The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea
seeking a stay on the release of the biopic “PM Narendra Modi”. The opposition
parties have alleged that the release of the film ahead of elections would
violate the Model Code of Conduct. The film has generated widespread debate
with opposition political parties alleging that it is a “propaganda film”.
Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had
sought directions from Election Commission on how it should certify political
films when the Model Code is in effect. The EC had clarified that when MCC is
in force, CBFC should certify political films/films that are political in
nature as per extant provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is
a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting. It is entrusted with the task of regulating the public
exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act 1952.
Meanwhile, the makers of the film “PM Narendra
Modi” has announced that the release of the film has been postponed indefinitely.
The film is yet to receive clearance from CBFC.