The Supreme Court has refused to stay the release of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar, saying that it cannot curb artistic freedom. The movie has been set in the backdrop of the emergency. A petition filed to stop the film’s release by a woman who claims to be Sanjay Gandhi’s biological daughter had asked the apex court to halt its release. That petition was dismissed today.
The Supreme Court today held that “national interest or the right to know is more paramount than an individual’s reputation.”
It went on to suggest that the “exhibition of a movie is an artistic expression within the parameters of law and there is no justification to curtail the release of the movie.” More importantly, the Court said that a movie was not the equivalent of a piece of historical document. “A film’s script has to have a little drama and exaggeration,” NDTV reported.
After a lot of delays, the Censor Board had finally cleared Indu Sarkar last Friday. However, Priya Singh Paul, 48, who claims she is Sanjay Gandhi’s biological daughter, had asked that Indu Sarkar be shelved as it was “full of concocted facts and is totally derogatory.”
Paul’s plea was heard and dismissed by a bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitav Roy, and A.M. Khanwilkar.
News 18 quoted the bench: “The filmmaker has submitted a disclaimer that will be shown before the movie saying all characters and incidents of the movie are fictitious and bears no resemblance to any living or dead person. The censor board has also already granted certificate (sic) to the movie after initially asking the filmmaker to cut some scenes.”
On July 24, Paul had moved the apex court after the Bombay High Court refused to entertain the plea. The HC had stated that none of Sanjay Gandhi’s descendants had objected to the film’s premise or release.
Indu Sarkar stars Kirti Kulhari, Anupam Kher, Neil Nitin Mukesh, and Tota Roy Chowdhury, and has been co-produced, co-written, and directed by well-known filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar. Now that the SC has cleared the movie, it will release on July 28.