‘Aandhi’… This film was banned because of Indira Gandhi’s ad, was the government’s ‘Hunter’ also played?

About 48 years ago, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had declared an Emergency in the country. That emergency period is considered the black chapter in the history of Indian democracy. In one fell swoop, India was transformed from a democracy to a dictatorship.

Hindi cinema blockbuster ‘Sholay’ had to suffer huge losses due to the Emergency. In fact, in the last part of the film, Thakur Baldev Singh is shown to be about to kill Gabbar, when the police arrive and remind him that he was once a police officer. That is why they must respect the law. Then Thakur hands Gabbar over to the police. Although the director of the film, Ramesh Sippy, did not want this. In fact, he had previously shown in the film that Thakur kills Gabbar. But the censorship board changed the climax in the interest of the rule of law.

Something similar happened with the film ‘Aandhi’ starring Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen. Which was banned during the Emergency. Actually, this movie showed the life of Indira Gandhi and how she had a relationship with her husband separated from her.

But when the film was banned, the excitement of watching it increased even more in the audience. Then in the year 1977, after the defeat of the Congress, the Janata Party government approved the release of this film and it was released on the government TV channel.

According to the news, the story of this movie was based on Emergency. Which was made by Amrit Nahata in 1974. Then the government banned it in the year 1975. Not only this, the government also confiscated all copies of this movie.

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This 1978 film shows the excesses during the Emergency. Ice. Duplicates of all the popular heroes of the time acted in this film directed by Johar. After the film was released, it was banned for portraying Indira Gandhi’s government in a bad light. Despite this, the film gained much popularity through home video and satellite broadcasts.

Let’s just say that apart from the movies, the government also banned many Kishore Kumar songs from All India Radio and Doordarshan. It is said that his songs were banned because he refused to attend the Indian National Congress rally in Mumbai.

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