Madhur Bhandarkar's political drama based on the Emergency period in India, Indu Sarkar has finally hit the screens today (July 28). Starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Kirti Kulhari, the movie has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. From protests by Congress activists to the cuts suggested by CBFC, Indu Sarkar has been in the news since a few months now. However, it has finally got a good release, but looks like it has failed to impress the audience as well as the top critics. But what exactly did the critics have to say? Read excerpts from their reviews right here:
Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV: Bollywood has never been great with political cinema. Even by those lax standards, Indu Sarkar is the pits. It is high on dramatic flourish, low on impact. So insipid is the 139-minute film, it leaves you wondering why on earth it has seen the light of day unless you deign to consider the political purpose that it serves in the current political scenario. It's hard to find a purely cinematic reason for its existence.
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express: Indu Sarkar doesn’t break fresh ground, even as it does bring alive some of the most disturbing aspects of the time. And we relive it, even as we cringe at the heavy melodrama, and the over-simplification of many of the issues the film raises. (ALSO READ - Indu Sarkar movie review: Madhur Bhandarkar's political drama paints a grim picture of an India that was still struggling to find its identity)
Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times: Madhur Bhandarkar’s latest film starring Kriti Kulhari and Neil Nitin Mukesh has a confused narrative and melodrama that dethrones the attempt to champion the cause of democracy.
Ananya Bhattacharya, India Today: Indu Sarkar is filled to the brim with dialogues that are straight out of a 70s' potboiler, flat characters that are straight out of a bad 70s' potboiler, and a story that is anything but befitting of India's darkest hour post Independence. Madhur Bhandarkar makes his Indu Sarkar less tolerable than even the Indu Sarkar of 1975-77, probably. What Bhandarkar promised was a 'gritty Emergency drama'. Sadly, it can only serve as a jar of Valium for the sleep-deprived. We need a lot more films on the Emergency. But not at the cost of content and execution, please. Two words: Skip this. And if at all you muster up the courage to watch Indu Sarkar, keep a mug of VERY strong coffee handy. You might doze off several times while the Emergency plays out in front of you.
Nihit Bhave, Times of India: Madhur Bhandarkar seems to be taking calculated baby steps back to the time when he insisted on telling real stories as opposed to making superficial subjects seem real. (ALSO READ - Priyanka Chopra's Fashion, Tabu's Chandni Bar - 5 hard-hitting Madhur Bhandarkar movies you should watch before Indu Sarkar)
Sreehari Nair, Rediff: Indu Sarkar is an effective propaganda movie only to the extent that it knows its mission statement and knows whom to shame and whom to take in its stride.
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