Movie Name: Accidental Prime Minister Movie
Directed by: Vijay Ratnakar Gutte
Starring: Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert, Aahana Kumra
Genre: Drama, Biography
Release date: 11 January 2019
Running Time: 112 Minutes
Life,Work and Controversies related to India‘s 14th Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
The Accidental Prime Minister is an upcoming 2019 Indian biographical political drama film, presented by Rudra Production (UK), Bohra Bros in association with Dr. Jayantilal Gada (Pen India Limited). Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte and written by Mayank Tewari. The film 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. The film is based on the 2014 memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru. The release date is yet to be decided.
Former Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani said, filmmakers will need to obtain a No-objection certificates from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi for the film.
The first look of the film was released on 6 June 2017 through Anupam Kher’s official Twitter handle.
Principle photography begun on 31 March 2018 in London. The London-based shooting schedule concluded on 21 April 2018 and next is India. In India, most of the shoot occurred in New Delhi which later wrapped up on 4 July 2018.
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Accidental Prime Minister Movie Review
Based on policy analyst and former PM Manmohan Singh’s media adviser Sanjaya Baru’s eponymous memoir, this one hopes to cover the period when the UPA government nominated an unexpected candidate to serve as the country’s Prime Minister. But while the film hardly reveals the bearded man behind the bandhgala whose opaque expressions barely give him away, it does delve into the occasional natter he shared with Baru. “PM ki kursi zameen se door kar deti hain, sirf files aur bureaucrats nazar aate hain,” the PM tells Baru in a scene, before offering him the job to consult him on media affairs.
The film begins from the point when the UPA government is elected and party chairperson Sonia Gandhi (Suzanne Bernert) nominates Dr Manmohan Singh (Anupam Kher) for the PM’s position, raising many eyebrows and creating quite a stir within the party. The film picks up when the PM hires Baru (Akshaye Khanna), a young journalist as his media adviser and he exposes the moles within the system who had been leaking information to the press. The unlikely PM naturally becomes a soft target for party members, and the film makes a deliberate attempt to furnish the internal conflict between the PM and the party. To portray the fact that Congress chairperson Gandhi supersedes the PM and almost everyone else within the party, a dialogue is offered as a word of advice to anyone in a fix: “Tum madam se kyun nahin milte, main appointment fix karoon?”
As political biopics go, this one straddles somewhere between deliberate hagiography and pointed propaganda. In the film, Singh is positioned as a leader who is a right man in the wrong party (which was a common public sentiment as well). In fact, most party members in the film are shown to be busy plotting to pull him down right from the time he takes up office. But then again, the disclaimer clearly mentions that the film sticks to the written word and if one has any concerns here — one should blame it on Baru?
Kher internalizes Singh’s body language immaculately—particularly the awkward forward tilting shoulders and the hands that barely swung while walking. That the former PM didn’t allow his emotions to surface on his demeanor and that he often held a firm yet gentle manner is something Kher accounts for in his performance. With hair, makeup and prosthetic on point, that’s a half the battle won. Khanna’s Baru makes for a nattily-suited sutradhar and keeps the proceedings crisp. But there surely couldn’t have been a better casting call than Bernert for Sonia Gandhi who looks, speaks and even expresses like the Indian politician of Italian descent.
What should a biopic deliver is a question that will garner various responses. A historian would want it to be a record of our times so that it could have resonance in the future. A filmmaker would seek dramatic points in the subject’s life that would render a compelling narrative. A sociologist would want to assess if the person’s life had any significant impact on society. We would like to stick with the one in the disclaimer: “this film is meant solely for the purpose of entertainment”.