The Accidental Prime Minister Movie Review and ratings
The Accidental Prime Minister Movie Review directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, The Accidental Prime Minister starring Anupam Kher as former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is the big release. Watch the movie at your own risk
Akshaye Khanna plays Sanjaya Baru at The Accidental Prime Minister states, “Sachchai ko likhna itihaas ke liye bohot zaroori hai.” He professes to not know all facets of truth or even on how many facets the truth has.
Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, The Accidental Prime Minister, based on the book of the same name by Dr Manmohan Singh’s former media advisor Sanjaya Baru, comes across as a half-truth and full propaganda against the Indian National Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“Mujhe toh doctor saab Bhishma jaise lagte hai. Jinme koi buraai nahi hai, par family drama ke victim ho gaye. (I think Dr Manmohan Singh is like Bhishma from the Mahabharata. He had no vices, but became a victim of family politics),” a character states in the movie.
The timing of The Accidental Prime Minister is anything but accidental. With the Lok Sabha polls are around the corner, the hardly-veiled attack on the face of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi (played by Arjun Mathur), could not be better timed.
Anupam Kher tries to be very hard to get the physicality of Singh right, but exaggerates the gait and the wispy voice to the point that it becomes a parody. This is extremely disappointing to see an actor of his stature reduce the role to a caricature. Akshaye Khanna does a decent job as Baru.
Suzanne Bernert is a dead ringer for “Madam”, as Sonia is referred to in the film, and delivers dialogues with a cold, expressionless visage.
Sonia’s political secretary Ahmed Patel is a scheming villain, and Vipin Sharma sniggers his way through the part. Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi has a blink-and-miss appearance in the film.
The Accidental Prime Minister tells us nothing that we do not know already. For a movie that promises to give the audience an ‘inside view’ of the political turf war in the PMO, it barely scratches the surface. The India-US nuclear deal, 2G scam, Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption hunger strike and Coalgate find a place in The Accidental Prime Minister, but are merely glossed over.
1 out of 5 stars for The Accidental Prime Minister.