Indu Sarkar, national award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar’s new directorial venture is on the downward slope at the box office. The film hit cinema screens on friday 28 July and raked in approximately 3.55 crores in its first weekend. But ever since Monday, the film has barely managed to bring in the crowds to the cinema screens. The film earned roughly 40 lakhs on monday and the tuesday figure is expected to be even lower, which is pretty dismal. This takes the film’s 5 day box office collection total to a little over 4 crore.
Indu Sarkar is set against the backdrop of the emergency time span that lasted from 1975 to 1977. This movie is positioned during this dreadful 21 month interval, which saw Indira Gandhi, who was the prime minister then, announce a state of emergency throughout the nation. And this declaration was a unilateral one. The film’s star cast includes Kirti Kulhari playing the titular role, Neil Nitin Mukesh as Sanjay Gandhi, Supriya Vinod playing Indira Gandhi with Total Roy Chowdhary, Anupam Kher, Parvin Dabbas, Ankur Vikal and Zakir Hussain playing pivotal roles.
The film faced innumerable oppositions and hurdles to get a release. The Congress party in particular was not in favor of the film being screened as they believed it showed their late leaders in bad light. Supreme Court passed an order in favor of the makers of the film and held that national interest will always paramount any particular individual’s reputation. Madhur Bhandarkar was ecstatic with the judgement and hailed the honourable court for upholding an artist’s creative freedom.
But once Indu Sarkar hit cinema screens, several news reports came in that spoke about congress party workers disrupting the film’s screening at various theaters across the country. Due the censor board issues, the film is yet to release overseas. But the director of the film is positive that he will be able to get an international release soon and also intends to take the film to several film festivals across the globe.
Though, as of now the film’s box office fate doesn’t seem bright. Come back for more updates.