In India, any material that would serve as a political advertisement is banned during the weeks leading up to an election, unless it is approved by the Election Commission.
The movie, in which the prime minister is played by Indian actor Vivek Oberoi, depicts poignant moments throughout Modi’s life, including him selling tea on the railways as a child, his two-year spiritual stint in the Himalayas as a teen and leading the Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide victory at the polls in 2014.
It also features Modi as chief minister of Gujarat, lamenting anti-Muslim violence in which more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in 2002.
“This is no artistic venture. It is a political venture,” said Kapil Sibal, senior Congress Party leader Monday. “The purpose of this film is only political — to get some extra mileage in the election.”
Other parties have also objected to the timing of the biopic’s release, which was recently brought forward by a week A total of 47 former civil servants have written an open letter urging the Election Commission to investigate.
The Delhi Chief Electoral Office said it was awaiting a reply from the movie’s creators. The movie’s producers have not commented publicly.
Source : Nbcnewyork