Release Date : 11/01/2019
Genre : Biography, Drama
Cast : Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert, Aahana Kumra,
Director : Vijay Ratnakar Gutte
Duration : 01 hrs 52 mins
Language : Hindi
Based on the book with the same name, The Accidental Prime Minister chronicles former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s (Anupam Kher) relationship with his media advisor Sanjaya Baru (Akshaye Khanna). While the film focuses largely on how Baru struggled with managing Dr. Singh’s public image, it also touches upon United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s key milestones, like the nuclear deal and Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s undisputed authority within the party.
The Accidental Prime Minister opens with a heavily pixelated TV news footage from the 2004 victory of the UPA in the general elections. This quickly gives way to the actors behaving and looking strikingly similar to all real-life political players. The film could have easily degenerated into a tacky spoof-fest had it not been for its unusual execution and some stellar performances. Kher leads the pack as the submissive Prime Minister, who is sworn-in amidst wide-ranging skepticism within the ranks.
A lot of support comes from his co-actor Akshaye Khanna, who ensures there’s never a dull moment in this political drama. Often talking into the camera, Khanna is quick to strike a chord with the audience also playing the narrator. German actress Suzanne Bernert as Sonia Gandhi looks and acts her part with stoic seriousness. Debutante director and co-writer Vijay Ratnakar Gutte brushes past a few uncomfortable scams (2G, 3G) in the 10-year-term of the UPA, except the nuclear deal. The movie leaves you more entertained than informed, better watch it.