Amid an ongoing controversy surrounding former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's biopic, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said he sees Mr Singh as a successful prime minister rather than an "accidental" one.
"If a Prime Minister governs the country for 10 years and the people respect him, I don't see him as an accidental prime minister. After Narasimha Rao, if the country has got a successful prime minister, it is Manmohan Singh," said Mr Raut.
Shiv Sena is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
The trailer of Anupam Kher-starrer 'The Accidental Prime Minister', which recently came out, drew a lot of criticism from the Congress party, claiming the biopic poked holes in the portrayal of the former prime minister. The party also criticised the teaser saying the movie showed Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the wrong light.
Maharashtra Youth Congress raised objections over the movie and demanded its special screening to ensure that none of the scenes are factually incorrect.
Earlier, A petition was filed in the CJM court in Muzaffarpur against the controversial film The Accidental Prime Minister. The complaint was filed by one lawyer named Sudhir Kumar Ojha. It has come to light that the case has been filed by the complainant against Anupam Kher and fourteen other artists along with five others in court.
The stated reason for the petition is that the promos of the film that has come out so far might compromise the country's security, according to the complainant. Not only that, but he also argues that it is an attempt to malign the clean and dignified image of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Moreover, Mr Ojha also claims that the image of prominent political figures like Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sushma Swaraj, L.K. Advani and many others has been altered.
Based on these claims, a complaint has been filed in the Muzaffarpur court on January 3rd under IPC 295,153,153A, 293, 504, 506 and 120B. The court has registered the case and has announced the hearing date as 8th January.
Meanwhile, 'The Accidental Prime Minister' will release on January 11.
(With inputs from ANI)