Ahead of the release of the biopic of former PM Dr Manmohan Singh titled 'The Accidental Prime Minister', Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who plays Dr Singh's character in the political drama spoke to Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami on the show 'Nation Wants To Know'.
On being asked about his remarks on the ongoing political controversies over the film only a day after its trailer release, here's what the veteran actor said:
"I wish it was the talking point about the performance and the hard work that I have put in the film, about the seven to eight months of preparations that went into doing this role successfully. 35 years, over 500 hundred successful films and after that, I discovered that my best yet to come, then I put my life into it and the controversy is about without watching the film, oh my god it's a 'wrong portrayal'. Its part of the history, I mean everyone knows what happens between 2004 and 2014."
Anupam Kher went onto add that as a citizen of the nation, he has the right to portray the character of the former Prime Minister of the nation:
"If somebody wants to make a film about pre this time or about today's generations or today's PM, nobody should be able to stop it. We waited for the Censors and we did not release anything, we wanted to go through a proper process and after we got the certificate we showed the trailer. We got the CBFC certificate of the film and we got 15 days of time to promote the film and it's based on a book and the book is not written by an outsider - it is written by Sanjay Baru who was the media adviser to the former PM. Dr Manmohan Singh who was not only Congress' PM, he was the PM of the country and as a citizen of the country, I have the right to portray him, keeping it in mind that I have to do it in a delicate and sincere manner."
'The Accidental Prime Minister' traces the making and the unmaking of the former PM Dr Manmohan Singh. It is based on a book of the same name by Sanjaya Baru, a former media advisor to Dr Manmohan Singh. Besides Anupam Kher, the film also stars Suzanne Bernert as UPA chief Sonia Gandhi, Ahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi and Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi.
The movie is helmed by debutant director Vijay Ratnakar Gutte and is scheduled to release in March 2019.
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