Cong workers hound Madhur Bhandarkar, press conference cancelled

Madhur Bhandarkar

Madhur Bhandarkar

While the film has faced 16 cuts from the Censor Board, the director has attracted the wrath of the Congress workers over some portions of the film that they find objectionable.

The Congress workers on Saturday created ruckus at a hotel in Pune where press conference of Madhur Bhandarkar's movie "Indu Sarkar" was scheduled.

"We are like hostage in the hotel room. My whole team is in the room", Bhandarkar told IANS over phone. Finally Madhur had agreed to put disclaimer in few scenes stating that it is a fictional story. He captioned them: "Congress workers have barged in the hotel lobby and created ruckus, me and the team are stranded like hostages in hotel room".

Congress city unit president Ramesh Bagwe and activist Ramesh Iyer were present with a large number of party workers, sitting cross-legged in the lobby and shouting slogans of "Indira Gandhi Amar Rahe" and "We strongly condemn Bhandarkar". "The Congress party absolutely distances itself from these kinds of protests".

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Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has demanded a special screening of the film - he said the party can not allow its "beloved leaders" to be portrayed in "bad light".

Indu Sarkar is due to be released on July 28. The film is set in emergency era and it was reported that the Congress Party has objected to it as they feel the director may have not portrayed late Indira and Sanjay Gandhi in a right way.

The film has also run into trouble with the CBFC, which has demanded 14 cuts. Bhandarkar had been asked to remove words like RSS and Akali from "Indu Sarkar".

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