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Madhur Bhandarkar's Indu Sarkar faces a ban in Indore

Madhya Pradesh state Congress party leaders Vivek Khandelwal and Girish Joshi have written to the Central Circuit Cine Association (CCCA) requesting them not to screen the Madhur Bhandarkar film.

Mayur Lookhar

Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar has been running into one political mess after another. The film had been labelled as a 'sponsored film' by the Congress party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, before Maharashtra state Congress leader, Sanjay Nirupam wrote a letter to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani asking to see the film before it receives its certification. Now, Madhya Pradesh state Congress leaders Vivek Khandelwal and Girish Joshi have requested the Central Circuit Cine Association (CCCA), Indore, to ban the film.

Speaking to Cinestaan.com, Khandewal said, “We have written a letter to Central Circuit Cine Association, single screens, and multiplex owners to not screen the film. Indira Gandhiji was our celebrated leader, and we believe the film is showcasing her in a bad light. We will not allow that to happen. The BJP government had banned Rahul Dholakia’s Parzania (2007) in Gujarat. Then how can they allow this Indu Sarkar to be made? The Vyapam scam in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has so far seen 48 people being killed. Why don’t they make a film on this? If you are making a film on me, then aren’t you required to get permission from me"

Khandelwal raised questions over the true motive of the film,“Perhaps, the film is being made to get Anupam Kher and Madhur Bhandarkar to bag more government honours. They have already got the Padma Shri. Maybe they are hoping to get a ticket to Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha."

Calling for a total ban on the film, Khandelwal is waiting on the decision by the CCCA. In case the association allows the film to pass, Khandelwal plans to approach the Madhya Pradesh High Court. "We are waiting for CCCA to respond. If they don't accept our request, then we will be moving the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking a stay order against the film," Khandelwal said.

Starring Kirti Kulhari and Neil Nitin Mukesh, Indu Sarkar is set during the 1975-77 years of Emergency in India. Director Bhandarkar had defended his film saying that he hadn’t used the names of Indira Gandhi or Sanjay Gandhi in the film. The film is set to be release on 28 July.