Indu Sarkar release

Madhur Bhandarkar, whose film Indu Sarkar was condemned by the Indian National Congress for ‘falsely depicting’ the Emergency period, wondered how the party could make ‘such a remark’ without watching the whole film. According to an IANS report, the filmmaker said of party spokesperson Jyotiradirya Scindia’s comment: “I admire him as an individual, but this was not expected. Just one trailer has come out – in the film I did not mention any name of any politicians, did I?”

The movie, about the emergency period declared in India between 1975 and 1977 when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister, features actor Neil Nitin Mukesh in what seems to be a role modelled on late politician Sanjay Gandhi. 

Bhandarkar further added: “If you want to know about the story, it is 70 percent fiction and 30 percent realism. The backdrop of the film is an emergency … that has happened … that we all know. The audience should watch the film in totality to understand the story. I did not put my own political views in the film … it is based on media reports during the time of the Emergency.” 

Earlier this week, Jyotiraditya Scindia had spoken out against the film. “The organisation and the individual who is behind the film is known to us. We totally condemn the false depictions in the film,” he said.

Indu Sarkar stars Kirti Kulhair, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Anupam Kher in lead roles.