Mumbai, Jul 17 (PTI) Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar was today provided with a security cover by the Maharashtra government in the wake of several protests the director has been facing for his upcoming film “Indu Sarkar”.

The development comes after Bhandarkar had to cancel the promotional events of his movie in Pune and Nagpur, fearing wrath of Congress workers who had gathered to protest the film’s release.

According to the sources close to Bhandarkar, he has been given a security cover of two personnel, by his side, till the film does not release.

A senior police official confirmed the news and said Mumbai Police have provided “adequate security” to Bhandarkar.

Congress has objected to the film, set against the Emergency era, saying it has portrayed Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi in a bad light.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam demanded that the film should be screened before senior party leaders to allay their concerns of any defamatory references to the Gandhi family.

A press conference for the promotion of “Indu Sarkar” had to be cancelled in Nagpur yesterday, after the Congress workers protested against the film.

A day earlier, event of the movie at Pune too, was cancelled after few Congress workers took to protest against the Kirti Kulhari starrer.

Bhandarkar had tweeted saying that the team was stranded “like hostages in the hotel room” in Pune when the press conference was opposed in the city.

The film is scheduled to release on July 28.

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