Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar was on Monday provided appropriate security by the Maharashtra government in the wake of criticism that he has attracted for his latest film ‘Indu Sarkar’. The security was provided after Madhur Bhandarkar’s press conference in Nagpur was cancelled after threats from the local Congress party workers.
The conference was scheduled to be held at a hotel in Nagpur at 11.30 am on Saturday. But around 50 Congress workers gathered outside the hotel and raised slogans against the filmmaker.
“We are like hostage in the hotel room. We had to cancel the event. The hotel management asked us not to step out as the cadre is here since 1 pm. Since the last three hours, we have been locked in one room. My whole team is in the room,” Bhandarkar told IANS over phone.
Bhandarkar cancelled the press conference and informed the media about the same. He then wrote a post on Twitter which was addressed to the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
“Dear @OfficeOfRG after Pune I have 2 cancel today’s PressCon at Nagpur.Do you approve this hooliganism? Can I have my Freedom of Expression,” read the post.
The film, set against the backdrop of the 1975-77 Emergency, has characters inspired by the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her late son Sanjay Gandhi.