The Election Commission has taken steps to take down the trailer of a biopic on West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee after BJP sought a ban on the release of the film till the Lok Sabha elections were over.
According to the reports from the Cheif Electoral Office of the state, the trailers of "Baghini- Bengal Tigress", will be removed from at least three websites.
The movie was scheduled to release on May 3rd, three days prior to the fifth phase of national elections in which Bengal also votes. The trailer of the film was released on April 13th which stars Ruma Chakraborty as Banerjee.
This issue comes amidst the controversy surrounding the biopic on PM Narendra Modi which was slated to release on April 12th. However, on April 10th, the Election Commission stalled the release of the biopic saying that "any biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography subserving the purposes of any political party or any individual entity connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in electronic media including cinematograph during the operation of MCC".
The EC cited the same order for initiating action on the West Bengal CM's biopic. The movie has been directed by Nehal Dutta and produced by Pinky Paul.
Based on the same order, EC directed Eros Now to immediately take down a web series on PM Narendra Modi and all related contents till further orders on Saturday.
The order said the streaming of five-episode web series, "Modi - Journey of a Common Man", should be "stopped forthwith".
The last of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha election will be held on May 19 and counting will be done on May 23.