#InduSarkar (2017) 🎬
Dir. Madhur Bhandarkar | Rating: 3/5
I'm not anti-nationalist, I'm anti-government, says Indu Sarkar (character's name & a smart title), while the could've been a good political thriller also becomes relevant to the present time.
Kirti Kulhari's character who stammers, stands as a metaphor for the people of democracy whose speech was deprived. The film opens with Police forcefully dumping a community and taking them to the "vasectomy camps" - Madhur Bhandarkar brings alive the "Emergency Period" in a less outrageous manner.
Set in the Emergency Period - Indu’s husband, a government employee, believes in using the state of Emergency to advance his career, but a moral and ideological discrepancy sets her on a own path.
While the script lingers around the emotional and political dilemma of a person, a road taken sometimes can lead to a struggle kind of. It wages a new war post-Independence, this time it takes place in the democracy and by the appointed people by the democracy. Bhandarkar takes a simple route and he is evidently a fine director, proves yet again.
Powerful scenes make the way for a neat political drama, for instance, the sequence when Kishor Kumar's songs were banned and the conflict between Indu vs. Her Husband. But, everything is marred by the clumsy and shoddy editing - even much of the sequences looked superficial. Blame it on Censor? Kirti Kulhari shoulders the film exceptionally and earnestly. Neil Nitin Mukesh, though in a shorter role than expect pulls it smoothly. It was a delight to watch Parvin Dabas back on screen in a character role.
But, Madhur Bhandarkar seems to have compromised and taken less risk in showing the real brutality and hard-hitting effect of the Emergency Period. It's selectiveness brings down the film. And the brown tint helps to give a feeling of the 70s, but doesn't necessarily take us back - instead makes relevance in the present.
Basically, it's a game of Chess and not Kabaddi.
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