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Indu Sarkar Film Review: Much hullabaloo about a mundane film
Director Madhur Bhandarkar is known to make movies that look to expose the dark realities and the hidden truths of the society. This time, the director has chosen the subject of 'Emergency'.

Rating: 3/5

Director: Madhur Bhandarkar

Cast: Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Supriya Vinod

Genre: Political drama

Duration: 2 hours 19 minutes

Bhandarkar tries to capture the dark period of Emergency rule in his movie 'Indu Sarkar'. Following the subject, the film deals with the 21-month-long period of Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and that's the reason the Congress party has been opposing the movie expressing its concerns and objections over the film's subject.

Although actors Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Tota Roy Chaudhary, Supriya Vinod and Anupam Kher are good in their respective roles, the main protagonist of the film is ‘Indu’ (Kirti Kulhari), an introvert orphan who wants to become a writer and poet. Her teachers always advices her to get married and settle her home, and she grows up thinking that her teacher’s advice is probably best for her.

But, deep within, Indu yearns to achieve her ambitions. However, her communication disorder does not allow for it. Later, when an adult Indu decides to get married, she faces rejection from many men due to her speech disorder. After that, the focus of the story shifts to the period of Emergency and on how Indu’s life gets drastically affected post the developments.

Kulhari’s character has been given more powerful dialogues making her outshine all other characters of the film. Her expressions and body language make her act even more commendable. Besides Kirti, Indu Sarkar features Neil Nitin Mukesh and Anupam Kher in other key roles.

Overall, Bhandarkar’s hard work, research, impeccable direction and cinematic recreation of the era seem outstanding which make Indu Sarkar a must watch. Apart from this, the atmosphere of unrest related to the Emergency period has been perfectly executed.

However, lack of showing genuine concern and concealing original facts related to the era behind over-the-top political drama are the biggest flaws of the film, as Bhandarkar had himself said, “It is 70 per cent fiction and 30 per cent truth.”

While, amid all the attention given to the Emergency period, the intensity of Indu’s character gets lost. If you are interested in politics and want to watch a political drama on the Emergency period only then ‘Indu Sarkar’ will offer some interest for you.

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