Slated to be released on the 5th of April, the Election Commission said it did not have any problem with the biopic on PM Modi hitting theatres days before the first phase of the general elections.
Directed by Omung Kumar and starring Vivek Oberoi, the biopic has been seen as propaganda by members of the opposition.
“Why is the opposition afraid, what are they afraid of? I think they fear chowkidar ka danda,” Oberoi told Asian News International.
Regarding the criticism, Vivek said, “Such big lawyers like Abhishek Manu Singhvi are wasting so much of time on a small film. We are filmmakers, we are not used to these courts and like you have Freedom of Expression, we as filmmakers have the freedom to make films on any subject and release anytime.”
When asked about the movie, Vivek said, “It is the story of a ‘chaiwala’ who became the Prime Minister of India. It is an inspiring story that needs to be told. I did the film because PM Narendra Modi inspires me.”
In the petition to the Election Commission demanding the biopic’s release be postponed to after the General Elections, members of the congress party reminded the officials concerned, that any material that would serve as a political advertisement is banned during the weeks leading up to an election.