Film: Indu Sarkar
Cast: Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher, Tota Roy Chowdhury
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Producer: Bharat Shah, Bhandarkar Entertainment
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Indu Sarkar is (reportedly) a fictional account of the most tormenting 21 months that a recently free India had to face until then: the Emergency, where the characters, (and even their names and appearances) are inspired by real life politicians. The story is told through the eyes of Kirti’s Indu Sarkar which chronicles the fictional events during the Emergency that eventually lead to her son, Chief (Neil Nitin Mukesh) calling the shots. Can this Madhur Bhandarkar political drama break his long running box office curse? Let’s find out!
We shall not delve into the plot too much, but rest assured, it is an interesting one which is set against a backdrop of an India which is still ecstatic about their recently received freedom and confused about what to do with it. At this point, India is in what you’d consider the definition of existential crisis due to being ruled by the Brits for the longest time. The setting seems just perfect and on-point.
As far as the characters are concerned, let’s talk about the show stealer out here, Kirti Kulhari, who has perfectly played her role of someone who inspires you to voice your opinion and keep your cool in situations which demand it without being too preachy. Like Pink, there is also a courtroom scene here, which she gets on-point. Her character stammers but is never afraid to say what she has to say, even though it will take some time and that is something which drew us to the character instantly. Hats off, Kirti!
On the other hand, we also had the talented Neil Nitin Mukesh and Anupam Kher as a part of this ensemble who, very surprisingly had very underwritten, or some would even say puny, characters to play. It is understood that the film will be from the eyes of Kirti, but having a meaty supporting leads wouldn’t have hurt. We have no complaints with anybody else, apart from the fact that the ruling government at the time has been shown as nearly faceless, which is VERY SURPRISING for a political drama.
The first half will keep you engaged, and the second half will keep you yawning. Yet, if you are a fan of political drama, this film will be absolutely worth your time and money. If not, you have to watch it for Kirti. Bhandarkar might just be having a Fashion in his hand which might break his box office spell.