Indu Sarkar is a 2017 Indian political thriller film, co-written, co-produced and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. The story screenplay of the movie is written by Anil Pandey and Madhur Bhandarkar and the dialogues are penned by Sanjay Chhel . Indu Sarkar is produced under the banner of Bhandarkar Entertainment and Mega Bollywood Private Limited. The film is set in the period of the emergency in India, i.e. the 21-month-long period from 1975 to 1977 when there was a state of emergency across the country. According to Madhur Bhandarkar 70% story is fictional and 30% is true.
The film stars Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Supriya Vinod. The music is composed by Anu Malik and Bappi Lahiri. The film was released on 28 July 2017 with few cuts.The film generated controversy since the time its trailer got released. Indian National Congress supporters heavily criticised the director Bhandarkar’s attempt to portray former Prime Minister of India Mrs.Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi in a bad light. However, the director clarified that it was not a biopic on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi under whose regime the Emergency was declared in the country in 1975. Sanjay Gandhi’s alleged daughter Priya Singh Paul approached the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on the film. However Bombay High Court rejected the plea after Paul failed to present solid evidence of her association with the lineage of Sanjay Gandhi. Just two days before the release Paul moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the release of the movie after Bombay High Court dismissed her plea. The Supreme Court also refused to stay the release of the film and quoted it as “The movie is an artistic expression within the parameters of law.”
After the release of the film several supporters of the Indian National Congress protested and even tried to stall the show of the film. Congress and BJP workers clashed in front of a cinema hall in Indore. Police used canes to disperse the BJP and Congress workers who came to blows.
Finally film was released on 28 July 2017 around 825 screens across India with few cuts.