Firing cannon on the ruling party — Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) — for their support to ‘Indu Sarkar’, Congress on Monday questioned that will CBFC give the same support if a movie is made on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged role in the 2002 riots in Gujarat.

While speaking to a news agency, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said, “If tomorrow I make a movie as to what was the role of Narendra Modi in 2002 riots in Gujarat was, will I get the same respect and same support from them? Will the RSS and the ABVP goons let the movie run? Will the censor board allow it? If they will let it run then we should soon make a movie on this.”

Previously, Congress party veteran M Veerappa Moily had asserted that ‘Indu Sarkar’ will hurt sentiments of many Congressmen and that is what the “present Prime Minister wants”.

Directed by Madhur Bhandar, ‘Indu Sarkar’, based on 1975-77 Emergency period, had been drawing extreme criticism from the Congress party over the portrayal of party veterans like Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.

Meanwhile in order to block the film from entering the movie halls, Priya Singh Paul, who claims to be the biological daughter of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi, has also filed a petition against the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the makers of the movie.

The court will hear the matter on July 24 i.e. today, as Paul’s lawyers have sought urgent hearing in the matter.

Commenting on the matter, Madhur Bhandarkar had said that the movie is not a documentary, but a work of fiction.

Addressing the reporters over the controversy surrounding the movie, Bhandarkar said, “This is completely wrong, and controversy like this should not happen because I made a film as a filmmaker and I’m saying that 70 percent of film is fiction and 30 percent is reality. The reality is based on the books and the documentaries made on them. I don’t understand the demand that they (the Congress) want to watch the movie before its release. Let my film get censor board clearance and the moment it is released in the theaters, you can go and watch the film.”

First Published | 24 July 2017 12:24 PM
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