As soon as the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister was dropped online, while fans rejoiced Anupam Kher’s portrayal of Manmohan Singh, a certain section of the society was obviously not so happy. Yes, the film is being criticised by the Congress party for distorting the facts and “incorrect representation of the facts” and Maharashtra Youth Congress also asserted that if it is released without prior screening for their office bearers, they will resort to “other options” to ensure that the film doesn’t release in theatres.
Since the film revolves around former Prime Minster Manmohan Singh’s tenure as PM, the film has drawn a lot of flak, but amid the controversies, the lead actor of the film, Anupam Kher, remains unfazed. In an interview, Anupam Kher said, “An actor’s job is to act, the filmmaker’s job is to make a film and take it to the people and it’s the job of these organisations to protest. So, we should not give so much of importance to them.”
But amidst all the controversies revolving around the film, actors and filmmakers are going all out to support the film and the National Award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar told ANI, “These agitations are uncalled for, especially when we talk about freedom of expression. It’s just the trailer that has been released and people are already agitated about it,” adding, “The same thing happened with my film ‘Indu Sarkar‘ last year, which was based on emergency. This is not fair if we talk about democracy. There should be freedom of expression.”
I am not going to back off. This is my life’s best performance. #DrManmohanSingh will agree after seeing the film that it is a 100% accurate depiction. Will meet the media at 5.30pm at Actor Prepares, Film Industry Welfare Trust, Santacruz. #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister pic.twitter.com/WwKJNcyVO7
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) December 28, 2018
The political drama, which will release on January 11, 2019, is directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, and the film is based on facts as chronicled in a book by Sanjaya Baru, Manmohan Singh’s media advisor between 2004 and 2008.