Plaint against PM Narendra Modi biopic in Karnataka EC

Plaint against PM Narendra Modi biopic in Karnataka EC

A still from the film

As the biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, starring Vivek Oberoi, nears release just weeks before the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls, a complaint has been registered against it in the Karnataka Election Commission, questioning the timing of the film's release.

The complaint, filed by the KPCC members A N Nataraj Gowda, S A Ahmed and Surya Mukundaraj under Article 324 of the Indian Constitution, quotes several media outlets, particularly on the burning of a train coach which was used to stage the Godhra train burning, the subsequent trailer release and the change of the release date, to question the timing of the film as it falls in the middle of the model code of conduct.

The complaint also alleges that the trailer glorifies the use of arms and violence as "un-condonable" as the film is named after the Prime Minister, who is also contesting in the elections. It asks that the EC to view the biopic and then allow registered parties to do the same in order to file any objection to the release in view of conducting free and fair elections.