So You Think You Can Make Political Films, Bollywood?

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So You Think You Can Make Political Films, Bollywood?

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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adhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar opens with declarations of the Emergency, blaring from radios and newspapers, fittingly highlighted with a shot of the famous blank editorial in the Indian Express. But the film’s true beginning point, one that sets its tone and intentions for the next 140 minutes, is the customary disclaimer that precedes the declaration. Repeated in Hindi, and English, the long-winded disclaimer puts forth the claim that all characters and incidents portrayed in the film are fictional, that it is a figment of the filmmaker’s imagination, despite it being based on the Emergency, a real period in the annals of India’s history.

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