December 27th, 2018 | Updated on March 30th, 2019
The trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister, starring Anupam Kher as former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, is out. The film chronicles the life of politician-economist Dr. Singh, who served as India’s PM from 2004-2014.
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The film has been generating lot of buzz owing to the striking resemblance of its characters with the real life counterparts. Kher has transformed himself into looking like Dr. Singh and has adapted his mannerisms as well.
Akshaye Khanna plays Sanjaya Baru who was the media adviser of Manmohan Singh. It looks like Akshaye’s character is also playing the narrator in the film as we see him breaking the fourth wall and interacting with the viewers.
The trailer offers a behind-the-scenes look at the UPA administration, especially the dynamic between Singh and Sonia Gandhi (Suzanne Bernert). In what appears to be a gripping drama, it highlights Dr Singh’s alleged conflicts with his party and especially former Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who seems to be constantly pushing for her son, Rahul even as Singh grapples with one complicated political crisis after another.
The film is based on Sanjay Baru’s memoir of the same name that was released in 2014. Speaking about the memoir, Sanjaya Baru, the former PM’s media adviser, had once said, “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.”
Divulging details about his preparation for the role, Kher told IANS, “The opportunity of portraying a contemporary personality like Dr Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister is an immense challenge for me as an actor. He is part of a 24/7 media era where world knows his persona minutely. I have been internalizing this character for the past few months. I look forward to translating that effort into cinematic reality.”
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The Accidental Prime Minister is set to release on 11 January 2019.