Indu Sarkar Movie Review

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Vishal Verma By Vishal Verma | 18 Mar 2017 15:44:09.7100000 IST

''Deshdrohi nahin, sarkar virodhi.'' (anti government, not anti national) this sentiment expressed in Madhur Bhandarkar's cleverly titled period drama INDU SARKAR, if closely monitored gives a sense of a deja vu and on the face of it appears to be a time bomb of a theme. This could have caused a revolution if told in back and forth format travelling between the emergency and the period we are in. If this political mindset was explored to its capacity then a thought provoking chapter in Bollywood cutting edge political drama could have been written. But alas, like reality and cinema, life is beyond if's and but's.


Starring Kirti Kulhari and Neil Nitin Mukesh in pivotal roles, INDU SARKAR is based on one of the most depressing period of India during 1975-77 when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi forced a state of Emergency across the country that curbed the freedom of speech, jailed political opponents and imposed mass sterilization allegedly on males belonging to a certain community.

Instead of giving an intriguing and probing account of the horrific events experienced during the emergency, INDU SARKAR is a fictional story of Indu Kirti Kulhari), an orphan in Delhi who is fighting a lost battle against his stammering meets a Bengali named Naveen Sarkar (Totaroy Chaudhary) on the eve of emergency. Naveen Sarkar is a government official and is a favourite amongst a top politician. Indu and Naveen get married and things are going as per Indu's wish. To settle down with a man, having a house, husband and kids is her only desire.

One day, unfortunately Indu finds herself at the wrong place in the controversial Turkman Gate area. Witness to the ongoing ruckus between the residents of Turkman gate and police over demolition of their houses by the government. Things take a dramatic turn when she brings home two children whose parents go missing in the ruckus that day.

The problem with Madhur Bhandarkar's INDU SARKAR is that it takes a horrific incident from the pages of Indian history during emergency and amazingly titles his flick with the name INDU SARKAR which means INDU (it is said that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was also addressed as 'Indu' by his very trusted associates) and SARKAR (government) and makes a Bollywood drama out of it.

Call it push and pull of art and box office requirements or getting caged by your own belief and faith. The reviewer over here in his opinion has found the filmmaker influenced by his political belief which fails to give this political drama its required justice and much needed edge. The absence of Maneka Gandhi and the extremely sad cutting off of a towering and most influential political personality like JP in this film based on emergency reduces INDU SARKAR into a routine protagonist against the system saga.

Still, INDU SARKAR has its share of highs. The title that serves as a perfect metaphor, Kirti Kulhari performs amazingly as Indu. Neil Nitin Mukesh comes strong as the dominant Sanjay Gandhi and his styling of the late controversial leader is pitched perfect.

If we ignore the names and the history associated with INDU SARKAR characters then it's a much better film but that's not possible. Madhur Bhandarkar is not Shoojit Sircar who can make a brilliant film on IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) Sri Lankan mission like MADRAS CAFE without taking any names.

The above remark doesn't take away the flair and talent Madhur has. He shows flashes of his caliber in INDU SARKAR but isn't consistent enough. Without any doubt INDU SARKAR is far better than his previous dud CLALENDAR GIRLS and the disappointing HEROINE.

INDU SARKAR if done by a new comer would have been called as a better attempt but we expected some tight comment from Madhur who gave us CHANDINI BAR, PAGE 3, FASHION and the underrated SATTA.

Rating 2.5/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kirti Kulhari, Anupam Kher, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Parvin Dabas, Ankur Vikal, Zakir Hussain and Sheeba Chhadha
  • Lyrics: Sanjay Chhel and Puneet Sharma
  • Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
  • Music Director: Anu Malik and Bappi Lahiri
  • Release Date : 28 Jul 2017