Sanjay Gandhi’s ‘daughter’ sends legal notice to ‘Indu Sarkar’ maker Bhandarkar

In a shocking and surprising twist, a woman who claimed to be the daughter of late politician Sanjay Gandhi, has sent a legal to director Madhur Bhandarkar, to stop the release of his upcoming film ‘Indu Sarkar’. The legal notice was also sent to Information & Broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Central Board of Film Certification chairman Pahlaj Nihalani, as well as producer Bharat Shah.

‘Indu Sarkar’, starring Neil Nitin Mukesh in the role of Sanjay Gandhi and Supriya Vinod as slain prime minister Indira Gandhi, is set in the backdrop of the 21-month long Emergency period from 1975 to 1977, when Indira Gandhi unilaterally declared a state of emergency across the country. The plot revolves around a stammering poetess, played by Kirti Kulhari, who rebels against the system.

In her four-page notice dated June 23, the woman named Priya Singh Paul stated that she has come to know that the characters of her “father” Sanjay Gandhi and her grandmother Indira Gandhi are portrayed in the film “without accurate or with sufficient historical data” and may be shown in “poor light”. The legal notice has sought that the release of the film should be stopped until Gurgaon-based Priya is shown the film and approved by her. It has given one week’s time to the recipients to respond.

While Bhandarkar refused to comment, Nihalani expresses bafflement over the content of the legal notice. He was quoted as saying, “We had no idea Shri Sanjay Gandhi had another child besides Varun Gandhi. The notice says Ms Priya Paul Singh is Shri Sanjay Gandhi’s ‘biological child’. It further says that this matter has come to light recently. We are not sure the Gandhi parivar is aware of this new family member. But unless the family acknowledges Ms Singh’s claims, we can’t act on her objections to ‘Indu Sarkar’.”