A woman claiming to be the daughter of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay Gandhi has alleged that Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming movie Indu Sarkar portrays her father and grandmother in bad light, reported PTI on Tuesday. Priya Singh Paul said at a press conference that the “misrepresentation” in the film had prompted her to “break her silence”.
In June, Paul had announced that she had moved the Central Board of Film Certification against clearing Indu Sarkar. “The filmmakers have admitted that the movie is 30% facts and 70% fiction,” she said. “But these so-called facts lead to a fiction. This has been cleverly done to influence a reasonable viewer to make an obvious connect.”
She further said that she was “shocked to see the trailer of the movie”, claiming that it was a “completely misleading depiction of Sanjay Gandhi, who I once met and found a very gentle being”, IANS reported. She said she even sent a legal notice to the film’s director Madhur Bhandarkar.
Paul also stressed that she was not “hankering for media attention”, and that she had decided to speak up because Indu Sarkar was creating the wrong impression about her supposed father.
She claimed she had been adopted as a baby in 1968 and was told that Sanjay Gandhi was her biological father after she grew up.
More legal trouble for Indu Sarkar
Meanwhile, one Goswami Sushil-ji Maharaj, who claims to have been a Sanjay Gandhi’s friend, has filed an affidavit in court. He has claimed he was “well aware” that Sanjay Gandhi had a daughter before his marriage.
Bhandarkar’s July 28 release is set during the 21-month-long Emergency. The movie’s main villain appears to be Sanjay Gandhi, who declares in the film that “the Emergency will work not on emotions, but my orders”.