The trailer of the film, based on the eponymous book by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's media advisor Sanjaya Baru, has sparked a row with Congressmen alleging distortion of facts. The party and its government in Madhya Pradesh was also quick to deny reports that the movie would be banned in the state. The film is based on Sanjaya Baru's 2014 memoir of the same name and details Singh's relationship with the Congress party's Gandhi family.
Talking to PTI, Madhya Pradesh Congress Media Cell coordinator Narendra Saluja said, "This movie is part of the BJP's propaganda and tactics to divert attention from real issues".
Earlier in the day, in a similar move, the Maharashtra unit of Youth Congress has made a decision to stop the film's release in India and demanded a special screening.
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Actor Anupam Kher plays Manmohan Singh in the film, while German actor Suzanne Bernert will be seen as Sonia Gandhi. "Watch the official trailer of "TheAccidentalPrimeMinister", based on an insider's account, releasing on 11 January", the BJP said on Thursday night.
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Interestingly, the global actor who looks strikingly similar to the former Prime Minister with the turban and white beard, used to practice 3 - 4 hours daily perfecting his voice that could resemble to Dr Manmohan Singh. Apart from their smooth transformation, the set of the film does not fail to take one back to the intended politically-charged period.
The actor, however, defended Manmohan Singh as a person, saying he was "very humane" but not a "well versed politician".
"More they protest, more publicity they will give to the film".
Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the film is a biographical political drama, presented by Rudra Production (UK), Bohra Bros in association with Dr Jayantilal Gada (Pen India Limited).
Earlier, Congress spokesperson Syed Zaffer, resident of Chief Minister Kamal Nath's Lok Sabha constituency Chhindwara, had said the film would not be allowed to release in the state.