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Angry with selective activism in Bollywood: Madhur Bhandarkar on Indu Sarkar controversy

Madhur Bhandarkar says, ““It feels really sad that I always stood with the fraternity... But they must have had their own problems. That’s why you get angry when you see such selective activism.”

bollywood Updated: Jul 25, 2017 21:50 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Madhur Bhandarkar,Indu Sarkar,Udta Punjab
Madhur Bhandarkar during a press conference to promote Indu Sarkar.(IANS)

National Award winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has said he is “sad” that the film fraternity did not express solidarity with him when Indu Sarkar was mired in controversy.

(L-R) Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, music composer Bappi Lahiri, makeover expert Ishika Taneja and actress Kirti Kulhari at an event. ( IANS )

The film, based on the Emergency era, was finally cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Revising Committee with U/A certificate, after two cuts and one disclaimer, and Bhandarkar is relieved at that.

“It feels really sad that I as a filmmaker always stood with the film fraternity -- whether it was regarding Udta Punjab or Ae Dil Hai Mushkil or any other film... But they must have had their own problems. That’s why you get angry when you see such selective activism,” Bhandarkar said at a press conference.

“Today what has happened to me, might happen with somebody else tomorrow. So, if you will support people as per your convenience, that won’t work. Really this has saddened me as I wanted the film fraternity to come on a stage or tweet about this film, but that didn’t happen,” Bhandarkar lamented.

“The kind of atmosphere that was created in Nagpur and Pune -- that’s really sad,” he added about the protests in both cities.

Earlier, veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is in Indu Sarkar too, had told IANS that a “united voice of the industry” -- much like what was raised before the release of Udta Punjab -- needed to be heard once again.

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First Published: Jul 25, 2017 21:50 IST