NEW DELHI: Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has denounced the many edits ordered to his Emergency-themed movie Indu Sarkar as 'absurd' and denied that the film is propaganda. The National Award-winning director currently is fighting on several fronts to see his film release in its entirety later this month. The Central Board of Film Certification has demanded 14 cuts to Indu Sarkar, including references to the RSS, the Akali Dal and even singer Kishore Kumar. Mr Bhandarkar said he was 'appalled' by the Censor Board's edits. "What yardstick or parameters did they choose to say such things? I was really appalled by the kind of suggestions that were offered," Mr Bhandarkar said. He also said that he had been asked to remove the disclaimer at the start of his film which explains that Indu Sarkar is dedicated to the 'unsung heroes of the Emergency who restored democracy.'
Madhur Bhandarkar described the suggested cuts as 'absurd' and said he didn't know why the words and dialogues didn't pass muster. "What do I say for Kishore Kumar? Censor Board says, 'say Kishore, don't show Kishore Kumar.' It was absurd. I just laughed. How can I remove words like Akali? The Akalis, communists, RSS all fought against the Emergency. They want me to remove CBI, Intelligence Bureau and PM. They want me to remove Jai Prakash Zindabad! What is the harm in it? JP was a hero of the Emergency movement,".
The impending release of Indu Sarkar, in which the Emergency is seen through the eyes of a citizen played by actress Kirti Kulhari, has prompted protests from Congress leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia and a woman who claims to be the daughter of late politician Sanjay Gandhi. Madhu Bhandarkar said, "A lady has sent a legal notice. She says she is Sanjay Gandhi's daughter .She also says she wants to see the film. So I don't know how many fronts I am fighting. People who are burning my effigies and want to blacken my face, they should see the film in totality. By watching a three-minute trailer, they should not have a knee jerk reaction." Mr Bhandarkar also professed himself an 'admirer of people in every political party' and of Jyotiraditya Scindia in particular.