'Indu Sarkar' Pune promo event cancelled after threats from Congress

Congress Roasted Over Free Speech After Indu Sarkar Event In Pune Mobbed

Pune: A promotional event for the film Indu Sarkar had to be cancelled in Pune today after local Congress workers barged into the hotel in which the filmmakers were staying and protested against the movie which is set in the backdrop of the Emergency and has characters inspired by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi.

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". "Then we learnt that the press conference was scheduled at Crowne Plaza hotel on Saturday afternoon", he said.

CBFC later suggested 12 cuts and two disclaimers in the film. The hotel management asked us not to step out as the cadre is here since 1 pm. "My whole team is in the room", Mr Bhandarkar told news agency IANS over the phone.

Congress workers hv barged in the Hotel lobby & created ruckus, me & team are stranded like hostages in hotel room.

The film's spokesperson said, "We received a call from Sanjay Chordiya from Surya who had arranged the press conference". But Congress workers reached the venue much before him and compelled him to cancel the event. After constant disruptions, the film's director Madhur Bhandarkar said it was "baffling to see self-proclaimed custodians of freedom of expression creating huge ruckus".

Madhur Bhandarkar has been very clear he won't be screening the film for any politicians who have demanded to watch it.

The film stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher and Bengali actor Tota Roy Chowdhury.

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