Film-maker Madhur Bhandarkar, whose latest film Indu Sarkar has run into controversy, hit back at the media fraternity and those attacking him today for their selective outrage.
The film – based on the emergency during Indira Gandhi’s term as prime minister has seen widespread protests from the Indian National Congress with the party’s Mumbai unit writing a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) – the censor board – to ensure that Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi are not shown in poor light. Congress workers earlier disrupted the film’s promotions, forcing Bhandarkar to cancel events in Pune and Nagpur. The CBFC has demanded 14 cuts in the movie.
Bhandarkar was part of a discussion on the film with journalist Sagarika Ghosh on India Today when the latter asked Bhandarkar ‘where he was’ when the censor board and members of the public had earlier targetted Anurag Kashyap’s Udta Punjab and Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Bhandarkar took to Twitter to air his views on the matter. He had come out strongly in favour of both films, defending the right to freedom of expression. While Udta Punjab had scenes cut for its alleged negative portrayal of Punjab, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil generated outrage from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thakeray for starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.