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Madhur Bhandarkar’s next film Indu Sarkar is about the 1975 Emergency

The filmmaker says the present generation does not know much about what happened in India during the Emergency and his new film, Indu Sarkar, will educate the youth about that dark period in Indian politics.

bollywood Updated: Feb 19, 2017 12:58 IST
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Madhur Bhandarkar’s forthcoming film Indu Sarkar looks at how freedom of expression and civil liberties were suppressed during the Emergency in India.(Yogen Shah/HT Photo)

Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar said on Saturday that his next film about the Emergency will be an eye-opener for the current generation who does not know much about what happened in India in 1975.

“Indu Sarkar is definitely on Emergency. One should wait for the trailers to know the political reaction about it,” Madhur said on the sidelines of 7th National Science Festival & Competition valedictory session in Kolkata.

“I travelled back 42 years and the shoots were wrapped up in 41 days. The film talks about how freedom of expression and civil liberties were suppressed during those times. Emergency is a subject which today’s generation does not know,” Madhur said.

“We have a whole set-up of Delhi in 1975. We have recreated Chandni Chowk. We have collected so much materials. From radio, to typewriter to automobiles of that era. It was a very human story to which I have added fiction,” Madhur said. He also said that Indu Sarkar is different from his previous movies.

“My earlier films dwelt on current affairs but Indu Sarkar rewinds to 1975,” said Bhandarkar, who is best known for directing films such as Chandni Bar and Page 3. The film stars Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher and Tota Roy Choudhury.

Reacting to reports on the ban on Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s No Bed of Roses, which stars Indian actor Irrfan Khan (who is also the co-producer), Madhur said, “I feel a film should not be banned after being cleared by the Censor Board.”

“I am against this. No point in banning films after Censors see the work and it is cleared,” he said about the film which is reportedly inspired by late Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed’s life.

“Even my films have ben banned in past. My Calendar Girls had been banned in Pakistan. I feel sorry for film makers,” he said.

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First Published: Feb 19, 2017 12:57 IST