up to the General Elections. However, the makers of the film have strongly refuted such claims saying that the film has nothing to do with politics and focuses as PM Modi as an individual.
Following the demands of the Opposition, the Election Commission has decided to put a hold on the film until the conclusion of the Lok Sabha elections, to which the makers of the film have rebutted, calling it a violation of 'freedom of speech' and 'expression' as per reports.
The biopic is directed by Omung Kumar, who has previously helmed some critically acclaimed biopic films including 'Mary Kom' and 'Sarbjit'. It will be produced by Suresh Oberoi and Sandip SSingh under the banner of Legend Global Studio and is all set to hit the theatres on April 5, 2019.
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