Indu Sarkar To Release Tomorrow, Can’t Curb Artistic Freedom, Says Supreme Court

Indu Sarkar, a film set in the backdrop of Emergency can be released on Friday. The Supreme Court today refused to stop release of the movie that has characters inspired by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi, holding that "national interest or the right to know is more paramount than an individual's reputation".

The top court held that celluloid project was not a document and there had to be artistic freedom. "A film's script has to have a little drama and exaggeration," the court ruled.

Priya Singh Paul, who claims to be the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, had asked the court to halt release of movie that was finally cleared by the censor board last week. She had alleged the film is "full of concocted facts and is totally derogatory".

"It is absolutely a great relief... Welcome that the court held that artistic freedom cannot be curbed," director Madhur Bhandarkar told NDTV in his first response as news of the court decision came in.

The filmmaker said he hadnt understood why there had been opposition to the movie since there already have been documentaries made on Emergency.


Indu Sarkar deals with the controversial state of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975, a period of deep unrest which saw civil liberties being suspended across the country.

Over the last few weeks, Mr Bhandarkar, 48, also had to cancel more than one promotional event for the film due to violence and threats by Congress workers.

The party had distanced itself from the attacks but expressed concern about the representation of Indira Gandhi's government and how the Emergency played out. Former Union Minister M Veerappa Moily added that the movie would hurt sentiments of "many Congressmen and this is what the present prime minister wants".




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