A book that unveiled more than Congress could explain, created political unrest in 2014. ‘The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh’ was written by Sanjay Baru, media adviser to the ex-prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The book was a critical account of his tenure as the PM of India. If you have not read the memoirs of the contemporary politics, then prepare to watch it on the big screen.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher has confirmed to play Manmohan Singh in the biopic, whereas auditions for the remaining cast are on the final stage. Sunil Bohra of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ fame has described it as a grand political drama, and is going to produce the movie. Here is the first look of the poster:
Anupam Kher sounds quite psyched about the project and told the Economic Times,
Acting the role of anyone in contemporary history is extremely challenging, as comparisons are bound to be instant and inevitable. But as I have always reveled in challenges, right from my first film Saaransh, I look forward to the experience of portraying PM Manmohan Singh
Interestingly, the movie is expected to hit the box-office in December, 2018 which is right ahead of the 2019 general elections. Already, the defeat of Congress to BJP in 2014 polls has been attributed to Baru’s book. Now, the influence of this movie on the general elections will be something to notice on a larger scale.
National award-winning director, Hansal Mehta, has worked on the screenplay and director Ratnakar Gutte will debut in Bollywood for the movie. Gutte shares his thoughts on the project,
“I am obliged to get a hold on the story that I truly believe has to be told with utmost honesty and integrity. A script as magnanimously relevant as this needed a perfect actor. I feel that the depth of maturity and demeanor required to portray the prime minister could have only been embodied by the versatile veteran, Anupam sir.”
It is notable that Anupam Kher has been a strong pro-BJP voice. The book, when released, was dismissed by the Congress party. However, it contributed to the popular image of Dr. Manmohan Singh as a “silent” prime minister.