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Why legal consequences only for films, asks Madhur Bhandarkar

News Agencies | Updated on: 1 July 2017, 13:34 IST

National Award winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar says over the years a lot has been said and written about the Emergency period, but he wonders why legal consequences arise only when somebody makes a film on the same subject.

"Since 42 years, a lot has been stated and published about 1975 Emergency. But only when a film is made, one is threatened with legal consequences," Bhandarkar tweeted on Friday.

He commented with reference to his upcoming film "Indu Sarkar", the premise of which is the Emergency period.

According to a news report, a woman who claims to be the daughter of Congress politician and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's late son Sanjay Gandhi, has sent a legal notice to Bhandarkar, producer Bharat Shah, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu and censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, asking them to stop the movie from releasing. She is reportedly worried that in the film her 'relatives' may be shown in "poor light" and "without accurate or with sufficient historical data".

The film features Neil Nitin Mukesh and Kirti Kulhari among others.


First published: 1 July 2017, 13:34 IST