Bhandarkar was put up at hotel in Nagpur on Sunday. However, he cancelled them following the protests by the local Congress workers. The irked director tweeted Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, asking if he approved of the "hooliganism" by Congress workers.
Sensing trouble, Bhandarkar cancelled his press conference at 11.15am His personal staff passed on the message to journalists gathered at Port O' Gomez. "Can I have my Freedom of Expression?" he had tweeted. "You are scared of a film, what is this?" he later told reporters.
The Congress Protest in Pune was against the movie Indu Sarkar which portrays the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and his son Sanjay Gandhi in the time period of Emergency. "This was absolutely shocking... What is the problem if I make a film on Emergency?"
Speaking to Firstpost Hindi, Bhandarkar said, "Congress can't change history by threatening me", he furthered about the impact of these protest on his family, saying, "My daughter and my entire family have gone under shock after this turn of events". Bhandarkar stayed put at his hotel on Bund Garden road even as Congress workers kept vigil amidst police presence in the hotel lobby.
"I am fighting all the fronts right now and it's a bit scary also - Congress is protesting, somebody is sending me legal notice, Jagdish Tytler wants a clear image in the movie and then censor board. We criticise it, we condemn it", he said.
The security has been provided after a scheduled press conference of Bhandarkar in Nagpur was cancelled when Congress activists did not allow him to come out of his hotel.
While the film has faced 16 cuts from the Censor Board, the director has attracted the wrath of the Congress workers over some portions of the film that they find objectionable.