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Indu Sarkar: Honest depiction or deliberate defamation?

By Glory Dwarkesh
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Indu Sarkar: Honest Depiction or Deliberate Defamation?
Source: India.com

The much-awaited film, Indu Sarkar, has already caused a storm among the people, who are anxiously waiting for its release now. Its trailer has gripped everyone and dates back to the time when India was in its gloomiest phase.

While the makers of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, are required to take a No-Objection-Certificate (NOC) from the leaders the movie is about, Indu Sarkar needs to clear no such formality. Director Madhur Bhandarkar is relieved as CBFC Chairman, Pahlaj Nihalani, has clearly stated that no NOC from the Congress or Gandhi family needs to be obtained prior to the film’s release. Nihalani’s statement indicates that the movie is only a dramatised depiction of the emergency and not anything that demeans or defames anyone.

Importance should be laid on the fact that how accurate, authentic and real, the plot of the film is.

Since the emergency period is considered as the darkest phase of the Indian political system, the film is expected to highlight the key instances that shaped the structure of the Indian politics for the future.

As a matter of fact, the plot of Indu Sarkar is also expected to not mislead or misquote anything or anyone.

Accusing the film of targeting the party, Congress leader, Jyotiraditya Scindia has said that the film aims to defame the public image of the former leaders of the country. This is the primary reason for the party’s opposition against the film.

Since the Congress party is opposing the film, as it claims it ‘ negatively portrays’ the characters of former Prime Minister, Smt Indira Gandhi and her son, Sanjay Gandhi, it should be noted that it just reflects something that has only happened in the past. It is not the creation of someone’s mind or a deliberate attempt to defame any person or political party.

The entire scenario should be viewed as a reflection of the dark days of the past and not as something or done purposely or deliberately.

Such an opposition by a political party is not new for the country. The Congress party had earlier accused Gulzar’s Aandhi as well, which they claimed, portrayed the character of Mrs Gandhi negatively.

Is Indu Sarkar actually targeted at defaming the Congress party or members of the Gandhi family, or is an honest effort to show the real state of the country during the emergency will only be confirmed when the film hits the screens on July 28.

Till then, we need to stop drawing unreal or deliberately-negative connotations from the film’s posters and trailer.

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