Starring Vivek Oberoi in the lead, the PIL sought to stay the film’s release, questioning the timing of its release and claimed if this was released in accordance with schedule, it had been most likely to earn much more electoral mileage for Modi. It also argued that the release date is in violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The MCC, a pair of guidelines for with political affiliations parties and candidates, kicks in from the day of the release of election schedule and remains in force until the end of the electoral process.
The Delhi chief electoral officer earlier issued a notice to the four producers of the film, and sought their comments on whether it is possible to delay the release of the film.
On 20 March, East Delhi Returning Officer K Mahesh had suo motu issued notices to the production house and music company behind the film and two major news-papers for publishing advertisements of the movie in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
The movie is slated to hit the theatres on 5 April, 6 days ahead of the first phase of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, starting on 11 April.
The biopic has been directed by director Omung Kumar. On 7 January, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis launched the official poster of the movie in 23 languages in Mumbai.
The film will traverse the journey of Modi from a young age, his years as chief minister and his election as the prime minister. The shooting for the biopic commenced on 28 January in Modi’s home state of Gujarat.
Aside from Oberoi, the movie also stars Boman Irani, Darshan Kumaar, Zarina Wahab, Manoj Joshi, Prashant Narayanan, Barkha Bisht Sengupta, Akshat R Saluja, Anjan Shrivastav, Rajendra Gupta and Yatin Karyekar in pivotal roles.