The Accidental Prime Minister sparks row: BJP calls film 'riveting tale', Congress says 'facts have been played with'

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday praised the movie The Accidental Prime Minister on Twitter, saying the film told a "riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years."

While it is uncommon for a political party to post praise for an upcoming film, it is no surprise that BJP tweeted out praise for this particular film.

The film is based on the book of the same name, written by Sanjay Baru, who served as former prime minister Manmohan Singh's media adviser from 2004 to 2008.

Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister.

Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister.

The trailer shows Singh as the victim of internal politics of the Congress ahead of 2014 general elections, which the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) lost.

Maharashtra Youth Congress has written to the makers of the film and has asked them to show them the movie before its release.

"If the said movie is released without prior screening for our office bearers and without making necessary changes recommended by us that we find out after viewing the movie it will be understood that you are doing this deliberately and we have other options open to stop the screening of the same across India," Congress said in its letter.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is essaying the role of Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister, had said that the film is a "game changer" in political biopics as it does not shy away from taking real names.

Asked if the ruling BJP government, which lost three state elections recently to Congress, would use the film as a tool in the run-up for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Kher said, "If I would have been in politics, I would have definitely told them to do so. But I am an actor, they will decide."

We did not start the film thinking that this kind of political scenario will be there. It is a political film based on a book, whatever the book has said we have tried to make that," he added.

Kher said the film is open to interpretations and it would be wrong to say that it supports or criticises a particular political party.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 27, 2018 23:31:01 IST

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