Hit, average, flop- Bollywood keeps the Indian public entertained with different brands of Indian cinema, however, none collects the windfalls of publicity as a ‘controversial’ movie does. As Indians set out to cast their vote, political parties are slugging it out to ensure they secure a maximum- or for that matter, stop the others from doing so! Many Indian movies have been subject to scrutiny because a group clamored for a ban on them. In order to keep the playing field for Lok Sabha elections leveled, the Election Commission stopped the release of biopic ‘PM Narendra Modi’ just a day before it was scheduled to hit the screens. The opposition has been calling for a ban on the movie in view of Model Code of Conduct (MCC), alleging that it was designed to influence the voters.
“Any poster or publicity material concerning any such certified content, which either depicts a candidate (including prospective) for the furtherance (or purported to further) of electoral prospects, directly or indirectly, shall not be put on display in electronic media in the area where MCC is in force”- EC Order
Slated for release on April 12 citing ‘public demand’, the movie was earlier deferred on grounds of pending certification clearances from the CBFC. Now the question is- what do Indians think of EC’s decision to ban the release of PM Modi’s biopic? Neta app brings you the answer from a survey sampling over 1.2 lac Indians…
As it turns out, a majority (58.1%) of respondents disapprove of EC’s decision while 41.9% favor it. Even though the BJP has distanced itself from the biopic and its makers, it has said that a ban on the movie would infringe on the freedom of expression. Well, as the debate around FOE gathers steam, it’s clear that Indians are also concerned about their freedom of entertainment.
Lights, camera, action- and the Indian political reel rolls over!
What’s your take?