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Madhur Bhandarkar to Rahul Gandhi: Can I have my freedom of expression?

Madhur Bhandarkar to Rahul Gandhi: Can I have my freedom of expression?

The notable filmmaker had to cancel a promotional event in Pune for his upcoming film Indu Sarkar. "Can I have my freedom of expression?" After the Pune press conference was called off on Saturday, Bhandarkar had taken to Twitter and posted, "Congress workers hv barged in the Hotel lobby & created ruckus, me and team are stranded like hostages in hotel room". The film reportedly has characters based on the former Prime Minister and her son Sanjay Gandhi. 'Kirti along with filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, veteran singer-composer Bappi Lahiri and Miss India Tourism Ishika Taneja was in the capital to launch the film's new song Dilli ki raat.

"If the producers had nothing to hide about the movie, they should have first shown it to the Congress leaders and the members of the Gandhi family". "This was absolutely shocking... Otherwise, I would have made a 100% documentary and not a film". Bhandarkar said. "It was "baffling to see self-proclaimed custodians of freedom of expression creating huge ruckus", he had added".

However, Pawan Khera of Congress said that the party has "nothing to do" with these protests.




Earlier also, Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam had penned a letter to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani, asking for the movie to be screened for them before it is censored. "The Congress party absolutely distances itself from these kinds of protests".

However, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, the director of the movie, has turned down Nirupam's request, saying he will not hold any separate screening for the Congress or any other political party. "This is hooliganism. We were forced to cancel our press conference in several cities, including Ahmedabad and Bengaluru", Bhandarkar told reporters.

CBFC later suggested 12 cuts and two disclaimers in the film. Mr Bhandarkar had been asked to remove words like RSS and Akali from Indu Sarkar.


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