A plea was filed in Delhi High Court on Saturday (Jan 5) seeking a ban on the trailer of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, a lawyer said.
“The film producers had no authority to violate the mandate of the Constitution of India which provides respect towards constitutional functionaries,” the petition said.
“It seems filmmakers and producers have made an attempt to make commercial gains. The acts of impersonation have been committed deliberately to defame the office of the Prime Minister to hype the excitement among the prospective viewers,” it added.
The plea filed by Pooja Mahajan alleged that provisions of the Cinematograph Act are being misused and the film producer has released the trailer affecting, harming the image of the office of the prime minister and giving a bad name at the national and international level.
Advocate Maitri, who is helming the petition, has claimed that the trailer has defamed the country on an International level. Commenting on it, he said, “The trailer is implying that some of the most critical and important decision taken by the Congress government on issues like nuclear deal and Kashmir, were unconstitutional. This sends a very bad picture in the international realm.”
He added that as per the disclaimer in the movie’s trailer, it was based on a book written by Sanjay Baru but the “real facts are totally different. In fact, the disclaimer given in the trailer is untrue, false and fake”.
“By performing the character of Manmohan Singh, (ex-PM), Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, the performing actors/ artists have committed offences punishable under sections 416 (cheating by impersonation) of the IPC and therefore, the CBFC could not have given the certificate for screening/ exhibition of the film,” it said.
The petitioner has urged the court to pass an order to ban the trailer of the movie and also issue directions to the Centre, Google, Youtube and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in this regard.
“I think this movie has been made just to create a different impression in minds of people and brainwash them. The trailer itself says ‘this election season’. Stay should be imposed on it,” the petitioner said.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing on Monday (Jan 7) while the movie is scheduled to hit the theatres on January 11.
(With PTI Inputs)