Indu Sarkar Trailer Misleading, Sanjay Gandhi’s ‘Secret’ Daughter Lashes Out


New Delhi: A woman who claims to be Sanjay Gandhi’s daughter on Monday alleged that the trailer of the movie Indu Sarkar is shocking and grossly misleading in its portrayal of the late Congress leader.

“I was shocked to see the trailer of the movie, which is so misleading. In one scene, a man resembling Sanjay Gandhi says ‘Ye sarkar chaabuk (whip) se chalti hai’, and in the very next scene, a woman is shown being whipped in prison and later rape, which is completely misleading depiction of Sanjay Gandhi who I once met and found a very gentle being, and from accounts I have heard from people who knew him,” said Priya Singh Paul at a press conference here.

Paul said she even sent a legal notice to the film’s director Madhur Bhandarkar, objecting to the same issue late last month. A former media professional, Paul said that she was adopted by her foster parents Shiela Singh Paul and Balwant Paul in 1968, the year of her birth.

While addressing mediapersons, Ms Paul claimed that she was born in 1968 and adopted in 1974, and that the reason given for her adoption was that since her biological father was in politics, the child was required to stay separately for sometime.

However, no reaction was forthcoming from Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, the widow of Sanjay Gandhi, or their son, BJP MP Varun Gandhi, on the woman’s claim.

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The National Award-winning filmmaker’s movie is based on the Emergency in India and characters in the films are inspired by the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi. It stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kirti Kulhari, Supriya Vinod, Anupam Kher and Tota Roy Chowdhury.

Recently, Madhur also tweeted how he was appalled at the 14 cuts that the movie received from CBFC. He added that he will get the movie reviewed again by the Reviewing Committee.

Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of Indira Gandhi, died in an air crash in 1980. The filmmakers have admitted that the film is 30 per cent facts and 70 per cent fiction.

Indu Sarkar, which is set against the backdrop of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975, has courted trouble in the recent weeks, with Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam demanding that it be separately screened for him.

However, its director Madhur Bhandarkar has turned down Nirupam’s request, stating he will not hold separate screening for any political party. Indu Sarkar is due to be released on July 28.

“You never question a journalist writing articles on 40 years of Emergency, in which he mentions names. You never question an author who has dedicated books to emergency, or the tremendous amount of documentaries made about the era,” Bhandarkar lamented.