- Congress activists barged into hotel where event was to be held in Pune
- Party protests Emergency-era film which they say defames Gandhi family
- Director denies, says double standards by 'custodians of free speech'
Mr Bhandarkar, 48, said the crew had been stranded inside a hotel room like hostages for three hours with the Congress workers protesting in the hotel lobby. "This was absolutely shocking... What is the problem if I make a film on Emergency?," Mr Bhandarkar told NDTV over the phone.
However, Congress's Pawan Khera said the party has "nothing to do" with these protests and questioned if the workers were even from the Congress. "The Congress party absolutely distances itself from these kinds of protests. We criticise it, we condemn it," he told NDTV.
Indu Sarkar, which will release on July 28, deals with the controversial state of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975, a period of deep unrest which saw civil liberties being suspended across the country.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) later suggested 12 cuts and two disclaimers in the film. Mr Bhandarkar had been asked to remove words like RSS and Akali from Indu Sarkar.
The film stars Supriya Vinod as former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Neil Nitin Mukesh plays Sanjay Gandhi.
(With inputs from IANS)