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The Accidental Prime Minister trailer stirs up political storm; Congress demands private screening prior to release

Barely hours after the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister was released, the film based on a namesake book by former prime minister Manmohan Singh's media adviser Sanjaya Baru, has managed to create a political stir with BJP resorting to Gandhi-family bashing and the Congres terming it a 'political propaganda' timed keeping in mind the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. While actor Anupam Kher, who portrays Singh in the film, has been praised on social media for his performance, political parties have been crossing swords over the portrayal of the former prime minister and the Congress party. The drama over the film, which is slated to be released on 11 January, has also generated funny reactions and memes on social media.

Let's take a look at some of the political reactions:

BJP on Twitter

The BJP on Thursday shared the trailer on Twitter and said it told a "riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years".

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.

Reactions to BJP's comment

Soon after the trailer was shared by the BJP, the Maharashtra Youth Congress and Punjabi Cultural Heritage Board (PCHB) wrote to the makers of the film and has asked for a private screening of 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," Satyajeet Tambe Patil, president of the Maharashtra State Youth Congress, said in a letter to the producers of the film.

Patil, also said that the trailer seemed provocative and maligned the Congress party through its erroneous portrayal of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also termed the film political propaganda and stated that the release date was a consciously planned decision.

However, India Today reports that the Congress party has released an internal circular asking its members not to comment on the film or the trailer.

Criticising statements made by Congress members

Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was subsequently quoted as saying by news agency ANI, "Can’t we extend our wishes for a film? Congress has been all for freedom, why is it questioning that freedom now?"

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also waded into the controversy when he criricised Patil for his comments.

He later also tweeted:

Some other BJP members have also reacted sharply to the movie's trailer:

Pankaj Pachauri, who was the media adviser to Singh after Baru, was quoted by News18 as saying that the book was a fictional account and the screen adaptation of that is also complete fiction. “It’s fiction turned into fiction,” he said. Singh, in the meanwhile, has refused to comment on the trailer.

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Updated Date: Dec 28, 2018 18:48:20 IST

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