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After 11 Months Of Fight With Censor Board, 'Modi Kaka Ka Gaon' Hits Theatres

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| December 29 , 2017 , 15:22 IST

Loosely inspired by the Indian Prime Minister, the feature film titled 'Modi Kaka Ka Gaon' has finally hit the theatres after a long battle with Censor Board. The film was denied certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) nearly 11 months back due to the earlier title 'Modi Ka Gaon'.

After much resistance from the makers, the title of the film was changed which granted it the CBFC certificate in November. The film has finally hit the theatres post an excruciating wait and the filmmakers cannot be more thankful and delighted.

Film's producer Suresh K. Jha has earlier told IANS, "In the first phase, the Hindi film will be released for around 600 screens in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, east Punjab and Uttarakhand. The rest of the country will be covered soon thereafter."

Due to the film's similarity to that of Narendra Modi's idea of development, it was earlier denied certificate in February. However, the film's producer has re-iterated that 'Modi Kaka Ka Gaon' was merely inspired by the PM's idea and is "not a biopic on Modi".

"I am keen that the work of the great leader should be highlighted since some people are making false propaganda and harming the country's interests," Jha said.

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CBFC Chairman Pahlaj Nihalani in February has asked the filmmaker to obtain a No-Objection Certificate from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Election Commission of India (ECI) before applying for certificate clearance, however, none of the authorities responded when reached by makers.

The producer then reached the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) and won the case in October. "The requirement to obtain NOC from the PMO, since either references are made to the PM or a character is portrayed as the PM, have no legal basis or foundation," FCAT stated.

The order further read, "The statutory responsibility for certification of films is cast upon the CBFC Board under the Cinematograph Act. (It) cannot be delegated to different statutory authorities, departments or individuals." The film stars Mumbai businessman Vikas Mahante who looks like the Prime Minister.

When asked about the reason behind resemblance between Modi and film's lead actor, Jha said, "Although it is not a biopic on Modi, throughout our film, we represent the working of our PM, his dream of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Smart India and Digital India."

Extensive shot in the locales of Mumbai, Patna and Darbhanga, the 135-minute-long film is helmed by Tushar A. Goel and also stars television actors Chandramani M. and Zeba A in pivotal roles. The film details Narendra Modi's vision of transforming and developing India.