Amid ongoing row over ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie, the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is seen non-committal over his biopic. He simply avoided questions on it, but only responded with a smile. While, his critics, particularly BJP called it a riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years, several Congressmen, particularly Youth Congress insisting to show the film to them before its release.
The trailer of the film was released yesterday. Veteran actor Anupam Kher plays Manmohan Singh, who served two terms as Prime Minister between 2004 and 2014. Anupam Kher said the film is a ‘game changer’ in political biopics as it does not shy away from taking real names.
The film is based on the book of the same name, written by Sanjay Baru, who served as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media advisor 2004 to 2008. Akshaye Khanna features as Baru. The trailer has garnered more than 5 million views within first 20 hours of its release on Youtube.
The Congress has objected to the film. The Maharashtra Youth Congress president Satyajeet Tambe has decided to knock the doors of the court against the film. “The film seems to be a ploy to defame our respected leaders. We have asked for a pre screening and if there is anything objectionable, we will stop the release and if needed will also go to the court,” he added.
But the BJP has hit back calling the opposition by Congress as double standards. “When a south Indian movie was marred by controversy for objectionable words for GST, the Congress called it freedom of expression. And now they are conveniently opposing the same freedom of speech,” said Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
However, attacking BJP, Congress MP PL Punia said, “This is a BJP game, they know 5 years are about to complete and they have nothing to show to the people so they are using these tactics to divert attention.”