After a few disappointing films and the miserable failure of Calendar Girls, we had the right to ask where Madhur Bhandarkar of Chandni Bar and Fashion had been. Formerly a brilliant director who has been acclaimed at the National Awards, it must be admitted that the filmmaker seemed to be making a self-cartoon with his latest films, which revolved around similar themes treated with less and less subtlety and talent.
Thus when the latter announced Indu Sarkar, a political film based on real facts telling the story of a woman standing up against the state of emergency declared by Sanjay Gandhi and Indira Gandhi from 1975 to 1977, we hope for a long-awaited renewal of his cinema. Especially since on the casting side, the talent is at the rendezvous.
The film is carried by Kirti Kulhari in lead role, the brilliant actress who has distinguished herself in Shaitan and PINK, two unforgettable independent films. She is accompanied by Neil Nitin Mukesh whose resemblance to Sanjay Gandhi is striking, with Anupam Kher in a secondary role, who is accustomed to films on national issues. So will the director succeed in his bet with Indu Sarkar? Will he be able to regain his critical and sharp eye on Indian society while changing context, time and theme? Here's the trailer:
After watching this trailer, we can most hope that Madhur Bhandarkar is indeed back! Indu Sarkar, a careful production of an interesting 1970s reconstruction in India, is the revolt of the greatest Indian political films of recent years. We can also think of Rajneeti from Prakash Jha (another very talented director who goes around in circles in recent years) with the theme of a woman very far from the political world that will gradually defy a whole government.
The spirit of insurrection seems palpable and one senses a rise and intensity as one progresses in this trailer. Kirti Kulhari is impressive, appearing at the same time captivating and credible in a delicate role with the different shades. For his part, Neil Nitin Mukesh is also perfectly in his place and seems to embody seriously his role as a politician.
Beyond the themes that can recall the films of Jha, Bhandarkar makes sure to add to the subject a strong and inspired direction. One of the most brilliant independent filmmakers of the 2000s will perhaps be back with this film. Indu Sarkar is, therefore, a celebration not to be missed for moviegoers! Hoping that the film will get noticed in the midst of the countless summer releases. The release is scheduled on July 28, 2017.