Can I have freedom of expression, asks Madhur Bhandarkar

Indu Sarkar protest Pune

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar after having to cancel his press briefing in Nagpur due to Congress's protest, took to twitter in complaint asking Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi whether he approved of this protest.

"Indu Sarkar" is primarily based on a 21-month lengthy interval, from 1975 to 1977, when the then key minister Indira Gandhi unilaterally had a state of emergency declared throughout the state. Do you approve this hooliganism? Earlier, the venue for his press conference was chosed as Pune but due to massive protest by the Congress supporters on Sunday again, the venue had to be changed to Nagpur.

"Congress workers have barged in the Hotel lobby and created ruckus, me and team are stranded like hostages in hotel room. Can I have my Freedom of Expression".

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has had several run-ins with the censor board previously over his films. "We, therefore, want to be certain that our leaders are not shown in bad light and hence, would like to see the film before it's censored", Nirupam mentioned, in a letter addressed to Nihalani. The Pune City District Congress Committee has warned that if the film is screened in Pune city without the permission of Congress leaders, party members will ensure that the screenings are blocked. Mr. Agnihotri, after the protest, said, "Congress workers will not allow Mr. Bhandarkar to promote his film anywhere across the country it may assassinate the character of the Party's icon Indira Gandhi". "This was absolutely shocking... This film is not based on the Emergency, but Emergency is used as a backdrop in the film which is about two married people and their ideologies, while the film is political in nature", he added. The legal notice alleged that the trailer of the film was misleading in its portrayal of the late Congress leader.

Citing that he has been known for making movies, which are hard-hitting, real and topical, Bhandarkar has appealed other filmmakers and the public to side with him over the issue as this reeks of suppression of freedom of expression.

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