The Accidental Prime Minister fails to impress despite merits

In a film that settles for broad strokes instead of nuance, the odds are already stacked against a memorable performance.

When the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister first appeared, there was hope that we may finally have a credible political film that represented actual events with the cinematic flourish that it deserved. Unfortunately, first time director Vijay Ratnakar Gutte’s shot at mounting a political drama showcasing the trials and tribulations of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, fails to rise beyond mundane minutiae. Anupam Kher (Manmohan Singh) and Suzanne Bernert (Sonia Gandhi). The discrepancy between the big three and other characters like Jairam Ramesh, Ahmad Patel (with wigs that best represent a bad hair day) –sticks out like a sore thumb.

Starring Anupam Kher in the title role, what The Accidental Prime Minister deserves credit for, is not skirting the issue of naming names of political heavyweights integral to the story.

It also allows a glimpse into the most enigmatic and possibly rather misunderstood Prime Ministers of our times.

The screening of “The Accidental Prime Minister” was on Friday cancelled at a Kolkata theater due to security reasons amid protest demonstrations by youth Congress activists.

Despite all the good intent, The Accidental Prime Minister, quite like its protagonist, fails to deliver on the promise. The film has been rated 2.5/5.

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