SC gives nod to ‘Indu Sarkar’; film to be released today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jul 2017 09:04:46


 

NEW DELHI,

THE Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the release of Bollywood movie ‘Indu Sarkar’ on Friday by dismissing a plea of a woman, who claimed to be the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, for a stay on its screening.


A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, said that the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed movie, which was based on the 1975-1977 Emergency period, was an “artistic expression” within the parameters of the law and there was no justification to stall its scheduled release on Friday.


Bhandarkar’s counsel told the bench, also comprising justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar, cuts suggested by a committee of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) have already been carried out and a disclaimer put in the movie making it absolutely clear that it has no resemblance with any person, living or dead.


“As far as exhibition of the movie is concerned, we are of the convinced opinion that it is an artistic expression within the parameters of the law and there is no justification to curtail the same,” the bench said.


The apex court said that the plea filed by the woman challenging the Bombay High Court’s July 24 judgement was “devoid of merits”. Priya Singh Paul, who claimed to be the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, had moved the apex court against the high court’s verdict dismissing her plea to quash the certificate granted to the movie by the CBFC.