EC TO SC: MODI BIOPIC WILL TILT BALANCE | 27 April, 2019

The Election Commission has finalis­ed its view on the Modi biopic, PM Naren­dra Modi, after watching the film on 17th April and holding discussions with the producers.The EC, in its order given to the Supreme Court, reiterated its decision to ban the release and said that the con­tent and dramatisation of the character was such that its screening before the elections got over on May 19 “will tilt the electoral balance of the particular political party”.

The film’s synopsis ends with the com­ment ‘India is Modi and Modi is India’. The EC said, “More than biography, it is hagio­graphy. There are several scenes depicting a major opposition party as corrupt and showing them in poor light. The bio­pic produces a political environment where an individual acquired cult status. The construct of this 135-minute movie is unabashedly unidimensional, which puts an indivi­dual on a higher pedestal through use of specific symbols, slogans and scenes. It ends up eulogising an individual, giving him a saintly status. The movie projects a public representative and political leader as the saviour of the ills of society and the nation consistently.”

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