PM Narendra Modi biopic controversy: Vivek Oberoi film likely to release on April 12
New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi's biopic is going through controversial statements by oppositions. The biopic on the life of the Indian Prime Minister has been receiving negative comments but director Omung Kumar remained strong and nothing disturbed him in making the film.
I have blinkers. I don't look at what is happening or what people are saying. It is for producers to look into it. I don't let it bother me. When we took it on, we knew it is a big film and people were going to talk about it, irrespective of whether we release the film during elections or not,'' Omung Kumar said to PTI.
The biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, featuring Vivek Oberoi was scheduled to be released on April 5, ahead of Lok Sabha Elections, but several political parties have complaint that early release of the film will violate model code of conduct. Therefore, the release date has been pushed to April 12, which was its original release date.
PM Modi biopic ran into controversies for allegedly violating the model code of conduct, which kicked in on March 12, a month before India goes to polls. The first phase of the Lok Sabha elections in India will start on April 11. The Opposition raised objections to the release of PM Narendra Modi on April 5, a week before the elections.
On the other hand, the Examining Committee (EC) said that it has no objection to the release of the film. But sources confirmed that it has asked the maker to bring a few changes in the film. Before the EC's verdict, a petition was filed in the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on the release of the film. The Examining Committee has given a go-ahead to PM Narendra Modi and demanded changes in the film.
The director of PM Narendra Modi biopic said the film is an inspiring story for him. "It is the story of a 'chaiwala' who became the Prime Minister of India. It is an inspiring story. It is about inspiring people to do something. I am not looking at votes or anything," he told PTI.
Coming to opposition reaction on the biopic, a Special Leave Petition (SLP) was also filed in the Supreme Court today, challenging the Bombay High Court order and seeking a stay on release of film PM Narendra Modi. The Bombay High Court, on April 2 had disposed off the PIL seeking a stay on the film's release.
Meanwhile, Vivek Oberoi told media, that he did not consider PM Narendra Modi 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," said the actor.