The Boman Irani and Vivek Oberoi starring biopic based on the life of Narendra Modi has landed in controversy due to its release date.
Releasing on April 12, just one day after the first phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections begins on April 11, the is being termed as election propaganda by the opposition.
Raising concerns over the biopic attempting to campaign for BJP during the ‘election silence’ period whereby parties can’t do anything that can affect a voter’s decision to vote from two days prior to the voting, the Goa Congress Student Wing, NSUI’s President said the following in a letter.
“The NSUI Goa writes to you demanding: ban of the movie in theatres in states during the ‘election silence’ period that is two days prior to the day of voting and ban of the movie in the Lok Sabha Constituency where the Prime Minister would be contesting.”
“The NSUI Goa strongly believes that a movie on the BJP Prime Minister, who has failed miserably, is nothing but a propaganda by the BJP to influence the public during the model code of conduct without including the expenditure incurred for the movie in the election expenditure of Narendra Modi who will be contesting as a Member of Parliament,” he added.
This movie coming up at the exact time of the elections raises some very important concerns for the Election Commission with parties trying various tactics to circumvent the ban during the election period. If not handled quickly, it might become a standard to see politically motivated and funded films being pushed close to elections to influence the voter’s mind.