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'Indu Sarkar' Protest Has Nothing To Do With Congress, Says Congress Leader

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| July 16 , 2017 , 19:35 IST

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar after having to cancel his press briefing in Nagpur due to Congress's protest, took to twitter in complaint asking Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi whether he approved of this protest.

He tweeted, "Dear Rahul Gandhi, after Pune I have to cancel today's Press Conference at Nagpur. Do you approve this hooliganism? Can I have my Freedom of Expression?"

The notable filmmaker had to cancel a promotional event in Pune for his upcoming film Indu Sarkar. A day later, he also had to cancel a press briefing in Nagpur due to the same protest there as well.

The Congress Protest in Pune was against the movie Indu Sarkar which portrays the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and his son Sanjay Gandhi in the time period of Emergency. Local Congress workers, On Saturday, barged the hotel where filmmaker and crew were staying and held protests against the movie.

However, the Nagpur protest was led by local leader Umakant Agnihotri. Mr. Agnihotri, after the protest, said, "Congress workers will not allow Mr. Bhandarkar to promote his film anywhere across the country it may assassinate the character of the Party's icon Indira Gandhi."

He said, "This was absolutely shocking... What is the problem if I make a film on Emergency?"

However, Pawan Khera of Congress said that the party has "nothing to do" with these protests. He even questioned whether the protesters were even of the Congress Party. "The Congress party absolutely distances itself from these kinds of protests. We criticise it, we condemn it," he told the media.

In his press briefing, the filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar was supposed to talk about his upcoming film Indu Sarkar. However, due to constant disruptions by these protests, he called off the event. The filmmaker expressed his anger on the issue saying, "baffling to see self-proclaimed custodians of freedom of expression creating huge ruckus".