‘Indu Sarkar’ press conference in Pune cancelled over Congress workers’ protest

'Indu Sarkar' is based on a 21-month long period, from 1975 to 1977, when the then PM Indira Gandhi had a state of emergency declared across the country. The trailer of the movie led the Congress party to ask the CBFC for a review before it comes under the scanner.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2017 7:01 pm
Indu Sarkar, indu sarkar press conference, congress protest, madhur bhandarkar Congress workers at the Press conference of Indu Sarkar in Pune (Source: Twitter/ANI_news)

The press conference of Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming directorial ‘Indu Sarkar’ was cancelled after few Congress workers launched a protest against the movie. Thereafter, Bhandarkar took to Twitter to share the news, citing the team of the movie was left stranded “like hostages in the hotel room.”

“Congress workers have barged in the Hotel lobby & created ruckus, me & team are stranded like hostages in hotel room. #pune activity cancelled,” he tweeted.

Earlier, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar had criticised the controversy surrounding his upcoming directorial venture and had asserted that the movie is not a documentary, but a work of fiction.

“This is completely wrong, and controversy like this should not happen because I made a film as a filmmaker and I’m saying that 70 percent of film is fiction and 30 percent is reality. The reality is based on the books and the documentaries made on them. I don’t understand the demand that they (the Congress) want to watch the movie before its release. Let my film get censor board clearance and the moment it is released in the theaters, you can go and watch the film,” Bhandarkar said.

Citing that he has been known for making movies, which are hard-hitting, real and topical, Bhandarkar has appealed other filmmakers and the public to side with him over the issue as this reeks of suppression of freedom of expression.

“My movie is based on the story of a husband and a wife, who have contradictory opinion about the Emergency. It’s about the clash of points of view and the backdrop of the movie is the Emergency. My film is an emotional journey. I am concentrating on that thing and they are simply bullying a filmmaker by asking him to change something or the other,” he added.

‘Indu Sarkar’ is based on a 21-month long period, from 1975 to 1977, when the then prime minister Indira Gandhi unilaterally had a state of emergency declared across the country.

The trailer of the movie led the Congress party to ask the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for a review before it comes under the scanner.

In this regard, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam wrote to CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani, expressing the grand old party’s wish to watch the movie before it is ‘censored’.

“The trailer of the film says it’s a film on Emergency and hence, we can see the likes of our beloved leaders like Indira Gandhi ji, Sanjay Gandhi ji and other senior leaders of the India National Congress. We, therefore, want to be certain that our leaders are not shown in bad light and hence, would like to see the film before it’s censored,” Nirupam mentioned, in a letter addressed to Nihalani.

Furthermore, reiterating Nirupam’s request, Maharashtra Leader of Opposition (LoP) Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil wrote to state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to intervene in the matter revolving around the controversial movie ‘ Indu Sarkar’ based on the Emergency imposed by former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Patil expressed the Congress’ apprehension that the movie might have distorted the historical facts which may hurt the sentiments of the Congressmen and the public at large and so the movie must be exhibited to the Congress first and then be released.

Patil further said the Chief Minister should assure this so that law and order situation post the release of the movie is maintained.

Few other political outfits have also expressed dismay over the movie, while some have taken to Twitter to threaten Bhandarkar against the movie’s release.

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  1. D
    Jul 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Dreamer for prime Minister Raul Ghandhi-Khan, award vapsi like before is good idea, all those who did not return has golden opportunity to do so now and respect freedom of ART in HINDU country, in Hindu gifted secular system not supported by NDTV and Congressi OTHERWISE RAUL WOULD KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT alas he does not has that grey coloured substance. Corrupt will always be supported by more corrupt
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      Niladrinath Mohanty
      Jul 16, 2017 at 5:22 am
      I have a question. How much cash this turncoat Sanjay Nirupam receives from the Congress Party?
      1. K
        Karan Kadam
        Jul 16, 2017 at 4:31 am
        Ask cong now where is the freedom of speech gone ?
        1. D
          Jul 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm
          They never gave us those freedom and where is NDTV and their fake journalist like dirty mouth Ravish mia and Corrupt Barkabegum, Pannoy -Paki agent, Vikram Congi agent ? FAKE , FAKE AND FAKE
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          Harshawardhan Joshi
          Jul 15, 2017 at 9:34 pm
          Congress has made sure that many more people will watch this movie
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            R Srinivasan
            Jul 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm
            Kiss Kursi Ka kissa is not forgotten. Congi guys are at it again. And these guys are attacking Modi sarkar over freedom of speech!
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              KS KUMAR
              Jul 15, 2017 at 9:01 pm
              During controversy on Udta Punjab so many activists were speaking about Freedom of Speech and why all of them are silent.
              1. R
                Jul 15, 2017 at 8:57 pm
                Aah the secularism of sickular parties. What else can you expect. They know nothing other than slavery of the family. Poor slaves like my namesake in the comments section below. They have no chance of giving any semblance of freedom to either themselves or their kids.
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                  Atul Sapre
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 8:38 pm
                  Congress is acting like BJP or BJP acts like congress. The emergency is a blot in India as much as the current govt is
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