In a move that could spell trouble for the makers of the Modi biopic, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition demanding a stay on the movie. Vivek Oberoi plays the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in it. The court will hear the matter tomorrow.
The petition was filed by advocate and Congress spokesperson Aman Panwar, who was represented by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi. They said the Delhi and Bombay high courts have refused to interfere with the release of the movie. The high courts disposed of similar pleas over the past few days, stating that the Election Commission should take a call on deferring the release of the film.
This movie has been directed by Omung Kumar, who made the national award-winning biopic on boxer Mary Kom and also on Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner who languished in a Pakistani jail for years before being hanged.
The Election Commission is yet to announce its decision on the Modi biopic. The poll body had earlier sent a notice to the makers of the film.
"We are not projecting Modiji as larger than life... He already is larger than life. We are not projecting him as a hero; he already is a hero, not only for me but for crores of people in India and abroad. It's an inspirational story which we brought to the screen," Vivek Oberoi said.
A two-and-a-half minute trailer had over a million views shortly after it emerged online. The film traces the Prime Minister’s journey from his teens to the country's top job.