Gross political satire renowned mainly as a censorship scandal during the Emergency. The original version of the film attacking Indira Gandhi’s rule was apparently destroyed by Sanjay Gandhi’s men. Its fate was later linked to the Turkman Gate carnage in Delhi as examples of the authoritarianism of the regime. Nahata remade the film after the Emergency was lifted. The film has its villainous politician (Dutt) mouthing flowery rhetoric, usually addressing a character who stands for ‘the people’, Janata (Azmi). After several allusions to the Emergency, the politician rapes Janata. Nahata, who introduced the remake, later joined the Congress Party and disowned the film.
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Kissaa Kursi Ka was getting made in 1974, it was ready to release in 1975 but the government didn't allow its release as a period of emergency had been declared. The movie was one of the first, if not first, political satires of Hindi cinema. The movies print and negatives were confiscated and destroyed (against Supreme Courts orders, which said to maintain them). The movie allegedly was a spoof of Sanjay Gandhi and Congress at that time. The director tried remaking the movie, replacing some actors (such as replacing Shabana Azmi with a better looking model etc), but failed to make an impact. The director went on to ask 1 crore as a compensation, because he felt that the movie could've become a blockbuster if released originally. One can't ignore the amount of positive reviews the limitedly viewed film got. The movie was mentioned in articles about the recent ban on Aarakshan in some Indian states. Read More