Indu Sarkar, a film set in the backdrop of Emergency can be released on Friday. Today the Delhi High Court‘s Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar dismissed a petition filed by Advocate Ujjwal Anand Sharma that sought revocation of the censor board clearance given to film ‘Indu Sarkar’, which is based on 1975-77 Emergency.
The plea filed by Priya Singh Paul, who claims to be the daughter of Sanjay Gandhi, citing grounds that the movie infringes her privacy. She had alleged the film is “full of concocted facts and is totally derogatory”.
Ms Paul suggested that the filmmaker hadn’t heard the last of her. “The game is not over yet. I can come to court seeking defamation against Bhandarkar,” she told NDTV.
Ms Paul had claimed earlier this month that she had been adopted as a baby and only told after she grew up that her biological father was former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay Gandhi, who died in a plane crash in 1980.
Indu Sarkar‘ is based on a 21-month long period, from 1975 to 1977, when the then prime minister Indira Gandhi unilaterally had a state of emergency declared across the country.
Congress workers have held protests against the film, alleging that it
shows their leaders in poor light. Mr Bhandarkar, 48, also had to cancel more than one promotional event for the film due to violence and threats and was given police protection by the Maharashtra government
The court held “national interest or the right to know is more paramount than an individual’s reputation”.
“Exhibition of movie is an artistic expression within the parameters of law and there is no justification to curtail the release of the movie,” the court ruled, holding that the celluloid project was not a document.
“A film’s script has to have a little exaggeration,” the bench said reminding the petitioner that the censor board has already made relevant edits and certified it for release with necessary disclaimers.