A successful attempt to Questioning Status Quo: The Accidental Prime Minister

First of all the readers should be apprised with the fact that the movie is based on the book with the same name which tells chronicles former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s tenure.

The actors had added nothing except caricaturing the real life politicians in toto, including lead actors Anupam Kher and Akshay Khanna. It is just reproduction of contemporary events of Indian polity.

Main theme of story is based on the relation between our former prime minister Manmohan Singh and his media Advisor Sanjay Baru, the roles are played by Anupam Kher and Akshay Khanna respectively.

The Accidental Prime Minister is a propaganda film, to show the former prime minister look like a weak man. Who is controlled by, for most of the things, by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, Priyanka and the cunning caucus around them are shown as the real power behind the throne. On the other side makers of the movie are careful to underline that Singh was honourable, upright and personally incorruptible, but that he overlooked the corruption of his party colleagues. It is also outlined that the root cause of this type pf behaviour of Mr. Singh is the fact that Gandhi family and his colleagues in party has far reaching influence.

Kher’s performance progressively grows on you, gradually evoking empathy for his character. Kher makes Singh’s trademark soft spoken demeanour and skittish walk, his own. You will find yourself rooting for him, whether he is mustering the courage to do the right thing, or succumbing to the powers that play him.

But a lot of support comes from his co-actor Akshay Khanna, who ensures there’s never a dull moment in this political drama. Whether it is the crucial nuclear deal or petty politics that repeatedly threatens his own job, he never lets any tension become palpable, thanks to his easy charm. Often talking into the camera, Khanna is quick to strike a chord with the audience also playing the narrator.

It’s hard to say what is more embarrassing in the film , its content or its craft. What comes as a surprise is just how shockingly bad and shoddy the film is. There is a complete absence of any art or craft in its making. Kher minces through the film, his voice reedy, thin, shaky, his body language nervous and unconfident: at no point does Kher’s Singh look like a man who inhabited the PM ki kursi for two full Lok Sabha terms with any conviction. There doesn’t seem to have been a script in place, just a series of scenes meant to damn Singh, and studded with some unintentionally hilarious passages

 

Apart from the actors playing the real people (the startlingly-similar looking Bernert stands in for Sonia, Mathur for Rahul, Kumra for Priyanka, Sharma for Ahmad Patel, as well as actors playing Vajpayee, Advani, Lalu Yadav, Mulayam Singh, and other political heavy-weights), there are also actual newsreel flashes with the actual faces: why?

The movie fails to engage the audience for full two hours.

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