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Madhur Bhandarkar Wants to Know From Rahul Gandhi if he Can Have His Freedom of Expression

The Indu Sarkar director asked the Congress vice-president if he approved of this “hooliganism” by party men.


Updated:July 17, 2017, 8:28 AM IST
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Madhur Bhandarkar Wants to Know From Rahul Gandhi if he Can Have His Freedom of Expression
Madhur Bhandarkar was forced to cancel a promotional event over fears of a protest by Congressmen. (Image: Yogen Shah)

Nagpur: Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, whose film ‘Indu Sarkar’ has put him in the crosshairs of the Congress party, tweeted to Rahul Gandhi on Sunday and asked him if he could have his freedom of expression back.

The director, who was forced to cancel a promotional event of the film that is based on Emergency due to fears of protest by Congress workers, put a poser before the Congress Vice-President, asking him whether he approved of this “hooliganism”.

Bhandarkar was forced to cancel the event after Congress workers gathered at his proposed press meet venue to lodge their protest against the alleged defamatory content of the movie.

Congress has objected to the film, saying that it may have portrayed Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi in a bad light. Bhandarkar had to face the ire of Congressmen in Pune too on Saturday, after which he had to cancel the promotional events there.

A senior police official said that Congress workers were waiting to meet Bhandarkar at the venue where he was supposed to brief media about the upcoming film.

However, after they came to know that the filmmaker is not going to come to the spot, they went to the hotel where Bhandarkar was staying, but by the time they reached there, he had already checked out of the hotel.

After cancelling the events in Nagpur, Bhandarkar tweeted to Rahul Gandhi's account saying, “Dear @OfficeOfRG after Pune I have 2 cancel today's PressCon at Nagpur. Do you approve this hooliganism? Can I have my Freedom of Expression?"

Maharashtra congress spokesperson, Atul Londhe, said, “The people of India will not accept any attempt to malign the image of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who laid down her life for the unity and integrity of the country.”

"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.”

Nagpur city congress chief Vikas Thakre, said, “We wanted to meet Bhandarkar and know as to why he was not showing the movie to the concerned Congress leaders. What is he hiding? However, he left the city before we could meet him.”

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| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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