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Movie Review: The Accidental Prime Minister

January 11th, 2019 | by vBollywood Author

Movie: The Accidental Prime Minister
Cast: Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Arjun Mathur, Suzanne Bernert, Aahana Kumra
Writer: Vijay Ratnkar Gutte, Mayank Tewari, Karl Dunne, Aditya Sinha
Director: Vijay Ratnakar Gutte
Our rating:3/5
Official trailer:

Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna give their best for the film. The visible genius created on screen in the form of Dr. Manmohan Singh should be applauded – Anupam Kher could portray the mannerism of Mr Singh well.

The story begins in 2004, Lok Sabha Elections, when the voters of India choose Sonia Gandhi (here Suzanne Bernert) as the winner in the most influential race of being a Prime Minister. It was due to certain political hurdles, she decides to choose someone on her behalf to take the position. We see how Dr Manmohan Singh (Anupam Kher) gets elected by Sonia Gandhi as the face of the party as the Prime Minister. Within no time he begins to understand how he’s just a puppet and there’s a unilateral power that exists in the party. With the assistance of his media advisor, former Editor of The Financial Express, Sanjaya Baru (Akshaye Khanna), Dr Singh starts learning the tricks of politics. After years he’s been asked to compromise his beliefs for the interest of certain members of the party. How all of this ends, is what the main story.

The Accidental Prime Minister is based on the memoir penned by Sanjaya Baru, the story of the film has a team of 4 writers – Vijay Ratnkar Gutte, Mayank Tewar, Karl Dunne and Aditya Sinha. The film depicts the journey of a political figure but it loses its identity of being a biopic.

The Accidental Prime Minister has Anupam Kher shining bright as he nailed his role as Manmohan Singh. He copies the mannerisms of Dr Singh as he is in real life. His performance is entertaining as he was playing a certain character, but the writing could’ve been way better. Akshaye Khanna is brilliant! Certain aspects of his portrayal seemed inspired by Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) character from House Of Cards – especially the 4th wall break. Akshaye Kumar is truly missed in Bollywood film. Suzanne Bernert looks close to her character of Sonia Gandhi, and she has got the dialect right too. Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi is good too. He is able to take the required breathing spaces and pauses accurately.

The Accidental Prime Minister has good background score, it supports the satire well. There’s one song ‘Om Shabd’ which comes in the post-credit scene of the film.

The Accidental Prime Minister is a political-drama neither that has bits of politics and authoritative drama. With great performances the film is crisp.

The Accidental Prime Minister Movie releases on 11th January, 2019.

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