Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar who is known for making bold and controversial films can heave a sigh of relief. His upcoming contentious film on Mrs Indira Gandhi’s oppressive Emergency, titled Indu Sarkar, won’t need an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from anyone in the Congress party or the Gandhi family. What's more, the Censor Board (CBFC) is thrilled to see the Emergency being slammed in the film’s trailer.
Speaking to a national website, CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani said, “I saw Madhur’s trailer and I want to congratulate him for blowing the lid off one of the most shameful chapters of Indian politics. This was a time when the nation was put in the most embarrassing spotlight in the global arena. Many of our biggest leaders had to go to jail during the Emergency. Indian people’s morale had hit rock-bottom.
I didn’t hear anyone’s name mentioned in the trailer. If they are mentioned in the film, we’ll see. At the moment, I am glad that someone has made a film on the Emergency. It is a kala dhabba (black spot) on our political history.”
The trailer clearly begins by stating that the film is set during the years of the Emergency, which was declared by Mrs India Gandhi in 1977. It goes on to show Mrs Gandhi and hr son Sanjay (played by Neil Nitin Mukesh) unleashing the most arrogant tyranny on their fellow countrymen.
Madhur is lucky enough to get appreciation from Censor big boss. Nonetheless, it is to be seen whether any of the Congress Party of Gandhi family oppose this controversial movie!