In recent times, the Vivek Oberoi-starrer PM Narendra Modi, a biopic on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has found itself in a number of controversies. Recently, there was a plea against its release citing the upcoming Indian elections and its possible impact on the masses. However, the makers can now be at peace for The Delhi High Court on Monday, dismissed a plea seeking a stay on the release of the film.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani dismissed the plea filed by advocate Sujeet Kumar Singh, reported IANS. The film is scheduled to release this week on April 4 in the UAE. The plea sought a direction from the Election Commission of India to act against the violation of the Model Code of Conduct by the filmmakers. It also sought the postponement of the movie's release till the declaration of the results of the Lok Sabha polls.
The petitioner said that such a film about a politician, who himself is going to contest the upcoming general elections, will definitely provide an undue benefit and leverage to his poll prospects. He added that it would negatively impact the opposition candidates.
"Small and regional parties will simply not be able to meet these kind of challenges or commission films that are similarly grand and released simultaneously in so many theatres," the petition read.
However, the judges believed otherwise and dismissed the petition to pave way for the release of the film.
PM Narendra Modi was supposed to release on April 12 but was unusually pre-poned to a week earlier. The film’s trailer was received badly and it gave rise to a meme-fest. The title role is played by Vivek Oberoi, a self-confessed Narendra Modi fan. But the actor was trolled majorly for his looks and performance in the trailer.
Will the film match up to the hype? Will it resurrect Vivek Oberoi’s career remains to be seen.
Watch the trailer here: