'Indu Sarkar' director Madhur Bhandarkar to get police protection

  • 'Indu Sarkar' director Madhur Bhandarkar to get police protection

'Indu Sarkar' director Madhur Bhandarkar to get police protection

The upcoming movie "Indu Sarkar" is based on the backdrop of 1975-77 emergency, in which the movie will depict the characters of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi. But, since 1pm, the local party workers had started a protest outside their hotel.

Madhur Bhandarkar, who was in Pune for the promotion of his upcoming film Indu Sarkar on Saturday, faced heavy protests by Congress workers. Bhandarkar had been asked to remove words like RSS and Akali from "Indu Sarkar".

An extremely pissed Madhur later shared a video as the members protested against him and wrote, "Its baffling to see self proclaimed custodians of #freedomOfExpression creating huge ruckus to prevent a legitimate release of #InduSarkar". Madhur chose to cancel the press conference at 11.15 AM to avoid creating a much bigger controversy.

Owing to these protests and outrage, Bhandarkar has been given police protection; he will have two policemen in the day and two at night for his security, reports NDTV.

The Congress party is apprehensive that the film might distort history and show the party leaders in bad light. Bhandarkar took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to reveal that he had to cancel his press conference in Nagpur too which was scheduled for Sunday and asked whether he can have his freedom of expression back.

After cancelling the events, Bhandarkar tweeted to Rahul Gandhi's Office saying, "Dear @OfficeOfRG after Pune I have 2 cancel today's PressCon at Nagpur.Do you approve of this hooliganism?" His tweet reads, "Can I have my Freedom of Expression".

While the film has faced 16 cuts from the Censor Board, the director has attracted the wrath of the Congress workers over some portions of the film that they find objectionable. One of these workers told PTI that they were only trying to meet Bhandarkar and express their displeasure over the film.

Party leader Sanjay Nirupam has demanded a special screening of the movie, though Bhandarkar has clarified that "70% of the film is fictional".