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Madhur Bhandarkar plans to release Indu Sarkar abroad

The director claims to have only good reviews on Indu Sarkar. He is also looking at screeening the film at film festivals.


Madhur Bhandarkar's latest controversial drama Indu Sarkar hasn't managed to meet the expectations at the box office with a total earning of about Rs3.6 crore. Now that the film has released in India, Bhandarkar hopes to take it to film festivals.

"It was unfortunate that because of the censorship issue, we couldn't release the film overseas. That was a big loss. In US, Britain and Dubai, you are required to give censor copy weeks in advance. We are looking to release the film abroad. Let's see what happens, but I am planning to take the film to a lot of film festivals," added the National Award winning filmmaker

The low box office earnings and the mixed reviews hasn't affected the filmmaker. In fact, according to him, Indu Sarkar is a niche project made on a budget of Rs 6.5 crore to Rs 7 crore and claims that the film has widely been appreciated, "The response over social media is superb. I have only heard positive reviews for Indu Sarkar."

He is especially euphoric about how Kirti Kulhari's role is being lauded by everyone.

"She is a very talented actress. This was her first film as a main lead actress. I am really happy for her because she deserves it due to the kind of talent she has. I would love to work with her again," he added.

While the audience and critics have praised lead actress Kirti Kulhari, some have called the film "a watered-down, bloodless version" of the Emergency period, a propaganda movie which offers "half-baked" politics.

Asked about the mixed reviews, Bhandarkar told IANS: "The collection is decent and quite good considering the budget of the film. I am very happy with the response. It was a limited budget and a niche film. We have mainly newcomers in the film. The film was shot in 42 days. The film has already collected more than Rs 4 crore. I am quite happy. We will further collect more amount from satellite and digital rights. We are working out on that."

While appreciating how small budget films like Indu Sarkar and Lipstick Under My Burkha are pushing boundaries at the box office, Bhandarkar said: "I am very happy for Lipstick Under My Burkha. It has done very well at the box office. That one also is a small budget film. I am very happy that these kinds of movies are being appreciated by the multiplex audience and the youngsters."

The anticipation for Indu Sarkar was high given how it was pitched as a film on the Emergency of 1975-1977, a period considered to be the darkest in the Indian democracy. Controversies naturally preceded its release on 28 July, even as Congress supporters voiced concerns over how former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi were portrayed.

Even the Central Board of Film Certification impeded its release by initially demanding 12 cuts and two disclaimers. But the revising committee ultimately settled for two cuts and one disclaimer and a few beeps, which Bhandarkar was satisfied with as it didn't tamper with the narrative.

Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor-starrer Mubarakan too relased on the same day as Indu Sarkar, However, Bhandarkar quips that it's not right to compare the two films, "It's a wrong parameter to compare my film with Mubarakan. It's a commercial film. Mine is a niche film."