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Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar released: Congressmen disrupt shows across Maharashtra

Congress and youth Congress workers in Nashik, Jalgaon, Nanded and Thane protested against the release of the film outside the theatres it is being screened

mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2017 14:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
A protest in Thane.
A protest in Thane.(Praful Gangurde)

Congress party workers disrupted the screening of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar, the film which released today and is based on the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi government in 1975, across the state.

The party, however, claimed the protests are spontaneous and its leadership is not against the release of the film.

Congress and youth Congress workers in Nashik, Jalgaon, Nanded, Thane and Kalyan protested against the release of the film outside the theatres it is being screened.

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

The protesters tore the posters and the theatre management was made to stop the screening.

Manoj Shinde, Thane president of the party, said, “Indira Gandhi has given India recognition on the world map. She is known as the Iron Lady and there is lot of respect for her among the people. We will not tolerate any slander. We will not allow a single show of the film in the state or country.”

In Jalgaon, about 50 to 60 party workers led by district president Sandeep Patil staged a protest at Natwar Multiplex and Khandesh Central theatre. They shouted slogans condemning the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Read: Indu Sarkar controversy: Why are political parties so thin-skinned?

“It is true the party workers staged protest at many places hours after the film was released, but they have not been given any permission by the leadership. Senior party leader and former union minister P Chidambaram last week said the party has nothing against the film and they don’t endorse parallel censorship. The protest is out of the affection towards our late leader Indiraji,” said a party leader.

Leader of opposition in legislative assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil warned the state government, in a letter two weeks ago, about possible protests if the film was allowed to release.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam had written to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to hold a special screening for Congress leaders before it is given a certificate.

Read: Indu Sarkar not sponsored, Congress mistaken: Madhur Bhandarkar