MNS demands CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi's resignation for allegedly favouring PM Narendra Modi biopic

FP Staff

Apr 06, 2019 16:10:53 IST

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena(MNS) has demanded the resignation of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairman Prasoon Joshi over allegedly giving preferential treatment to the makers of the upcoming biopic on Narendra Modi.

MNS demands CBFC chief Prasoon Joshis resignation for allegedly favouring PM Narendra Modi biopic

Vivek Oberoi in and as PM Narendra Modi. Image from Twitter

"As per the rule, the producers have to submit the final copy of the film 58 days before the film’s release date. Why was special treatment given to the biopic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi? We condemn the Censor Board which went out of its way only for this film in order to appease the government. Prasoon Joshi should immediately resign from his post for his actions", said Ameya Khopkar, president, MNS film wing, reports The Hindu.

On 4 April, the makers of PM Narendra Modi announced on social media that they had postponed the release date of the movie, while the CBFC said the film was still undergoing due process of examination and certification.

The film, titled PM Narendra Modi and directed by Omung Kumar, has been criticised by the Opposition parties, who claim that the biopic could give undue advantage to the BJP in the polls as it will arrive in theatres before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The seven-phase polls will begin on 11 April, the day the film is scheduled to release.

Vivek Oberoi opened up in an interview with Asian News International and said: "We wanted to release the film on 5 April but some people put us in so many difficulties that we couldn't do it. We are working hard to get the film released on 11 April, we have to go to the Supreme Court on Monday."

(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

Updated Date: Apr 06, 2019 16:11:32 IST

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