Indu Sarkar release: Much to the relief of the producers and cast of Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Indu Sarkar, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the release of the film which allegedly depicts the events from 1975-1977 period when Emergency was imposed by the Indira Gandhi government. The movie will now be released on Friday as scheduled. The plea to stay the film had been filed by Priya Singh Paul, who alleges that she is the biological daughter of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi. Paul claims that the film shows former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi in a negative light due to the role the duo played during the imposition of the Emergency, according to an Indian Express report.
While quashing Paul’s plea the Supreme Court observed that the movie is an artistic expression and it is within the parameters of the law adding that there was no justification to stay the release of the film. The decision to let the film release as per schedule was taken by a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra. The Supreme Court bench also comprised of Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A M Khanwilkar, according to a PTI report.
Madhur Bhandarkar, the director of the film had informed the apex court that the film had carried out the cuts as suggested by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), even as Paul’s counsel told the court that the movie had ‘concocted facts and was derogatory’. Earlier, on July 24, the Bombay High Court had also rejected a similar plea filed by Priya Singh Paul. The Bombay HC said that it wouldn’t interfere after the CBFC had given a certificate to the movie.