Madhur Bhandarkar provided security cover by Maharashtra government

The development comes after Bhandarkar had to cancel the promotional events of 'Indu Sarkar' in Pune and Nagpur fearing wrath of Congressmen who had gathered to protest the film's release without a green signal from senior party leaders.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:July 17, 2017 6:46 pm
Supriya vinod, indira gandhi, madhur bhandarkar, indu sarkar, indu sarkar movie Madhur Bhandarkar with actress Supriya Vinod at the sets of Indu Sarkar. (File photo)

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar was today provided with a security cover by the Maharashtra government in the wake of several protests the director is facing for his next film ‘Indu Sarkar’. The development comes after Bhandarkar had to cancel the promotional events of ‘Indu Sarkar’ in Pune and Nagpur fearing wrath of Congressmen who had gathered to protest the film’s release without a green signal from senior party leaders.

According to sources close to the director, Bhandarkar has been given a security cover, with two personnel by his side till the film is released. A senior police official confirmed the news and said Mumbai police have provided “adequate security” to Bhandarkar.

Congress has objected to the film, set against the Emergency era, saying it may have portrayed Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi in a bad light. Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam demanded that the film should be screened before senior party leaders to allay their concerns of any defamatory references to the Gandhi family.

A press conference for the promotion of ‘Indu Sarkar’ had to be cancelled in Nagpur yesterday after the Congress workers protested against the film. A day earlier, event of the film at Pune too was cancelled after few Congress workers took to protest against the movie.

Bhandarkar had earlier tweeted saying that team was stranded “like hostages in the hotel room” in Pune when the press conference was opposed in that city. Yesterday, the director took to Twitter and wrote to Rahul Gandhi, “Dear @OfficeOfRG after Pune I have 2 cancel today’s PressCon at Nagpur. Do you approve this hooliganism? Can I have my Freedom of Expression?” The film is scheduled to release on July 28.

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    Vish
    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm
    Well, well, the congressis are aware that their leaders are thugs, goons and are dictatorial in nature. So, they are worried that truth will be captured and showed to Indian public.
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      Logic Induction
      Jul 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm
      Why block the screening ? If you have to oppose, you may do so, after the movie is seen by the public.
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        mir
        Jul 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm
        The film should be banned. The Director Mudhur is against Congress and supporter of Modi. He will protarate Indira Gandhi in bad light.
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          bitterhoney
          Jul 18, 2017 at 6:31 am
          Film's screening should not be allowed unless it is okayed by Gandhi family. Sentiments of Congress party members should be respected.
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          Arjun
          Jul 17, 2017 at 8:19 pm
          Where are the "Award wapasi" gang The "secular tolerant brigade"? Ans: They are against this movie, which is not even made. 😂😂😂😂
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