Cast: Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert, Arjun Mathur, Ahana Kumra
Director: Vijay Ratnakar Gutte
The Accidental Prime Minister is Bollywood’s first fictional film about real politicians and bureaucrats with their real names. The movie is based on the book written by Sanjaya Baru, he wrote this book when he was in the PMO as a close aide of Dr Manmohan Singh during the latter’s first term in office. Which at that time, saw him perform a serious tasks on the nuclear deal. The movie takes full advantage of the Constitution right of free expression to talk about real political personalities using their real names.
Baru, who was Singh’s media adviser until 2008, alleged that Singh’s functioning was severely obstructed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her circle of advisors. According to the book and one might also say, that Dr. Singh was merely warming the throne for Rahul Gandhi, and he was forced to take the blame for the numerous corruption scandals which did not include him at all! All these humiliations caused him to roam around with a resignation letter in his pocket everyday.
The film goes beyond that specific period and interpolates developments of later years in the form of news footage and sequences carved out of reportage on Dr Singh’s second term, which was dominated by serious scams – 2G, CWG, coal – and the Anna Hazare anti-corruption movement.
The movie definitely changes one’s perception for Dr. Singh and that was the whole purpose of the movie to be released just before elections, “accidental” much? Dr. Singh is portrayed by one of the greatest actors Bollywood has, Anupam Kher. Although the efforts taken in were too much and the ship failed to sail in the ocean’s storm, on the basis of acting. However the way it is don, is commendable. He is shown pressurized at all points. As the movie says, Mahabharata had two dominating families but India has one one! What it tells us is that between 2004 and 2014, India had a Prime Minister who was controlled by the Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, played here by German-born actress Suzanne Bernert.
The most outstanding job done in the whole film is done by none other than Akshaye Khanna and we are digging it! Although his character was not resembling the real life Sanjaya Baru, but he upholds the character by his performance. The smirk on his face of ‘I know everything that’s going on’ is remarkable and his presence is like a cherry on top of the cake. The movie’s narrative style of having him talk directly to the audience works well.
Arjun Mathur is cast as Rahul Gandhi but the movie doesn’t focus much on him and is given little to do. Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi has even less footage. The only actor other than Akshaye who shines from this mess unharmed is Divya Seth Shah, who effortlessly plays Gursharan Kaur, Dr Singh’s wife.
Debutante director and co-writer Vijay Ratnakar Gutte has done a great job in presenting the movie with astonishing script and impressive screenplay. The movie is short and not dragged which is the best part. He has taken major attempts in assigning the roles to the actors and successfully done it. As the real places weren’t provided tot hem for shooting the movie, the usage of VFX makes it look really natural.
This movie will surely become one of the most known political drama movie. When the book was published, the Congress party wasn’t really leaning towards it which is quite obvious.
Cinespeaks Verdict– We can see that the film is made with patience and a lot of risks but at the end, they were all worth it because of an outstanding output. Without a doubt, the true hero of the movie is Baru, played with benevolent personality, Akshaye Khanna.
Cinespeaks gives 3.5 stars to The Accidental Prime Minister.