It was earlier reported that cinema hall owners are seeking government protection for the shows of Madhur Bhandarkar’s contentious political drama Indu Sarkar, that is slated to release this Friday on 28 July.
Vandalism can be the only obstacle in the course of the film release as it has got itself cleared legally. The Indian Expressreports that the revising committee of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has now cleared the film with a U/A certificate and a few cuts.
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) July 24, 2017
Bhandarkar had to resort to the revising committee as the CBFC directed him to do so after the filmmaker refused to take into account the board’s suggestion of 14 cuts in the film.
Another hurdle that Indu Sarkar has managed to tackle is the plea seeking prohibitory orders of the release, filed by Priya Singh Paul, who claims to be late Congress minister Sanjay Gandhi’s biological daughter. She argued that her father has been defamed in the film which is set in the 1975 Emergency imposed by then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
However, Bombay High Court, where the plea was heard, has rejected it after Paul failed to present solid evidence of her association with the lineage of Sanjay Gandhi. The Hindu quotes the court as, “Unless the claim of lineage is finalised, there is no ground to stop the release of the film.”
Indu Sarkar has been in the midst of turmoil ever since the trailer of the film was released last month. Firstly, Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, an accused in the 1984 Sikh riots, wrote a letter to Bhandarkar seeking access the research material the filmmaker used for the film as he found one of the characters quite similar to him physically.
A host of Congress leaders followed suit after which Bhandarkar assured that he will put a disclaimer at the start of the film stating that 70 per cent of the story is dramatised. However, protests continued to pour in from the part. A large number of party workers protested outside the CBFC’s office and even threatened to attack Bhandarkar and his family, following which the filmmaker beefed up his security.
Indu Sarkar stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kirti Kulhari and Anupam Kher. It is co-produced by Bharat Shah and Bhandarkar Entertainment.
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