Director – Madhur Bhandarkar
Cast – Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher, Tota Roy Chowdhury
Genre – Drama
Reviewed By – Paridhi Tripathi
Every time you see a Madhur Bhandarkar story coming, get ready for some reality check to whichever genre he chooses as his theme because boy, the research and its implementation blows away your mind. Bhandarkar has vividly portrayed the story of men in power during a time where the nation was vulnerable and chaotic. These calculative measures are what
Indu Sarkar is a story based on the Emergency period of the nation which happened in the middle of 1970s. The protagonist Indu (Kirti Kulhari) is a fictitious character who plays an orphan and has vocal disabilities. She has faced rejection all her life and somehow accepted it to be a part of it. She finds solace in Navin Sarkar (Tota Roy Chowdhury), who looks her beyond just a stammering girl and is interested more in her wants and desires.
Things change quickly for her after she is married to Navin Sarkar and he becomes an important person of the ruling party during those times. She witnesses riots and chaos and becomes a rebel for her husband who doesn’t want to leave the power. Indu then voices her own self beyond the stammering. The story subtly also covers the other aspect of the emergency through the point of view of Indu Sarkar.
Hats off to the Director for raising up such a bold theme and narrating the story through a woman’s point of view to unmask the reality which had been told in whispers and closed doors. His research and fine understanding of the political scenario then is what makes Indu Sarkar immensely dense and dark.
The characterization of the movie is fantastic. Kirti Kulhari as Indu is exactly how you portray a girl who voices herself despite the barriers. Her dialogue delivery and style of adapting to Indu was bang on for the audience to connect and sympathize with her. Neil Nitin Mukesh plays an antagonist in the movie and makes sure he makes the most out of the role given to him. he is brave enough to fit into the shoes of a political leader who we know didn’t have the right ways to lead a nation. Anupam Kher gives a fine performance and does justice with the role he plays.
The dialogues are the movie are powerful and hits you in the right chord. The background score takes the narrative forward and works as a plus point. The music is passable and, the song where the lyrics are entwined with Neil’s character is exceptional well written.
Indu Sarkar may not be liked by some due to the heaviness of the historical facts, but if you have a knack in the historical politics, this one is for you! A special mention to the makers for taking up a subject which even our history books didn’t have a detailed description. You can totally count on this one if you want to know the history of our political leaders!