As much as Anupam Kher’s portrayal as Dr Manmohan Singh in ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ made headlines, the trailer of the movie has also sparked a political row.
In an exclusive interview with Republic TV Editor-in-Chief, Arnab Goswami, the veteran actor was asked if the movie portrayed Dr Singh as a ‘weak man’. Kher replied, “Weak man is a strong word. He had a strong will but was not allowed to do things. A weak man could not have stayed for such a long time.
"He was an accidental Prime Minister. He was not the son of somebody who was the Prime Minister. He was just a bureaucrat and became this economics person with Narasimha Rao. So, he did not know. It was his awkwardness and that situation is his reality. To capture this awkwardness and sincerity took me months and months.”
On how he managed to recreate the former PM’s voice, he said, “I have practised on it for three months. I have never meditated, (neither was I) wanting to do this role. My first reaction was I don’t want to do this film. I thought why should I play Manmohan Singh ji. I have criticised him in the past.”
The ‘A Wednesday’ star also rued how the controversy made headlines and not his performance, “I wish the talking point was about my performances, about the hard work that I have put in, about the seven-eight months of preparation that went into doing this role successfully. 35 years, 515 films, after that I discover that my best is yet to come. And I put my life into it. And the controversy is about, ‘Oh my god! It’s a wrong portrayal.'”
A day after the official trailer of the film was released, controversy erupted as the Congress party threatened to ban the film, and accused the makers of distorting facts and showing the Gandhi family in bad light. There has been divided opinion about the trailer following reactions from the leaders of the party as well as BJP leaders.
'The Accidental Prime Minister', directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, is based on the book of the same name, written by former media advisor to PM, Sanjay Baru, who is being portrayed by Akshaye Khanna. The movie also stars Suzzanne Bernert, Aahana Kumra, Arjun Mathur, among others and releases on January 11.
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