[dropcap]V[/dropcap]eteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the trailer launch of his upcoming film The Accidental Prime Minister. The film chronicles the life of politician-economist Dr Manmohan Singh who served as India’s Prime Minister from 2004-2014.
The film has been generating a lot of buzz owing to the striking resemblance of its characters with their real life counterparts. Kher has not only transformed himself into looking like Manmohan Singh, but has also adapted his mannerisms — his voice, the way he walks — brilliantly. In the film, Akshaye Khanna plays Sanjaya Baru — the media advisor of Manmohan Singh. Akshaye’s character is also apparently playing the narrator in the film.
The film delves deep into the internal politics of the Congress party. In what appears to be a gripping drama, the trailer highlights Dr Singh’s alleged conflicts with his party and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
The trailer starts off with Akshay Khanna saying, “Mahabharat mein toh do families thi, India me to ek hi hai…” and is followed by scenes which shows Sonia Gandhi appointing Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister. What follows is a promising two-minute political drama. Akshay Khanna’s character can be seen saying, “Yeh nuclear deal ki ladai, humare liye toh Panipat ki ladai se bhi badi thi.”
The dialogues in the trailer seem very brave but they might also cause protests form the Congress party given the apparent portrayal of Sonia Gandhi in the film. In a brief scene Dr Singh is seen saying that he wants to find a solution to the Kashmir issue, but just after that, Sonia Gandhi can be seen saying, “Agar aap Pakistan ke saath shanti ka samjhauta karenge, toh naya Prime Minister kya karenge?”
At the trailer launch, Anupam Kher said, “The biggest challenge for me was the voice. It is the most difficult role I have ever done because everyone knows Manmohan Singh very well.”
The film is based on Sanjay Baru’s memoir of the same name that was released in 2014. Baru told Indian Express, “The book humanises him. It brings him out as a human being. The younger generation today thinks of him as some kind of robot, a statue. The ‘Singh is King’ image is gone. He has become an object of ridicule, not admiration. I am showing him as a human being, I want there to be empathy for him.”
Here’s what Twitterati had to say about the trailer:
The film stars Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh, Akshaye Khanna in the role of Sanjaya Baru, German actor Suzanne Bernert as former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Ahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi, and Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi. Directed by Vijay Guttey the film is set to release on January 11, 2019.