An office bearer of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has written to the central election authorities demanding that a movie based on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi be held back from release for now as it is likely to have an impact on the coming Lok Sabha elections.
The Vivek Oberoi-starrer, titled PM Narendra Modi, is expected to hit the theatres in the first week of April.
“Cinema is a major source of advertisement," said P.S. Arasu Bhupathi, a district-level office bearer in Pollachi, Coimbatore, in his letter dated 21 March.
The letter has been addressed to the chief election commissioner, as well as local election authorities.
The movie should be banned at least till the last phase of polling on 19 May, Bhupathi argued.
The state leadership of the party is yet to react on the matter.
PM Narendra Modi is the latest among a string of recent movies with political themes, including Uri: The Surgical Strike, that are thought to be sympathetic to the ruling BJP.
The BJP is barely a factor in Tamil Nadu. However, the party has stitched up an alliance with the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to try and increase its footprint in the southern state.
It has also teamed up with others such as the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) to help it secure a second term at the centre.
The Bharatiya Janata Party will contest five of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, while its alliance partners will contest the remaining seats.
The Congress, which has lost considerable ground over the decades in Tamil Nadu, has announced an alliance with the opposition DMK and other parties. It will contest nine seats.