'Indu Sarkar is not a biopic'
The much awaited controversial political drama, Indu Sarkar, by Madhur Bhandarkar is finally set to release on July 28. The director, who has been struggling to get an approval certificate from the censor board, finally took a sigh of relief when CBFC's revising committee showed the green flag to the film after 12 cuts.
Quite satisfied with the decision of the board he says, "The revising committee understood the context of the film as I tried explaining them the relevance of words like RSS and Akali that have been used in the movie. I am happy that the cuts didn't take away the real essence of the story."
Bhandarkar, who has always believed in raising tropical issues, felt a great need of making a film on the emergency. He believes that it is essential for today's generation to know exactly how the scenarios were back then. "I always wished to show contemporary India through my film. What could have been a better subject than emergency to depict what I wanted to", added Madhur, who does not want Indu Sarkar to get tagged as a documentary, biopic or the encyclopaedia of emergency.
The movie showcases the journey of Indu and the incidents that took place during the 1975-1977 emergency, through a commoner's view.
On the question of always demonstrating the problems of society through the women's point of view, he says, "I find my comfort level in women-centric films. Moreover, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter if it is shown from a men's perspective or women's, the story should convey the message it is intended to."
Kirti Kulhari will be seen playing the lead role of Indu, an orphan girl from Delhi, who loves writing poems. Circumstances put her in situations where she gets involved in the movements against emergency. Her struggle to stabilize her distorted life and finding her individuality runs simultaneously.
Kirti had been lucky enough to share the screen with legendary actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Anupam Kher. When asked if it was daunting to work with such senior actors, she replied, "It was amazing to work with legends like Amitabh Bachchan and Anupam Kher. They are always willing to cooperate in the best possible way and give you the required space to perform well."
"As far as the question of intimidation is considered, I don't feel anybody can intimidate you as far as you are doing your work", added Kirti, who considers de-glam roles to be easier to perform.
Quite surprised at the level of controversies being created, the team of Indu Sarkar is longing for the response from the audience.