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‘Indu Sarkar’: NOC not required from family

Censor board chairman Pahlaj Nihalani says he’s glad that a movie about the Emergency is being made

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While the makers of a film about former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be asked to get a no objection certificate (NOC) from the man himself, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar can heave a sigh of relief for Indu Sarkar — a film about the Indira Gandhi-declared Emergency.

Indu Sarkar won’t have to get an NOC from anyone in the Congress party or the Gandhi family, says censor board chairman Pahlaj Nihalani.

Emergency was a 21-month period from 1975 to 1977 when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency in the country.

Nihalani said: “I saw Madhur’s trailer, and I want to congratulate him for blowing the lid off one of the most shameful chapters of Indian politics. This was a time when the nation was put in the most embarrassing spotlight in the global arena. Many of our biggest leaders had to go to jail during the Emergency. Indian people’s morale had hit rock-bottom.”

But what happened to the rule that says no film about real incidents and situations can be passed without NOCs from the concerned people?

Nihalani said: “Indu Sarkar does not name anyone. There is no mention of Mrs Indira Gandhi or Sanjay Gandhi or anyone else in the trailer. You are only presuming the film is about the people you mention because of the physical resemblance.”

“I didn’t hear anyone’s name mentioned in the trailer. If they are mentioned in the film, we’ll see. At the moment, I am glad someone has made a film on the Emergency.”