Controversial Modi biopic lingers with CBFC, likely to hit theaters on April 12

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PM Narendra Modi biopic starring Vivek Oberoi as Modi has missed the April 5 release date, due to non-clearance of the film from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Earlier, despite criticism from several quarters, the Election Commission had declined to impose a ban on the release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’ biopic and rather referred it to the CBFC. The EC had said that the CBFC is the competent authority to decide on the matter.

However, it seems it would be difficult for the makers of the film to release the film on April 12 also, as a Special Leave Petition (SLP) has been filed in the Supreme Court on wednesday challenging the Bombay High Court’s recent order in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking stay on the release of the film. The SLP challenges the Bombay HC order of April 1 which had disposed off the PIL filed to stay the film’s release. The SLP has sought a stay on the release of the movie owing to the upcoming elections.

While the movie has been in the thick of controversies due to its timing and content, it’s main lead Vivek Oberoi feels that it’s not a propaganda film. “It is just a coincidence that the film is releasing ahead of the election. It is not a propaganda film. I am an individual who has a credible body of work over the last 18 years, more than 45 films and more than 26-27 awards. So I stand my ground there. I don’t need to make him appear as a hero. He is a hero to billions of people across the world.”

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