27 Dec 2018

'The Accidental Prime Minister' trailer details Manmohan Singh-Congress conflict

The Accidental Prime Minister released its first trailer today.

The film that had formerly been praised for the striking similarity between the actors and the people they portrayed, showed us its potential in the trailer.

The trailer shows Dr. Manmohan Singh's appointment as the Prime Minister of India, and his alleged conflict with the Gandhi family and Congress party.

We decode the trailer here.


Excellent casting marks the films trailer

The film's cast includes Anupam Kher as Dr. Manmohan Singh and Akshaye Khanna as Sanjaya Baru, whose 2014 memoir The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh is the source material.

German actress Suzanne Bernert plays Sonia Gandhi, Aahana Kumra and Arjun Mathur play Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi, respectively.

Slated to release on January 11'19, the film's director is Vijay Gutte.

Trailer details

Drawing on Mahabharata, the trailer outlines Singh's conflict

The trailer starts with comparing Singh to Bhishma, Mahabharata's luckless warrior.

It outlines how he has to fight one family instead of the Pandavas and Kauravas in the epic.

We are then shown a series of interactions showing both Singh's humility and competence.

However, we also see Singh's power being undermined by Sonia, as she uses him as a seat-warmer for Rahul's ascendancy.

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Trailer shows Sonia as good old-fashioned villain

The trailer makes no delays in portraying Sonia as a good old-fashioned villain through 2 clear instances.

Firstly, she prevents Singh from resolving the Kashmir conflict, as it would leave nothing for Rahul to do once he became Prime Minister.

Secondly, she rejects Singh's resignation saying that Rahul could not take over at a time of consecutive crises, while constantly maligning Singh's character.

Anupam Kher is spot on in Manmohan Singh's portrayal

Further, as Singh, Anupam Kher gets the demure and quiet nature perfectly correct. Even Singh's voice is copied to a degree of near perfection by Kher. Notably, he had meditated, and watched innumerable videos of Singh for the part, and the effort has paid off.

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Akshaye Khanna's confident Sanjaya Baru steals the show

While Kher amazes as Singh, Khanna steals the show as Baru.

Confident, suave, passionate at times, he plays the role of Singh's advisor and analyst.

The trailer shows that he is the narrator as well, since he often breaks the fourth wall, speaking directly to the audience to inform them of the internal conflict between the Prime Minister and the party he represented.


If the film delivers, could it spell Congress' doom?

We had earlier remarked on the timing of the release of The Accidental Prime Minister and how it could harm Congress' election chances in 2019.

While the film defends rather than maligns Singh, the explosive trailer portrays the Congress, and especially Sonia in a bad light.

If the film has as much impact as the trailer, Congress could face trouble in the 2019 elections.

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Is this based on a true story?

How has the Congress reacted to the movie?

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Is this based on a true story?

Asked 2018-12-27 17:00:02 by Surabhi Das

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, The Accidental Prime Minister is a memoir so one would expect it to be true.

How has the Congress reacted to the movie?

Asked 2018-12-27 17:00:02 by Sai Jindal

Answered by NewsBytes

The Congress has not reacted to the movie itself, but when the book came out the then PMO's office had called it a work of fiction and rubbished it.

What did Anupam Kher say about the role?

Asked 2018-12-27 17:00:02 by Harini Mukopadhyay

Answered by NewsBytes

Kher spoke of the difficulty of portraying a contemporary politician since people were very familiar with him due to immense media coverage. Thus he had to prepare thoroughly to internalize the role.

Where can I see the movie?

Asked 2018-12-27 17:00:02 by Charvi Kapoor

Answered by NewsBytes

The film will release on January 11 and you can catch it at theaters near you since it is a nationwide release.

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