New Delhi, July 16: Congress workers reportedly prevented filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar from promoting his upcoming movie Indu Sarkar in Nagpur on Sunday. The party cadre are irked with the alleged derogatory depiction of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Bhandarkar’s next feature. Disappointed with the Congress intervening in the promotion of his work, the noted filmmaker called out Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on social media, questioning him over the “freedom of expression” being allegedly denied to him by the “hooliganism” of his party workers.

“Dear @OfficeOfRG after Pune I have 2 cancel today’s PressCon at Nagpur.Do you approve this hooliganism? Can I have my Freedom of Expression? (sic),” Bhandarkar posted on Twitter. ALSO READ: ‘Indu Sarkar’ Pune promo event cancelled after threats from Congress

Bhandarkar’s press conference in Nagpur was cancelled today after local Congress workers staged demonstration against the movie. The cancellation of the press show came after a similar meet with the media was cancelled in Pune. “We are frightened to promote our work. This is hooliganism. We were forced to cancel our press conference in several cities, including Ahmedabad and Bengaluru,” Bhandarkar told reporters. “I cannot understand why they are scared of one movie,” he added.

Hours after Bhandarkar’s jibe against Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leadership struck back, accusing him of resorting to cheap tactics for publicity. “Madhur Bhandarkar is trying all that he can for selling his film. But the Congress party wants to convey one message to him. Indira Gandhi ji continues to live in the hearts of millions of Indians. People, across the nation, revere Indira ji as one of their own, who selflessly worked for their them. No movie can deteriorate her image in the hearts of Indians,” senior party leader Manish Tewari said.