New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to list on April 8 a writ petition filed by Aman Panwar, national media panellist of the Indian National Congress for a direction to stop the release of the movie PM Narendra Modi in 23 different languages across India before the general elections. It was scheduled for release on April 5, but there are reports that the release date has been postponed to April 12.
According to the petitioner, when it was announced in February that a film on Mr Modi would be released, it became inescapably clear in the days that followed that the movie was little more than a propaganda vehicle being timed to release in coordination with the elections. The singular and blatant motive that emerged was clear and the movie was driven by little to no artistic inspiration and was instead designed to manipulate, influence and impress viewers and voters in the upcoming elections, it claimed.
The petitioner said there are several facts, which demonstrated that the movie was not an innocuous work of art, despite the repeated statements of the producers, the director and the lead actor to the contrary.
The petitioner pointed out that the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra released the first poster....