Mumbai, Eight months after it was denied a censor certificate on various grounds, the producers of the Hindi feature film “Modi Ka Gaon”, loosely inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development agenda, has finally cleared all hurdles for release.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) informed the producer, Suresh K. Jha, on Wednesday 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 media.
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