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RGV to move court on CBFC 'pre-censoring' his film

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

Filmmaker Verma is planning to move court against the after it refused to accept his application to watch the movie 'Lakshmi's NTR' for approval citing the election model code of conduct (MCC).

The film based on founder and former N.T. Rama Rao's second marriage with Parvathi and subsequent developments, was scheduled to be released on March 22.

The on Sunday tweeted that he had received a letter from CBFC informing him that his application to view the film for certification cannot be processed till the first phase of elections on March 11 as the movie attracts provisions of the model code of conduct.

The CBFC pointed out that, as per the model code, parties and candidates will have to refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, and criticism of other parties or their workers, based on unverified allegations or distortion.

"The CBFC has no authority or power to postpone processing of the film on the ground of model code of conduct even before viewing the film," said

He said this amounts to blatant pre-censorship, which was a violation of the fundamental right of Freedom of Expression under Article 19 of the Constitution.

Last week, a worker had urged the to stop the release of "Lakshmi's NTR" on the ground that this could impact the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in

The petitioner complained the film has portrayed and in a negative light, which could influence voters, and demanded that the film's release be stopped till April 11.



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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 17:40 IST