EC Bans Trailer Of Mamata’s Biopic

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Kolkata: The Election Commission has initiated steps to take down the trailer of Baghini: Bengal Tigress, a film said to be the biopic of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, from three websites.

The chief electoral officer of West Bengal had submitted a report on the film. The trailer of the film was released on 13 April which stars Ruma Chakraborty in the title role.

The decision of the poll body comes days after it banned the release of another biopic PM Narendra Modi for the duration of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The move also comes a day after the poll body reiterated its stand on not releasing the Modi biopic, stating such an act might “tilt electoral balance of the particular political party”.

Baghini’s director Nehal Dutta had, however, denied that it was a biopic of Mamata and said it was only “inspired by her journey”.

The BJP had approached the poll panel seeking a ban on the release of the movie until the election process is over.

The trailer of the movie has references to the farmers’ struggle and police violence in Nandigram in 2007 and Singur in 2008. An agitation was led by Mamata’s TMC in Singur which resulted in Tata Motors stalling a proposed project to manufacture Nano cars in the state.