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All you need to know about ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’

The poster of Anupam Kher's Accidental Prime Minister

The poster of Anupam Kher's Accidental Prime Minister  

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Anupam Kher has stepped into the role of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his upcoming movie The Accidental Prime Minister. 

The movie is adapted from the book written by Mr. Singh’s former media adviser Sanjaya Baru. Actor Akshaye Khanna is seen in the role of Mr. Baru and Arjun Mathur acts as Rahul Gandhi.

The film is directed by debutante Vijay Ratnakar Gutte. Hansal Mehta has worked on the screenplay.

Here's more from The Hindu on the movie and all the controversy surrounding it.

The difficulty of being Manmohan Singh

Anupam Kher speaks to The Hindu on the role. “It’s been my toughest role ever. For the first time in my life I meditated,” said Kher. He struggled to find the stillness required to pull of a Manmohan Singh.

Trailer watch

The trailer whipped up controversy within hours of release.

Special screening demands

The Youth Congress in Maharashtra demanded a special pre-release screening for it’s office-bearers of the movie.

“Looking at the trailer of the movie it is understood that facts have been played with and presented in incorrect manner with regards to the ex-Prime Minister Resp. Manmohan Singh ji, UPA chairperson Resp. Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji and Congress party to malign the image of the party which is not acceptable to us.”

Book claims the Prime Minister was “defanged”

The book, when it was released in 2014, kicked up quite a storm with the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying he felt “stabbed in the back” by his former media adviser Sanjaya Baru, who allegedly used his access to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to write the book.

"BJP’s propaganda against Cong"

The movie is BJP’s propaganda against their party, Congress leaders said. The trailer shows Mr. Singh as a victim of the Congress’ internal politics.

"It's a riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years," said BJP.

No ban on film: MP govt

The Department of Public Relations of Madhya Pradesh government tweeted that there is no decision by the government to ban the film, adding that media reports announcing the ban were not factual.

Kher's 'life's best work'

The trailer drew sharp reactions from the Congress, which dubbed it a “propaganda film”. “The more they protest, the more publicity they will give to the film," Kher said.

The actor said he will not back off from the snowballing controversy over the film on former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

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Printable version | Jan 25, 2020 1:27:51 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/the-accidental-prime-minister-manmohan-singh/article25850596.ece

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