Madhur Bhandarkar's film 'Indu Sarkar' has been embroiled in a controversy, after members of Indian National Congress (INC) criticised the maker for portraying the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi in a bad light. Sanjay Gandhi's alleged daughter Priya Singh Paul had also moved to Bombay High Court seeking a stay on the film.
In an exclusive interview with Republic TV, Madhur Bhandarkar and actor Kriti Kulhari spoke about the controversy and its implication on the film.
Talking about the intensity of the protest by supporters of the INC, the filmmaker said that they were like captives in the hotel, they were instructed to not even go down at the lobby since an intimidating crowd had gathered up shouting slogans. The filmmaker was provided with police protection as well. Actress Kriti termed the entire situation as scary and sad. She further said that it is okay for people to speak against the film, but not in a manner that their freedom of expression threatens her safety because that is not how a democratic nation like India functions.
When she was quizzed whether our society is becoming intolerant or has it been this way always, the actress said that our society was never intolerant considering the fact that we co-exist in a diverse nation. But, of late people have started voicing their opinion without taking into consideration what others have to say. In that manner, she says that the society has indeed become intolerant.
Talking about the culture of covering up shortcomings of politicians and not looking at them as real people, Bhandarkar said that he has a problem with people who take a selective stand and fight or come out in protest only for matters that suit them.
When Kriti was asked on how relevant is her dialogue 'Zindagi bhar maa-bete ke seva karte rahoge' (You will be the slave to mother and son forever) even in today's time, she refrained from commenting on it. While Bhandarkar said that for all his films people have drawn parallels with reality. He said that the political scenarios have not changed much in the past 40 years or more when it comes to dynasty politics. Calling this controversy as a Deja Vu the filmmaker said that even a film like 'Aandhi' and ''Kishore Kumar' songs was banned.
The CBFC (Central Board Of Film Certification) gave 14 cuts and told them to add two disclaimers. The CBFC had given a positive review after the trailer had released but scrutinized the movie. Madhur said that he has been fighting with the Censor board from 17 years, as all his movies had problems with the censor board. Meanwhile, Kriti feels that the censor board should stand up for the community and help in providing better films, rather than pulling them back.
'Indu Sarkar' is written by Anil Pandey and Madhur Bhandarkar and the dialogues are penned by Sanjay Chhel and is set in the period of emergency that was declared by Indira Gandhi from 1975-77.
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