Le­gal no­tice from San­jay Gandhi’s ‘daugh­ter’?

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Sub­hash K Jha

There’s hardly a month left for the re­lease of Mad­hur Bhan­darkar’s film, Indu Sarkar, which recre­ates the events dur­ing the Emer­gency of 1977 in In­dia. And guess what? A wo­man who claims to be the daugh­ter of Congress politi­cian and for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi’s late son, San­jay Gandhi, has sent a le­gal no­tice to di­rec­tor Bhan­darkar, pro­ducer Bharat Shah, Venka­iah Naidu, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion & Broad­cast­ing, and Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani, the chair­per­son of the Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CBFC), to stop the CBFC from giv­ing it a go-ahead. In a four-page le­gal no­tice (HT has a copy of the no­tice) dated June 23, Gur­gaon-based Priya Singh Paul claims that she has come to know that her “fa­ther” San­jay Gandhi and her grand­mother Indira Gandhi (played by ac­tors Neil Nitin Mukesh and Supriya Vinod in the film), are shown in roles “with­out ac­cu­rate or with suf­fi­cient his­tor­i­cal data” and may be shown in “poor light”. It asks for the re­lease to be stopped un­til she is shown the film and gives her nod. The re­cip­i­ents of this star­tling le­gal no­tice have been given a week to re­spond. While Bhan­darkar re­fused to com­ment, Ni­ha­lani says, “We had no idea Shri San­jay Gandhi had an­other child be­sides Varun Gandhi. The no­tice says Ms Priya Paul Singh is his ‘bi­o­log­i­cal child’. Un­less the Gandhi pari­vaar ac­knowl­edges her claims, we can’t act on Ms Singh’s ob­jec­tions to the film.”

Indira Gandhi with son, San­jay Gandhi

Film­maker Mad­hur Bhan­darkar

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