The Accidental Prime Minister promises to be an inside story of former prime minister Manmohan Singh – and the Congress party.
From the trailer, it appears that Manmohan Singh has been portrayed as a victim of party politics, with the film dramatising the dynamics between Singh and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi between 2004 and 2014.
The BJP, on Twitter, called it a “riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years” – drawing flak from the Congress.
But The Accidental Prime Minister is not alone in selling political narratives.
This Election Season…
…there are at least four other films in the offing with a political message – or a politician for protagonistPenned by Shiv Sena
politician Sanjay Raut, Thackeray stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role – and idolises the life of Bal Thackeray.
Glorifying Thackeray as person, of course, involves glorifying his political ideology, and the trailer does both in equal measure.
The trailer describes him as “Fearless, Worshipped, Controversial, Legendary.”
The movie is sure to find deep resonance with Thackeray’s followers. However, the Censor Board has taken exception to certain scenes referring to the Babri Masjid and the south Indian community.
The film will hit theatres on 25 January 2019, Thackeray’s 93rd birthday.
Directed by Aditya Dhar, produced by Ronnie Screwvala and starring Vicky Kaushal, Uri weaves its narrative around the much hyped “surgical strike” carried out across the Line of Control (LoC) in September 2016.