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18/04/2019 3:30 PM IST

Vivek Oberoi 'Happy' With EC Decision On Modi Movie, But Won't Say What They Decided

The actor says he spoke to EC officials who saw the biopic, 'PM Narendra Modi', under the Supreme Court's direction.

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Actor Vivek Oberoi on Thursday said he was happy with what Election Commission officials had told him after watching the biopic PM Narendra Modi.

“Everybody in the EC saw the film yesterday. We asked them, how did you like the film? Can’t tell you their response but we were happy with their answer. Only request is that film should be allowed to release,” Oberoi told reporters on Thursday.

The second phase of the Lok Sabha elections are underway and the EC had on 10 April stalled the film’s release until all the phases of the polls end.

The Supreme Court had on Monday directed the EC to watch the full biopic and take an informed decision on banning its pan-India release.

Officials of the Election Commission, drawn from its model code and legal divisions, had on Wednesday watched the biopic on the directions of the Supreme Court.

The EC had asked the producers of the film to arrange for a screening for its committee.

The EC will now take a considered view on whether the ban should continue and submit its decision to the Supreme Court by 19 April in a sealed cover.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna will hear the matter on 22 April.

The EC had on 10 April said that any such film that subserves the purpose of any political entity or individual should not be displayed in electronic media.

Acting on the complaints of political parties, including the Congress, the poll panel had asserted that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level-playing field should not be displayed in areas where the model code of conduct was in force.