After biopic, EC bans online streaming of web series on Modi

New Delhi, Apr 20 (IANS): The Election Commission on Saturday banned the online streaming of the web series 'Modi: Journey of a Common Man', stating that no biopic material which can disturb the level-playing field during the Lok Sabha elections can be displayed.

The directions were conveyed by the EC to Eros Now, the producers of the web series.

"You are hereby directed to stop forthwith the online streaming and remove all connected content of the web series ‘Modi: Journey of a Common Man' till further orders. A compliance report may also be sent immediately," the EC order said.

The web series, which was launched on the OTT medium earlier this month -- just days ahead of the polls -- was playing on even though the EC had stopped the release of Bollywood biopic 'PM Narendra Modi' from releasing on April 11, when the Lok Sabha elections began.

The story of both the film and web series revolve around the Modi's journey from his humble beginnings to becoming the Prime Minister.

In its latest order, the EC has reminded the makers of the web series of its previous order in which it clearly said that "any biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political entity or 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 the Model Code of Conduct".

Five out of 10 episodes of 'Modi: Journey of a Common Man' had quietly made its way to the OTT space on April 3, even as the brouhaha over the film 'PM Narendra Modi' gathered steam.

Umesh Shukla, the director of the web series, had earlier told IANS that the release of the show was not planned in a way to coincide with the elections.

"I was working on it for almost a year. It could have come out a month earlier as well, but it got delayed owing to some technical glitches... My web series is not about politics. It is more about a character and his journey," he had said.


Comment on this article

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 21 2019

    Why is he so Desperate ...

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 20 2019

    For some time now, the role of the Election Commission has come under the scanner.
    The visual that appears on the VVPATs after the voter has pressed the button of choice on the EVM. The image is meant to remain for seven seconds. But Vemuru observed (and captured on video) that the visual vanished after just 3 seconds – less than half the duration.

    1. Why image on VVPAT disappears in 3 Seconds instead of 7 Seconds as claimed by the Election Commission of India?

    The Election Commission ordered a change of covers for EVM machines in November 2018. In an official letter to the Electronics Corporation of India and Bharat Electronics, the Commission wanted the manufacturers of EVMs used in the 2014 elections to be altered by replacing the aluminum covers inside the machines with steel covers.

    2. Can Election Commission of India tell the nation, why the Technical Expert Committee recommended a change of covers? Can you reveal the reason?
    3. Why in all Election of India EVM malfunctions during the middle of voting?
    4. What is the reason for such a large number of EVM malfunction if EVM's are fully tested?
    5. What is the cause of EVM malfunction?
    6. What is a fix for EVM malfunctions?
    7. Why EVM buttons don't work for certain party symbol during voting in 2019 if the EVM's are full proof?
    8. Why the inedible ink vanish in 2019 elections with just a stroke of Nail polish remover?
    9. Why the Electoral bonds are not transparent to the parties in India? Why does the donor need to remain anonymous if corruption has been removed from democracy?
    10. Why the second copy of verifiable slips are not printed from VVPAt to the voter along with one dropped in the box?
    It raises the question of whether the EC has no teeth or is the EC being timid? Answer Lies in How ‘Al Seshan’ Wielded His Powers.
    Jai Hind

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  • observer, mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 20 2019

    Bjp trying best attempt to make entry from doors. They still have last option left to sabotage EVM . They can go to any extent.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Sat, Apr 20 2019

    Such sensationalization of one of the biggest lie in the history of mankind

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  • abdul samad, mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2019


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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 20 2019

    As I told all just drama. Ebara jagala kind maker will be benefited.

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  • Narendra Kumar, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2019

    Pragya Takur will be a great setback for BJP in particular. Any sane person in this country will not endorse Modi

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  • Sujith, MANGALORE

    Sat, Apr 20 2019

    Inchala nachige kettoda. If Modi has done good work in last 5 years, is there a need to release a film (stopped by EC), NAMOTV(stopped by EC) and now a web series.

    As a BJP memeber, I dont know if elected again what we can expect from MODI.

    I still support BJP which is minus MODI, Amit Shah, Nalin.

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  • DON, Udupi

    Sat, Apr 20 2019

    This is a self imposed ban by BJP through EC since congress didn't bother to oppose it.
    BJP was expecting Congress to oppose this web series and wretched media make a big issue out of it so that BJP gets sympthy votes.

    Power in the hands of scoundrels - winston churchill.

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Sat, Apr 20 2019

    Last nail before end of game.........

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