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Congress leaders demand to see Indu Sarkar before censorship process begins


Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam fears that the Madhur Bhandarkar film shows Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi in ‘bad’ light.

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Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has sent a letter to Pahlaj Nihalani, chief of Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), while raising his party’s concern over the content of Madhur Bhandarkar’s next, Indu Sarkar, which is based on the Emergency of 1975. 

After going through the promo, he doubts that the film shows late Congress leaders, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi in ‘bad’ light. Hence, he has demanded his party leaders be shown the film before it goes for the certification process. 

The letter read, “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 & other Sr. Leaders of Indian National Congress. We therefore want to be certain that our leaders are not shown in bad light & hence would like to see the film before it’s censored.” [sic]

Last month, in an exclusive conversation with Cinestaan.com, Bhandarkar had stated that the film doesn’t contain characters based on Indira and Sanjay Gandhi. The trailers, however, did give an indication to the audience that actors Supriya Vinod and Neil Nitin Mukesh are playing the two leaders. 

Cinestaan.com tried contacting Nihalani to ask if he would entertain Nirupam’s demand, but he was unavailable for comment. 

Starring Kirti Kulhari in the lead, Indu Sarkar is all set to be released on 28 July. 

A screen grab of the letter sent by the makers of Indu Sarkar.