The Election Commission (EC) today (Saturday, April 20) banned Eros Now’s Original Series ‘Modi: Journey of a Common Man’, a web series that chronicles the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Election Commision has directed Eros Now to stop the streaming of the web series and remove all its content till further notice.
The Election Commission issued a notice to Eros Now and wrote, “It was brought to our notice that a web series ‘Modi-Journey of a Common Man’, having 5 episodes is available on your platform. You’re directed to stop forthwith the online streaming & remove all connected content of the series till further orders.”
Modi: The Journey of a Common Man is based PM Narendra Modi’s life. It chronicles the life of PM Modi from childhood to youth and concludes with him taking oath as the Prime Minister of India.
The web series has been written by writer and Censor Board member Mihir Bhuta and Radhika Anand. The series has been directed by Oh My God famed director Umesh Shukla. The series has been shot in rural Gujarat, Siddhpur and Vadnagar, the real locations where Modi grew up. Veteran actor Mahesh Thakur depicts Modi’s journey after his appointment as Gujarat CM. Whereas Ashish Sharma plays a younger version of him.
Earlier, EC had stalled the release of Bollywood biopic PM Narendra Modi from releasing on April 11 and ordered the makers of the movie to not release the movie till Lok Sabha Elections ends.
The producers of the film approached the Supreme Court challenging the EC’s decision on the basis that it violated their fundamental rights. On April 15, upon being told that the EC had issued its order without watching the film, the Court directed the EC to finalise its decision after watching the film. The next hearing at the Supreme Court is slated for April 22, by which time the viewership of the film ought to increase by at least one.
The reason behind the EC’s taking such decisions can also be a result of political parties, who were complaining about the PM Modi biopic, calling it a propaganda film and had also claimed it as a violation of Model Code of Conduct.
The Seven-phase Lok Sabha Elections, which started on April 11, will continue till May19 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23 across the country.