The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on the film “The Accidental Prime Minister.” The PIL alleged that the movie defamed the constitutional post of the prime minister. The PIL was also seeking ban on the trailer of the Anupam Kher starrer film.
A two judge bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao said the petitioner, Pooja Mahajan, has no locus standi to file the plea.
Mahajan in her plea alleged that the film and the trailer shows the office of the Prime Minister in bad light which will tarnish the image of the post at the national and international level.
The producers of the film objected to being not made a party in PIL and said it was not maintainable.
The movie is based on controversial book “The Accidental Prime Minister” by Sanjaya Baru. The characters have been named Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi etc.
Similar names were not used as is generally done in the controversial movies. These characters have been shown speaking only 4-5 dialogues in the trailer but they are sure to set the politics of the country on fire.
Madhya Pradesh Government has already banned the film in the state.