PM Modi’s development agenda based movie ‘Modi Ka Gaon’ which stuck from last 8 years has finally cleared all hurdles for release.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) informed the producer, Suresh K. Jha, on Wedneday that the film has been approved and ‘sealed’ prior to the certificate, paving the way for its exhibition.
“This is a major victory for us. All the objectionable points raised by the CBFC have been crushed by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). Now we plan for it to hit the screens all over India by mid-December,” an elated Jha told.
Last February, then CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani had refused to certify the film on various grounds and asked Jha to get a NOC from the PMO and Election Commission of India before it could get a censor certificate.
Nihalani’s reluctance stemmed from the ongoing assembly elections in some states at that time, the resemblance of the main character to Modi, references to Pakistan’s Uri attacks, news-speeches related to the Prime Minister and a character named ‘Pappu’ Bihari featuring in the film. Unfazed by the unprecedented demands, Jha wrote to the PMO seeking the NOC to comply with the CBFC requirements, but there was no response. Finally, he moved the FCAT challenging the CBFC order. The Tribunal viewed the film in July before delivering its detailed verdict last month.
In its October 12 order, the FCAT said that there are ano statutory basis or justifiable requirements for getting NOC from PMO and ECI. “The requirement to obtain NOC from the PMO, since either references are made to the PM or a character is portrayed as the PM, have no legal basis or foundation,” the FCAT said.
“Although it is not a biopic on Modi, throughout our film, we represent the working of our PM, his dream of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Smart India and Digital India,” Jha explained. On the Modi look-alike, he said when the film is about Modi’s development agenda and vision of transforming India, how can it be portrayed with somebody else who does not resemble him.
The film has been shot last year extensively on locales in Mumbai, Patna and Darbhanga, detailing the Prime Minister’s aim of transforming all rural and urban centres into Smart Villages and Smart Cities.
Mumbai businessman and Modi-lookalike Vikas Mahante is essaying the role of Modi. Television actors Chandramani M. and Zeba A. will play the other important roles in the medium budget movie.