After the Thackeray controversy, the political bollywood dynasty wrapped up with one more controversy after the release of the trailer of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ on Thursday evening. After its release, the film faced many criticism from the Congress workers as well as the people saying that, “there is a misrepresentation of facts.”
It is a film by Vijay Gutte in which the main role of former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is being played by Anupam Kher. It is an adaptation of the book written by Sanjay Baru who was a media advisor of Dr. Manmohan Singh from the year 2004 to 2008. The book alleges that Singh was not entirely in control of his cabinet—or even the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Instead, significant power was wielded by the Congress party’s president Sonia Gandhi, to whom Singh was completely “subservient” “There cannot be two centres of power”, Baru remembers Singh explaining to him, “That creates confusion. I have to accept that the party president is the centre of power. The government is answerable to the party.”
Maharashtra Youth Congress have demanded a prior screening of the movie and declared that they wouldn’t let the movie be screened anywhere in the country if their demand is not fulfilled. Now, Kher has broken the silence on the issue replying to the notice sent to him by the youth congress leader. He says, “This is an important story of the country’s political milieu. When I got a letter from a youth Congress leader, I initially ignored it but it turned into a controversy. We didn’t do any promotions before the censor certificate. Now, there can’t be a third power which will ask us to pre-screen the film for them.”
Saying that everyone knew about the film ever since its announcement, he told ANI, “We have not made the film quietly. The film was announced two years back and every newspaper knew. My look came into newspapers and now the film is censored. We waited for the film to get censored, whether it was the trailer or the film, then only we announced the release. We have in fact only 15 days left for the film to come out. Energy, money and a lot of research have gone into this.”
Kher adds that as Hollywood is free to express their biopics wheather they are in favour or not, it should be shown as it is. Earlier at the trailer launch, Kher said that The Accidental Prime Minister was open to interpretations and it would be wrong to say that it supports or criticizes a political party. Most of the patriotic films are released during the republic day or independence day, but as this film has political flavor, it will be good if it is released in the election time.
Directed by Vijay Gutte, the political drama features Akshaye Khanna as Baru, German actor Suzanne Bernert as Sonia Gandhi, Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi and Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi.