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Kangana Ranaut has donned the director’s hat once again and this time, she will be helming the film titled Emergency based on the life of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
She took to the Koo app to announce this news and also revealed that the project will be penned by Ritesh Shah, who has films like Pink, Kahaani, Kahaani 2, D-Day, Rocky Handsome among others to his credit.
Talking about Emergency, Kangana wrote, “Pleased to wear director’s hat again, after working on Emergency for more than a year I finally figured no one can direct it better than me. Collaborating with fabulous writer Ritesh Shah, even if it means sacrificing on various acting assignments I am determined to do it, my excitement is high. This is going to be a tremendous journey, my leap to another league #Emergency #Indira.”
© Kangana Ranaut Koo App
In an earlier statement, she had said that it’s not a biopic but a political drama.
“It is not the biopic of Indira Gandhi. It is a grand period film. To be precise, it is a political drama that will help my generation to understand the socio-political landscape of current India,” she said.
© Kangana Ranaut Koo App
It will surely be interesting to see a movie on Indira Gandhi and as Kangana stated that it will be more of a political drama, we expect that the movie should cover these aspects.
1. Indira Gandhi became the first woman Prime Minister of India and the third Prime Minister of the country in succession to Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
We expect the movie to delve deeper into the fact that how a woman political leader came into being and what were the discussions that happened around that time when she was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India on 24th January 1966.
The election of a woman as Prime Minister of India caught the attention of the world.
2. She nationalized the 14 largest commercial banks with effect from midnight of 19th July 1969.
It was a big milestone and back then she had told All India Radio, “An institution, such as the banking system, which touches and should touch the lives of millions, has necessarily to be inspired by a larger social purpose and has to subserve national priorities and objectives.”
It will be interesting to see on the big screen how Indira Gandhi took such a huge decision.
3. As the name of the movie suggests, it’s quite evident that the movie will focus on the time period when Indira Gandhi had imposed the Emergency.
It was on June 25, 1975, that the former Prime Minister had taken this decision which changed the socio-political scenario of the country. The Emergency lasted for 21 months and several Opposition leaders were arrested.
4. The movie also should focus on her ideology behind adopting Norman Borlaug’s Green Revolution ideology.
5. The movie should also delve deeper into how the 1984 riots came into being.
In 1984, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, was taken over by Sikh extremists and in response, Gandhi sent Indian troops to regain the temple by force.
This resulted in the mass killing of the Sikhs that turned the community against her. On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi was assassinated outside her home by two of her trusted bodyguards.
We are truly hoping that Kangana focuses heavily on Indira Gandhi’s political career in the movie and does not dramatize it too much.