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Indu Sarkar Movie Review: A Major Let-Down By Madhur Bhandarkar

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| July 28 , 2017 , 12:24 IST

Renowned filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar is famous for his hard-hitting reality-based movies, however his recent attempt at a movie set in the background of Emergency declared in India by Indira Gandhi in the 70s has emerged as a disappointment for his fans. The movie was surrounded by controversy over the depiction of Congress leaders before its release.

The movie depicts the story of a woman poet named 'Indu Sarkar' with a stammer who grew up in an orphanage. The un-assuming woman, played by Kirti Kulhari undergoes a transformation as the Emergency is declared in the nation. Married to an ambitious husband who is a slave to the oppressive system aimed at taking away fundamental rights of people, Indu becomes a firebrand and turns fighter for a cause, fighting for personal rights during the Emergency.  

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Claiming to be a political film, the treatment of Indu Sarkar has turned it into a typical Bollywood film, with stereotypical villains, most prominently Sanjay Gandhi played by Neil Nitin Mushkil. Called simply 'Chief' by his legion of followers, his excesses and domination show another side to the Emergency. Indira Gandhi appears rarely on screen, depicted by actress Supriya Vinod as the focus remains on Sanjay Gandhi more than Indira.

The film, sticking to its premise of being a 'fictional depiction' of the Emergency makes several adaptations to the facts, for example by changing the duration of the Emergency and by significantly 'adjusting' the character of Sanjay Gandhi.