The Accidental Prime Minister review: Tacky, biased and low on entertainment value

Akshaye’s endearing charm surely deserved a better film. 

Director: Vijay Gutte

Cast: Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzane Bernet,

Rating: **

The director of the film, Vijay Gutte makes an interesting and blatant political statement, through this movie as he chooses to pick up the controversial book The Accidental Prime Minister written by the media advisor to the PM, during the Manmohan Singh regime, Sanjaya Baru. The timing of the film’s release makes it all the more interesting as elections are just around the corner and the film clearly attempts at bringing forth certain ‘secrets’ of the ruling party during the UPA regime from 2004 to 2009.

The movie is narrated by Sanjaya Baru (played by Akshaye Khanna) as he takes you through his version of what happened during the prime ministership of Manmohan Singh, portrayed as a genius but ‘weak’ prime minister, who ended up being a puppet in the hands of party president Sonia Gandhi. In fact, the film goes all out to portray Sonia, son Rahul and her close advisors as ruthlessly ambitious and arrogant political players,  while Manmohan Singh is shown as someone who intended to do good for the country, but couldn’t really hold the ground because of constant pressure from the Gandhi family and also because of his lack of manipulative skills. 

While controversies surrounding the film continue, as there are varied reports about twisted facts for convenience and that the historical accuracy might have been compromised, the film’s intention seems loud and clear. To emphasise on Congress’ and Sonia Gandhi’s ‘plot’ to indirectly rule the nation by putting a harmless and weak front man to take the blame if things go wrong. 

The Accidental Prime Minister is tacky, biased and is low on entertainment value. The movie also seems to be confused about its genre as it generously juxtaposes actual footages, giving it more of a docu drama feel. 

The background music of the film was totally out of sync with what was happening in the foreground. 

The best thing about the film is its performances. Suzane Bernet, who plays Sonia Gandhi, is fantastic as she emulates Mrs Gandhi’s mannerisms and personality quite accurately. Anupam Kher, who plays the title role, looks and speaks like him. His exaggerated walk, however, seems more mocking the original subject than emulating him. Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi and Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi don’t have much to do. Akshaye Khanna as Baru fits into Baru’s role with lot of confidence and ease. Akshaye’s endearing charm surely deserved a better film.