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Moviegoers throng theatres to watch film on former Indian PM as opposition protests

Published: January 11, 2019

STORY: Amid uproar by India’s main opposition Congress party, the film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ hit the theatres on Friday (January 11), garnering positive response from moviegoers.

The movie is based on a book written by former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s media advisor, Sanjaya Baru. The story deals with Dr. Singh’s tenure of ten years as the Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world and the influence of Congress party’s president Rahul Gandhi’s family in the PM Office.

The film depicts the actual reality, one that eludes the common mass, said a moviegoer, Harinder Singh.

Commentators on social media and television news programmes have taken swipes at the makers of “The Accidental Prime Minister” for pursuing a political agenda, while a spokesman for the Gandhi’s Congress Party has derided it as “propaganda”.

While ringing the ceremonial bell at the Bombay Stock Exchange, the actor playing Dr. Singh, Anupam Kher, deemed the film to be devoid of any “political agenda” and termed it as the debate instead of a statement.

Dr. Singh, a distinguished economist often credited for the country’s liberalization push in the 1990’s, became prime minister in 2004, after Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul’s mother, led her party to a thumping election victory, but then stunned the country by nominating Singh for the premiership.

Trailers for the movie include scenes showing the Gandhis telling the mild-mannered Singh what to do, providing political ammunition for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party as it girds for a harder than expected battle to win a second term at an election that must be called by May.

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