The plea that sought a ban on The Accidental Prime Minister and its trailer was dismissed by The Delhi Court on Wednesday. The plea was seeking a ban citing that the movie and its trailer defamed the constitutional post of the Prime Minister. A bench of Chief justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao were hearing the petition. In the verdict, they said that petitioner Pooja Mahajan has no strong grounds to file the plea and she was moved by private interest to file a PIL.
Pooja Mahajan, who is a fashion designer based in the national capital, alleged that the film director abused the provisions of Cinematography Act. She also alleged that the film is affecting the image of former Prime Minister and giving a bad name to national figure at both national and international levels.
The petition filed by her mentions: “By performing the character of Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, the performing actors/artists have committed offenses punishable under sections 416 (cheating by impersonation) of the Indian Penal Code and therefore, the Central Board of Film Certification could not have given the certificate for screening/exhibition of the film.” It was not the first legal action taken against the movie. Another petition was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha against the film in Bihar court. The court ordered an FIR to filed against the led actor Anupam Kher, Akshay Khanna and 15 other members of the film. Advocate Sudhir claimed that the movie intends to portray the former Prime Minister and other several figures like Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in a bad light.
The film is based on a book with the same name “The Accidental Prime Minister.” Baru was the media adviser of Manmohan Singh while he was Prime Minister in UPA Government. Anupam Kher, the lead actor in the film, posted on Twitter showing his happiness on the release of the film.