Breaking the silence over the hullabaloo around his soon to be released film, The Accidental Prime Minister, lead actor Anupam Kher responded to howls of protest from the Congress. In an interview to a leading news organisation, the national award winning actor said, “More they protest, more publicity they will give to the film. The book has been out since 2014, no protests were held since then, so the film is based on that.”
As against this statement, the book was criticised by the Congress and Manmohan Singh’s PMO the moment it came out on the stands back in 2014. Former PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s eldest daughter had even slammed his former media advisor Sanjaya Baru over his book, accusing him of betraying the trust of the PM by piecing together, what she had then described as, “gossip and unverified quotes”.
Based on this eponymous book, the movie focuses on the tenure of the ex-PM who ruled the country from 2004 to 2014. Singh’s character has been portrayed by veteran actor Anupam Kher who has evidently tried to master the mannerisms of the ex-PM and worked hard to fit into the shoes of the economist, as gathered from the trailer that released yesterday.
“If we make a film on the issue of Jallianwala Bagh or The Holocaust or any historic incident, we can’t change the history or the facts. That’s what we have done here,” said the 63-year-old actor.
Maharashtra Youth Congress wrote to the makers of the political drama after the trailer launch yesterday and demanded a screening of the film before its release, threatening that if some scenes are not based on facts, they will have to be deleted else the movie will be stalled. The demand by the youth wing was to edit parts that “malign” the image of the party. Referring to their demand, Kher said in the interview that he had recently read Rahul Gandhi’s tweet on freedom of expression hence, the Congress President should see to it that those objecting from his party are dissuaded.
Addressing the heavy criticism that the trailer attracted yesterday from the Congress party, over “incorrect presentation of the facts,” he said that the party members should be grateful for the fact that the movie is made on their leader and hence, they should gather a crowd and take it to see the movie instead of protesting as the movie shows the former PM’s greatness and in good light through dialogues like “Main desh ko bechunga? (I will sell off the country?)”
The movie also stars German actor Suzanne Bernert in the role of UPA Chief, Sonia Gandhi, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ actress Aahana Kumara as Priyanka Gandhi and Arjun Mathur as Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The film is directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte and set to hit the screens on January 11, at the height of campaigning for the national election due by May.