Evading the question on his reaction to the trailer of Anupam Kher starrer The Accidental Prime Minister, former PM Manmohan Singh moved away without a word to the reporters. Based on the eponymous book by his former media advisor, Sanjaya Baru, the movie focuses on the tenure of the ex-PM who ruled the country from 2004 to 2014. Earlier today, Congress President Rahul Gandhi too dodged the question as he walked past the reporters.
The trailer created an immediate stir yesterday on social media, from the moment it was out. As gathered from the trailer, the soft-spoken former PM appeared to be under pressure from his party, especially then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son and successor to the post, Rahul Gandhi. While the other parties and Congress itself, were seen naming BJP as the “promotional partner” for the film, RJD called BJP, the movie’s propaganda and financial partner.
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.
The trailer also prised out a reaction from the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, who tweeted, “Can’t wait for when they make The Insensitive Prime Minister. So much worse than being the accidental one.”
The movie has been long awaited ever since the first pictures of the shoot came out giving a sneak-peek into Singh’s character being portrayed by veteran actor Anupam Kher. Kher has evidently tried to master the mannerisms of the ex-PM and worked hard to fit into the shoes of the economist.
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.