"Can I have my Freedom of Expression?", wrote Bhandarkar on his Twitter handle on Sunday.
Previously, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar had censured the controversy surrounding his impending directorial venture and had asserted that the motion picture is not a documentary, but a function of fiction. "This film is not based on the Emergency, but Emergency is used as a backdrop in the film which is about two married people and their ideologies, while the film is political in nature", he added.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has had several run-ins with the censor board previously over his films. "I can not understand why they are scared of one movie", he added.More news: Crack down on cow vigilantes, PM tells States
An extremely pissed Madhur later shared a video as the members protested against him and wrote, "Its baffling to see self proclaimed custodians of #freedomOfExpression creating huge ruckus to prevent a legitimate release of #InduSarkar".
"My motion picture is primarily based on the tale of a husband and a wife, who have contradictory opinion about the Crisis". It's about the clash of points of view and the backdrop of the movie is the Emergency. The movie which is based on the 21-month long period from 1975 to 1977, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had unilaterally declared a state of emergency across the country. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has demanded that the director hold a special screening so they can ensure that the "characters are not shown in a bad light".
Indu Sarkar is due to be released on July 28. Disappointed with the Congress intervening in the promotion of his work, the noted filmmaker called out Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on social media, questioning him over the "freedom of expression" being allegedly denied to him by the "hooliganism" of his party workers. Bhandarkar stayed put at his hotel on Bund Garden road even as Congress workers kept vigil amidst police presence in the hotel lobby. Today it has come to our knowledge that the Secretary of Indian Youth Congress, Rutvij Joshi and his team are going to agitate over Indu Sarkar infront of Pahlaj Nihalani, Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).