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Indu Sarkar will hurt Cong leaders’ sentiments, PM Modi wants that: Moily

The Congress has protested against the portrayal of party veterans like Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and others in upcoming movie Indu Sarkar, which is based on the 1975-77 Emergency period.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2017 16:19 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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People hold banners during a demonstration in support of Madhur Bhandarkar's film Indu Sarkar in Bhopal.(PTI)

Indu Sarkar, a film on Emergency, will hurt sentiments of many Congressmen and that is what the “present Prime Minister wants”, veteran Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said on Sunday.

Indu Sarkar, based on the 1975-77 Emergency period, has evoked strong criticism and protest from the Congress.

The Congress’s apprehensions are over the portrayal of party veterans like Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and other senior leaders in the film.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, however, had said he would include a disclaimer in Indu Sarkar, stating that the film is mostly fictional.

Talking to PTI, Moily said the film will hurt sentiments of Congressmen.

“It hurts the sentiments of many of the Congressmen and that is what the present Prime Minister wants. Ultimately, it will (hurt) him (Narendra Modi).

“All these ruinous activities help in exit of BJP. More and more they do it, more the exit door will be opened for BJP,” he said.

The film, featuring Kirti Kulhari in the lead, has also run into trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which has demanded 14 cuts in the movie.

Bhandarkar has been given a security cover by the Maharashtra government in the wake of several protests against the film.

Former Union minister Moily further said a perception was being created that the Congress was not providing a strong opposition to the BJP.

“There is no exit door in politics. There is no exit door for Congress but there is always for BJP,” said the strongman from Karnataka.

He said the Congress will again form the government in Karnataka under chief minister Siddaramaiah. Assembly election in the state is scheduled to take place next year.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 14:16 IST