No NOC required from Gandhi family for Indu Sarkar: Pahlaj Nihalani


This is a bit of nitpicking, since the trailer clearly begins by stating the film is set during the Emergency, declared by Indira Gandhi in 1975.

Pahlaj Nihalani lauds Madhur Bhandarkar's "Indu Sarkar" for unveiling a "shameful chapter" By Ranjini Maitra Pahlaj Nihalali is mighty pleased with Madhur Bhandarkar for bringing the spotlight on a "shameful" chapter of Indian politics. It will release on 28th July. "I always wanted to make a period film and I am a big fan of 1970s so when me and my writer (Anil) were brainstorming on this, suddenly the idea of the Emergency popped out. Indian people's morale had hit rock-bottom".

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But what about the rule which says that no film about real incidents and situations can be passed without an NOC from the concerned people? There is no mention of Mrs Indira Gandhi or Sanjay Gandhi or anyone else in the trailer. The audience will see the pink actress Kirti Kulhari in a strong character in Indu Sarkar. "You are only presuming the film is about the people you mention because of the physical resemblance", says Nihalani.

The trailer shows Kirti Kulhari rebelling against her husband (played by Tota Roy Chowdhury) and turning a political activist to protest against the excesses of a political leader (Neil Nitin Mukesh, whose look is inspired by Sanjay Gandhi). I'll leave the rest of the trailer for you to interpret. We have mostly seen in films that stammering has been projected in a very caricaturish way. It is a "kaala dhabba' (black spot) in our political history", Nihalani answers. "For me banning any film or book is not done, specially when we talk about freedom of expression".