Bombay High Court has dismissed the plea filed by the Pune based Congress seeking a stay on the release of the biopic of ‘PM Narendra Modi’. The Court said that it is up to Election Commission to see if the release of ‘PM Narendra Modi’ is the violation of the moral code of conduct or not.
The high court bench of Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna also said that they can’t entertain the petition as the film has not been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification.
Encouraged by the clearance of the film, producer Sandip Ssingh, said in a statement, “We are very happy that we got the ‘U’ certificate from the Censor Board, and finally the film will be releasing on April 11. We are also very relieved that the Supreme Court has rejected the plea. It is clear now from everywhere. I hope no political party across India has any problem, because the Election Commission, the CBFC, and all the courts have cleared all the pleas, and our film is ready for release. We are grateful to each and everyone who has prayed for us.”
The co-producer of the film Anand Pandit called the clearance from the censor board, a victory of freedom of expression. He said, “Finally freedom of expression has been upheld. Justice has been served. Our final hurdle has also been crossed. Now I just want audiences to come to theaters and sit back and enjoy the story of one of India’s most inspiring leaders. Jai Hind.”
The film was earlier scheduled to release on April 5 but later postponed for one week. With Vivek Anand Oberoi in the titular role, the film stars Boman Irani, Barkha Bisht, Darshan Kumar, Zarina Wahab, Manoj Joshi, and others.