A woman, claiming to be the secret daughter of Sanjay Gandhi, on Monday alleged that the upcoming movie Indu Sarkar portrays the late Congress leader and his mother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi in bad light.
Priya Singh Paul, who has moved the Tis Hazari Court in New Delhi claiming that her adoption papers were forged, told a press conference that a misrepresentation in the film prompted her to speak up.
Paul, 48, last month had said she has moved the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) against clearing the film.
Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of Indira Gandhi, died in an air crash in 1980. The filmmakers have admitted that the film is 30 per cent facts and 70 per cent fiction.
"But these socalled facts lead to a fiction. This has been cleverly done to influence a reasonable viewer to make an obvious connect," Paul said. She said she was not hankering for media attention and decided to come out as a wrong impression was being created about her father.
One Goswami Sushil-ji Maharaj, who claims to have been a friend of Sanjay Gandhi, has filed an affidavit in the court, claiming that he was well aware that Sanjay had a girl child, born before his marriage. Paul said she had been adopted as a baby and claimed she was told about Sanjay Gandhi being her biological father after she grew up.
Indu Sarkar, which is set against the backdrop of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975, has courted trouble in the recent weeks, with Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam demanding that it be separately screened for him.
However, its director Madhur Bhandarkar has turned down Nirupam's request, stating he will not hold separate screening for any political party. Indu Sarkar is due to be released on July 28.
"You never question a journalist writing articles on 40 years of Emergency, in which he mentions names. You never question an author who has dedicated books to emergency, or the tremendous amount of documentaries made about the era," Bhandarkar said.