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Is Bollywood The New Medium Of Political Propaganda?

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The First Two Bollywood Releases of 2019, ‘Uri- The Surgical Strike’ and ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, are somewhat similar in the terms of basic theme behind the movie.

The Accidental Prime Minister is based on the 2014 memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru. It was produced by the Bohra Bros under Rudra Production (UK), in association with Dr. Jayantilal Gada under the banner of Pen India Limited. It stars Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh, the economist and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014 under the United Progressive Alliance.

Uri: The Surgical Strike is a 2019 Indian action film written and directed by Aditya Dhar in his debut, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of RSVP Movies. The film features Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina and Yami Gautam in lead roles. A dramatised account of the retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack, the film follows Major Vihaan Singh Sherghil of the Indian Army, who plays a leading role in organizing it

A Picture has been released on social media platforms today. The Film is indirectly promoting BJP through the movies.

The day the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister released, it was shared on Twitter by the official BJP handle. Amit Malviya, head of the BJP IT cell, suggested taking the family to see both films. He also tweeted another video which has a group of stars—Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar, Ranveer Singh, among others—shouting “Jai Hind” twice (it was a promotion for Uri). “Have we ever heard film stars chanting Jai Hind like this before?” he wrote. “This is what changed in 4 years!”.

Uri and The Accidental Prime Minister may not have started out as propaganda. Yet, by releasing when they did, by opening alongside each other, and by feeding a larger political narrative, they have certainly ended as a propaganda.

The movies should be seen as politically influential films rather than political propaganda films.

Uri: The Surgical Strike is performing exceptionally well at Box Office while ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has received mixed reactions from the audience because of its realistic nature.

 

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