1. The Accidental Prime Minister is based on a 2014 memoir
Released in January 2019, The Accidental Prime Minister is all set for a world digital premiere on April 12, 2019, on ZEE5. The Hindi docudrama stars Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert and Aahana Kumra. Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte and written by Mayank Tewari, the film explores economist and politician Dr. Manmohan Singh’s tenure as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014 under the United Progressive Alliance.
For those unaware, the film is based on 2014 memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh. Sanjaya Baru, political commentator, and policy analyst was ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s media advisor from May 2004 to August 2008.
2. The Accidental Prime Minister is all about Dr. Manmohan Singh's tenure as an Indian PM
Sanjaya Baru’s book alleges that Manmohan Singh was not at the helm of the power – be it his Cabinet or the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The same can be seen in the film too. In one of the scenes from the trailer, Akshaye Khanna as Sanjaya Baru is seen saying, “PM ke liye kaam karta hoon, Party ke liye nahi.” To which he gets a response, “Lekin PM toh Party ke liye kaam karte hai Baru.”
This one line followed by several scenes in the trailer depict a side to Manmohan Singh.
3. The Accidental Prime Minister tells you more about Indian politics
As far as Indian politics are concerned, Bollywood has never attempted to make a mainstream film revolving around a party or a figure. “Mahabharat mein do families thi, India mein toh ek he hain,” Sanjaya Baru (Akshaye Khanna) can be seen mouthing this dialogue in a scene from the film’s trailer.
The Accidental Prime Minister not only trace Manmohan Singh’s tenure as a PM of India but also incidents that took place around him when he was the PM. These include the exposing of several scams too.
4. Anupam Kher as Dr. Manmohan Singh
The look, the voice, the personality – everything makes you instantly take Anupam Kher for the ex-Prime Minister. His gait seems to have been aped by the veteran actor too. So much so that it makes it difficult to imagine anybody else step in the shoes of Manmohan Singh to play the part in the film. His impressive chops are reason enough to watch the movie.
5. Akshaye Khanna as Sanjaya Baru
Sanjaya Baru wrote a tell-all memoir of his term at the Prime Minister’s Office, during Manmohan Singh’s tenure. His 2014 book became the inspiration for the Vijay Gutte directorial film. Akshaye Khanna as Baru delivers some hard-hitting dialogues and catchy punchline. A dialogues by Anupam Kher goes as, “PMO means business.” Akshaye cuts him and says, “Na Na Na Na Sir, it is the Dr. Singh, that means business.”
Not putting any more spoilers here, watch the film to know the rest!
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