SC says a film needs 'a little drama', refuses to stay release of Indu Sarkar
Indu Sarkar, directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, is set against the backdrop of the Emergency. Photograph: (Others)
The Supreme Court of India has refused to stay the release of the movie "Indu Sarkar".
"Exhibition of movie is an artistic expression within the parameters of law and there is no justification to curtail the release of the movie," the court said.
It added that "A film's script has to have a little drama and exaggeration."
The stay had been asked for Priya Singh Paul, who claims to be the late Sanjay Gandhi's biological daughter.
She had alleged the film was "full of concocted facts" and that it was "totally derogatory".
The words Indu Sarkar are a reference to the government of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The movie is set against the backdrop of the Emergency, a 21-month period between 1975-77 when Indira Gandhi suspended the constitution, allowing herself to rule by decree.
The movie is directed by Madhur Bhandarkar.
The movie has already been attacked by Congress workers, with Bhandarkar having to cancel a number of promotional events because of the threat of violence.
The Congress party has distanced itself from the attacks, saying the people doing the attacking are not its workers.
Indu Sarkar releases on Friday.
The Congress has asked for a special screening of Bhandarkar's film to make certain Indira Gandhi is not shown in an unflattering light in the film. The movie is set during the Emergency (WION)