Picture this - What will a film about former prime minister Manmohan Singh show? How good a protagonist will the man, often criticized for being a sideshow leader and silent spectator in India politics, make?
Well, we don't have to stretch our imaginations too much as we may get the very film very soon. Producer Sunil Bohra has acquired the film rights for Sanjaya Baru's book 'The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh'. The book, by Singh's former media adviser, chronicles major political events and the author has gone on record to say that it a defence of the former PM.
However, Bohra has said that wished to keep the film "apolitical". So if this book won't be completely political film, what role would MMS play? Maybe his quoteable quotes can give us an idea what the kind of dialogues and moods Manmohan Singh might have in the film.
So here's a look at some of Manmohan Singh's quotes and the possible context they could have in the upcoming film, if it was a typical Bollywood biopic.
This quote would make for a perfect opening for a biopic. One can almost see a philosophical MMS staring in the distance thinking of how the future generations will view his leadership as the opening credits roll, before the madness of Parliament and press conferences begins.
This Urdu couplet, meaning 'My silence is better than a thousand answers, it keeps intact the honour of innumerable questions', can play in the background as the film establishes the life and times of Singh. After all what is a good Hindi movie without poignant poetry.
This quote ties in with Singh's time as the Finance Minister who bailed out India at a time of economic crisis. And while it is no way reflects his contribution to the economy, it makes for a proper Bollywood one-liner.
Speaking of one-liner cliches, this popular proverb, will do a splendid job of showing what impact his years at Oxford and United Nations had on his personality.
Using age-old adages seems to be a pattern with Singh. Maybe he thought English proverbs made for good comebacks or maybe it was his inclination towards Western education, but they will make for good film dialogues if said with the right amount of sass.
Singh's skills as an economist is what kick-started his career in government service and earned him his reputation. Some would say that he was valued more as a Finance Minister in the 1990s than the Prime Minister is 2000s. This quote can be used while his character is being established as the astute economist that he was.
This could be the parting shot of the film - how a leader on the verge of leaving for good, viewed his years in office. This was MMS at his confident best, something he wasn't vocal about during his two terms.
Finally, we have the one quote that a majority of people would want to see in a movie about Manmohan Singh, the one dialogue that media and opposition often quote and the one we expect from him on most days..... his infamous silence!
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Updated Date: Jul 22, 2015 16:40:16 IST