The mahaul is set and everyone is talking about one thing. No, not the New Year’s party scenes. The 2019 elections! Everyone is speculating about our nation’s fate that will be decided in about five months. In midst of all the anticipation where everyone is a political expert (we all know that person), we are looking at biopics of illustrious political figures like Bal Saheb Thackeray, NTR, and Dr. Manmohan Singh. The Accidental Prime Minister is set in an era when Dr. Manmohan Singh was a reigning Prime Minister of India and is based on a book by policy analyst Sanjay Baru. The memoir named The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh released in 2014. Baru was the PM’s media advisor from 2004 through 2008 and he writes about how the Congress party at the time had “two centres of power – Dr. Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi”.
The trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister just dropped as did our jaws. Anupam Kher plays the mild-mannered and brilliant economist Dr. Manmohan Singh who went on to be Congress’ choice for the PM. The trailer shows us glimpses of Sonia Gandhi, played by the German-born actress Suzanne Bernert, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and the general atmosphere in the PMO. Akshaye Khannaplays Sanjay Baru and breaks the fourth wall, which is going to make the narrative interesting. The film seems to have made a sincere effort in showing just what the inside story was when Singh was the Prime Minister of India. The Accidental Prime Minister has been directed by Vijay Gutte and has been co-written by Hansal Mehta and Mayank Tewari.
It has been in the making for some time and is finally set to release on 11th of January, 2019. You can understand why our excitement is palpable. Also, with the elections adding even more drama to the political scene, it will be interesting to see how the audience reacts to this “inside story”.