12/28/2018 3:25:29 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
The forthcoming political biopic The Accidental Prime Minister about India’s former PM Manmohan Singh promises to kick up a storm considering his Congress party is already raising objections after the release of its trailer.
No wonder the grand old party is unhappy. In one scene, Sonia Gandhi laments to Singh in the Hindi movie: “Ek ke baad doosra corruption scandal...aise maahol mein Rahul (Gandhi) kaise takeover kar sakta hai?" (One corruption scandal after another...how can Rahul take over as prime minister in this situation?)”
The film, starring Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh, is based on the book of the same name written by Sanjaya Baru, who was Singh’s media adviser from 2004 to 2008. The book, published in 2014, covers Singh’s first term as prime minister. He served two terms, from 2004 to 2014, following which the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power under current prime minister Narendra Modi.
The film, directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, stars Akshaye Khanna as Baru, Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi, Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi and the German actress Suzanne Bernert as Sonia Gandhi.
The Congress in Maharashtra has objected to the trailer, claiming it shows the party leaders in a “disparaging” manner.
Anupam Kher, whose wife Kirron Anupama Kher is a BJP member of the Lok Sabha, calls the film a game-changer, reports NDTV.
Asked if the BJP, which lost three state elections recently to the Congress, could use the film to its advantage in the 2019 national election due by May, Kher said, "If I had been in politics, I would have definitely told them to do so. But I am an actor, they will decide."
The BJP could not be more pleased. It tweeted, “Riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years. Was Dr Singh just a regent who was holding on to the PM's chair till the time heir was ready? Watch the official trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister, based on an insider's account, releasing on 11 Jan!”