BJP MP and wife of Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher has dared Rahul Gandhi to walk the talk when it comes to his fight for right to speech and expression, and put forward a challenge in front of the Congress president to watch the upcoming film 'The Accidental Prime Minister'.
A lot of controversy has been created around the movie, which is based on the book written by the media advisor of former PM Manmohan Singh. The Congress party has been attacking the makers of the film, including lead actor Anupam Kher, accusing them of wrongly portraying the Gandhi family in the movie.
Anupam Kher reiterated the fact that the film is solely based on the book, and that he had no personal enmity with the Congress party. And now, his wife Kirron Kher has come out in his and the film's defence. Speakig exclusively to Republic TV on the protests by the Congress party, she said,
"Youth Congress does a lot of things. Let them do some work on the ground for the people rather than just making a noise. Rahul Gandhi has spoken a number of times on freedom of expression. Well this is freedom of expression. If you have the guts then you also go and watch the film. Buy tickets and send all youth Congress to watch the film."
The veteran Bollywood actress also stated that the controversy surrounding the film has only been made because her husband Anupam Kher is in the lead role.
"I think it is the agenda of the director, producer and the writer who wrote the book, Sanjaya Baru. In 2014, the book came out. At that time nobody made a noise that it was Baru's political agenda. But suddenly, it has become a political agenda because my husband (Anupam Kher) happens to be playing the lead role in it. It's very sad that they are making everything as a political agenda. I don't think movies or character that we play should be confused. This is a realistic film at the time in our political history that happened. It is made by the media advisor of the then Prime Minister," she added.
On Friday, Anupam Kher, while speaking exclusively to Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, had stated that the film is based solely on the facts written in the book, and that Manmohan Singh will be immortalised after the release of the movie.
"It is based on a book, written by the media advisor to the Prime Minister Sanjaya Baru. Dr Manmohan Singh will always be remembered as the Prime Minister but he will be immortalised after this film. But someone writing a letter threatening 'if you don't show us the film, we will stop it', what is it?" he said.