Congress denies banning 'The Accidental Prime Minister' in MP

BJPs comment on upcoming film raises storm

The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh said Friday it had not banned the film "The Accidental Prime Minister", in which actor Anupam Kher plays former PM Manmohan Singh. The film is based on a popular book of the same name that was penned by Sanjaya Baru, who was the media advisor of the Prime Minister at that time.

The trailer of the movie shows Anupam Kher getting into the shoes of Singh, perfectly resembling the latter's appearance and body language.

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor loved the trailer of Anupam Kher-Akshaye Khanna starrer "The Accidental Prime Minister", and says the film seems to be "political yet interesting".

" Un ke (Congress) neta pe film bani hai, they should be happy, aapko bheed lekar bhejni chahiye film dekhne ke liye, kyunki dialogues hain usme jaise ki " main desh ko bechunga?" jis se lagta hai ki kitne mahaan hain Manmohan Singh Ji", Kher added. Apart from their smooth transformation, the set of the film does not fail to take one back to the intended politically-charged period.

"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", state Youth Congress President Satyajeet Tambe Patil said in his letter to the producers.

Many in the Congress have raised objections over the the film, while the BJP has praised it as a "riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years". "Even leaders of the Congress party used films like Udta Punjab (based on the drug menace in Punjab) to drive across their point", said the actor.

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. "Watch the official trailer of #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister, based on an insider's account, releasing on 11 Jan!" Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh impresses with his body language. "Using words like "accidental" prime minister is very wrong and we will not allow such a film", he warned.

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