The story focuses more on Indu, the girl with Emergency playing the backdrop
Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Supriya Vinod, Anupam Kher, Tota Roy Chowdhury
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
What’s Good: Story, direction, music
What’s Bad: Less focus on emergency
Loo Break: During interval
Watch or Not?: I would recommend this.
The story focuses more on Indu, the girl with Emergency playing the backdrop.
Coming from Madhur Bhandarkar, who boasts of films like Page 3, Traffic Signaland Chandi Bar, a more hard hitting tale was expected.
Thanks to the protests and political pressure the film faced before its release, the story has been toned down to that of a girl’s fight against the system and how her life gets affected during Emergency.
Indu’s character appears to be a representative of those common people who raised their voice against the system after remaining silent for months until they could no longer stay silent. Indu is introvert so I don’t know if I can call it a transition of her character from a stammering and obedient housewife to a rebel.
There is a reference to “Mummy” by “chief” but neither Indira Gandhi nor Sanjay Gandhi is named in the film. Neil Nitin’s physical resemblance to Sanjay Gandhi is interesting but for once he is not named or mentioned. His subordinates refer to him as chief.
The film has some very powerful dialogues like, “aur aap log zindagi bhar maa bete ki ghulami karte raho” and “Is desh mein Gandhi ke maine badal rahe hain”.
Indu Sarkar Review: The Last Word
A nicely narrated story of how common people’s lives were impacted during an emergency. I would recommend watching this one.