The Accidental Prime Minister Movie Review: The Curious Case Of Dr, Manmohan Singh
After several demands of banning the movie and court cases, Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna’s controversial film The Accidental Prime Minister released on Friday.The film is based on former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh’s media advisor Sanjaya Baru’s eponymous book and it shows us Singh’s journey as the PM of India through Baru’s eyes. The movie tells how the economist-turned-reluctant politician was given no choice but to become the Prime Minister of the country. [caption id="attachment_713741" align="aligncenter" width="950"] The Accidental Prime Minister[/caption] It showcases how he became a puppet in the hands of the Gandhi family, how the opposition supported him as his own party stabbed him in the back and how he wasn’t even allowed to resign as the ‘Yuvraj’ wasn’t ready to take the command. Mr. Singh maintained a stoic silence on the scams that happened during the Congress rule and was ridiculed and mocked at for the same but watch this film you will have so much more respect for the genius. How he stood his ground despite every effort of ‘10 Janpath wali madam’ and her son Rahul Gandhi is commendable and will have you in awe of him. [caption id="attachment_713738" align="aligncenter" width="950"] The Accidental Prime Minister[/caption] Anupam Kher is phenomenal as Dr. Manmohan Singh. He is worked really hard on his character and while he has imitated him very well, it doesn’t look caricaturish. He is as soft-spoken in the movie as the former PM and has maintained his dignity. He seems so lonely in certain scenes that you actually feel bad for him. Akshay Khanna has played Baru and he is brilliant. He lends some light moments to the movie and lifts every scene that he is a part of. He is also the narrator of the film and many a time looks straight into the camera to give all the inside dope directly to the audiences. [caption id="attachment_713740" align="aligncenter" width="950"] The Accidental Prime Minister[/caption] Suzanne Bernert is a spitting image of Sonia Gandhi and she is outstanding. Arjun Mathur has played Rahul Gandhi and Ahana Kumra has played Priyanka and while they are both good in their respective roles, they don’t have much to do in the film. [caption id="attachment_713739" align="aligncenter" width="950"] The Accidental Prime Minister[/caption] Vijay Ratnakar Gutte’s film calls its lead character Bhismapitamah, who sacrificed it all for the Gandhi family. Vijay has also co-written the script and while he has told the story beautifully, the direction could have been better but thankfully he didn’t let it turn into a parody. Elections are near, this film can help the ruling party. [caption id="attachment_713737" align="aligncenter" width="950"] The Accidental Prime Minister[/caption] Dialogues are okay, background score is jarring and cinematography is also weak but as the story is enthralling and riveting, it keeps you engrossed. I do feel that they could have focused a bit more on the 2G, 3G scams and Nira Radia tapes. I enjoyed watching the film and feel that it needed to be made. However, as it's a one-sided story there's a lot left to imagination.
Release Date : 11 January 2019
Banner : Bohra Bros Production
Producer : Sunil Bohra
Director : Vijay Ratnakar Gutte
Genre : Biographical