Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar might have heaved a sigh of relief as CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani mentioned no requirement of an NOC from anyone in the Congress or the Gandhi family for his upcoming film, Indu Sarkar. The film is being on former Prime Minister, a film on Indira Gandhi who declared Emergency. The film features Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kirti Kulhari, Anupam Kher and Tota Roy Chowdhury among others.
“Indu Sarkar won’t have to get an NOC from anyone in the Congress or the Gandhi family,” said Nihalani, who also seemed thrilled to see the Emergency being slammed in the film’s trailer. He added: “I saw Madhur’s trailer, and I want to congratulate him for blowing the lid off one one of the most shameful chapters of Indian politics. This was a time when the nation was put in the most embarrassing spotlight in the global arena. Many of our biggest leaders had to go to jail during the Emergency. Indian people’s morale had hit rock-bottom.”
But what about the rule that says no film about real incidents and situations can be passed without NOCs from the concerned people?
Nihalani said: “Indu Sarkar does not name anyone. There is no mention of Mrs Indira Gandhi or Sanjay Gandhi or anyone else in the trailer. You are only presuming the film is about the people you mention because of the physical resemblance. I didn’t hear anyone’s name mentioned in the trailer. If they are mentioned in the film, we’ll see. At the moment, I am glad someone has made a film on the Emergency. It is a ‘kaala dhabba’ (black spot) in our political history.”
While Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar doesn’t require to get an NOC, the makes of Anupam Kher’s upcoming film The Accidental Prime Minister were asked to get a no objection certificate (NOC) from the man himself.
Indu Sarkar is slated to release on July 28.
Source: Quotes from IANS
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