New Delhi: If a Prime Minister governs the country for 10 years and the people respect him, I don’t see him as an ‘accidental Prime Minister’, said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, while commenting on the ongoing controversy surrounding former PM Dr Manmohan Singh’s biopic. Notably, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, a film based on Singh’s tenure as India’s prime minister from 2004 to 2014, has become the epicentre of political slugfest, with the Congress alleging it was the “BJP’s propaganda” against their party.

“After Narasimha Rao, if the country has got a successful Prime Minister, it is Manmohan Singh. I see him (Dr Manmohan Singh) as a successful prime minister rather than an ‘accidental’ one,”said Raut.

A couple of days ago, the Madhya Pradesh unit of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), student wing of the Congress, has warned theatre owners that they will be responsible for the consequences if they screened the film.

Maharashtra Youth Congress had also raised objections over the movie and demanded its special screening to ensure that none of the scenes are factually incorrect.

On the other hand, lauding the trailer of the film, which was released recently, the BJP said, “Riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years. Was Dr Singh just a regent who was holding on to the PM’s chair till the time heir was ready? Watch the official trailer of ‘TheAccidentalPrimeMinister’, based on an insider’s account, releasing on 11 January”.

The film’s trailer shows Singh as a victim of the Congress’ internal politics ahead of the 2014 general elections.

Actor Anupam Kher, who is essaying Singh’s role in the film, called “The Accidental Prime Minister” his ‘life’s best performance’. He also said the film should be seen as a creative endeavour and not an attempt to support a political party.  The movie is all set to hit the silver screens on January 11.