'Indu Sarkar' Pune promo event cancelled after threats from Congress

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 16, 2017

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has had several run-ins with the censor board previously over his films.

A press conference called by Director Madhur Bhandarkar regarding his upcoming movie "Indu Sarkar" was cancelled as the Congress party workers created ruckus at a hotel in Pune.

The director's first press conference to promote the movie was to be held at a hotel at NIBM road. As told to IANS over the phone, Bhandarkar said that the agitators were at the hotel since 1pm and the whole team has been locked in a hotel room for over three hours while the police and the hotel management handled matters.

Congress city unit president Ramesh Bagwe and activist Ramesh Iyer were present with a large number of party workers, sitting cross-legged in the lobby and shouting slogans of "Indira Gandhi Amar Rahe" and "We strongly condemn Bhandarkar". Later, Bhandarkar tweeted " Congress workers hv barged in the Hotel lobby & created a ruckus, me & team are stranded like hostages in hotel room.

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has demanded a special screening of the film - he said the party can not allow its "beloved leaders" to be portrayed in "bad light".

Indu Sarkar, which will release on July 28, deals with the controversial state of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975, a period of deep unrest which saw civil liberties being suspended across the country. This was followed by a CBFC release, suggesting 12 cuts, two disclaimers and removal of words like RSS and Akali from the film.

The film, which is set against the backdrop of the Emergency, has run into controversies.

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