Quick Review: The Accidental Prime Minister

For over a decade, a movie theatre for watching a movie has been an alien concept. Of course, during this period, many movies were seen, mostly on TV, at home. Some on a laptop after downloading an interesting thing from YouTube!
Since this luxury of watching ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ on television was not available, one had no choice but to visit the nearest theatre where it was playing. It was a Saturday afternoon spent watching something interesting and time well spent!
For understanding politics a bit better, its dynamics, its devious character, the money spent on watching this movie will be well spent. It certainly will not be a waste as it is instructive and portrays factually how things work at the highest level in the country.
Anupam Kher has brought out before us many shades of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s character. Manmohan looks so much more human, something much more than an automaton, after watching this movie. His reaction in the movie to the phrase ‘Que Sera Sera’ is so delightfully well brought out!
Of course, the Congress is right in its indignation regarding the timing of the movie. It does portray Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel as wily politicians, and by implication in bad light, who undermine the PM. That seems like something brought out in the book by the same name written by Sanjay Baru.
It is actually contemporary history and the jury will still be out regarding the intentions of the production team. Is this movie made to portray Sonia and Ahmed in dark shades to help the BJP? Do things work out the way it has been portrayed in the film?
The intentions of the producer and director of the film will for sure be questioned as this movie has been released too close to the elections. Just as the book by the same name had been released just before the last general elections.
The Congress will most likely dismiss the film as attempts to vilify Sonia, Patel and Rahul Gandhi. Some of the scenes are such as may build an opinion against the trio. The film is actually a political statement and an argument against the trio made through a medium which is a powerful vehicle for conveying thoughts.
How the movie pans out a week later is not clear but it seems curiosity will help bring some footfalls into the theatres screening it. Perhaps less noise from the Congress would have helped the movie less!
It is an interesting movie trying to portray Manmohan as caught on the wrong foot at times and brings out his frailties as also strengths. It tries to exonerate him in a way by comparing him to Bhishm Pitamah of Mahabharata. The right man but on the wrong side!




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