Congress protest stalls 'Indu Sarkar' promo

Vincent Carr
July 16, 2017

Congress members agitating outside Hotel Crown Plaza on Saturday. He was supposed to leave for Mumbai by a 7 o'clock flight, but had to reschedule it.

However, Congress's Pawan Khera said the party has nothing to do with these protests and questioned if the workers were even from the Congress. They blocked the lobby and porch and sat on a dharna. We can not let anyone tarnish the image of Indira Gandhi.

Furthermore, reiterating Nirupam's request, Maharashtra Leader of Opposition (LoP) Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil wrote to state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to intervene in the matter revolving around the controversial movie ' Indu Sarkar' based on the Emergency imposed by former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Police arrived on the spot and cordoned off the area immediately. But, since 1pm, the local party workers had started a protest outside their hotel. "They were released in the evening", said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Pravin Mundhe. Later, Bhandarkar tweeted, "Congress workers hv barged in the Hotel lobby & created a ruckus, me & team are stranded like hostages in hotel room". But before he reached there he got to know that Congress workers were already there to disrupt his program and hence he cancelled it. He avoided talking to us at three NIBM Road hotel, Crown Plaza Hotel and Suryadatta Institute.

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While the film has faced 16 cuts from the Censor Board, the director has attracted the wrath of the Congress workers over some portions of the film that they find objectionable.

An extremely pissed Madhur later shared a video as the members protested against him and wrote, "Its baffling to see self proclaimed custodians of #freedomOfExpression creating huge ruckus to prevent a legitimate release of #InduSarkar". Since the last three hours, we have been locked in one room. To ensure that no law and order situation is created, cops detained nearly 25 Congress members.

Scheduled to be released on July 28, the film is set in the backdrop of the Emergency of 1975, narrating the story of Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi, and stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kirti Kulhari, Anupam Kher, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Supriya Vinod. So, they came here to protest. Police said the party had held the protest without taking permission from them. "So we have taken legal action against them and detained them".

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