Days before its release, "The Accidental Prime Minister" - a biopic based on former PM Manmohan Singh's 10-year tenure in office - has kicked up a huge row with Congress denouncing it as a propaganda effort and BJP saying the main opposition was being duplicitous in running down the film.
The Department of Public Relations of the Madhya Pradesh government tweeted that there was no decision by the government to ban the film and media reports announcing a ban were not factual. "From its trailer, it seems the film has been funded by the BJP to defame Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and the party", Bhubaneswar District Congress President, Manas Choudhury said. Based on the controversial book of the same name, penned by political analyst Sanjaya Baru, the film features Anupam Kher taking on the role of Singh while Akshaye Khanna stars as Baru.
The BJP, on Thursday evening, tweeted the trailer from its official handle yesterday, a move that did not go down well with the Congress. The Maharashtra Youth Congress has demanded a special screening of this film before its release.
The movie The Acccidental Prime Minister revolves around Dr Manmohan Singh, the economist and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014 under the United Progressive Alliance. "Watch the official trailer of #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister, based on an insider's account, releasing on 11 Jan!" reads the tweet by the BJP. He was quoted by news agency ANI, "Can't we extend our wishes for a film?"
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And all the Congress WhatsApp groups flashed a message in the morning, asking workers to exercise restraint and not react to the movie. Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh impresses with his body language.
"Sponsored a book before 2014, sponsored a movie before 2019 elections", Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said.
Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the film is a biographical political drama, presented by Rudra Production (UK), Bohra Bros in association with Dr Jayantilal Gada (Pen India Limited).