5 Reasons To Watch The Accidental Prime Minister Film Made With Freedom Of Expression

And decide whom to vote in 2019.

Zainab Siddiqui

Jan 1, 2019|7 min read


We should be happy that there is a shift in the genre of movies Bollywood has been making. Biopics, the real incident inspired films and social message films, have made a good place in the lives of Indian filmmakers. 

Sanju – One Man Many Lives, Sachin – A billion Dreams, Raazi, MS Dhoni – The Untold Story, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Dangal, Neerja, Mary Kom, Paan Singh Tomar, etc. are some famous biopics made in Bollywood. 

Parmaru, Black Friday, Manjhi – The Mountain Man, Airlift, Gold, Soorma, etc. are some of the most loved Bollywood films based on real-life incidents.

Even Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, PadMan, Secret Superstar, Swades, Hindi Medium, 3 Idiots, Aarakshan, English Vinglish, My Name Is Khan, OMG Oh My God!, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par, Table No 21, etc. are some best Bollywood movies with a social message.

Another Bollywood Biopic With A Message Is Coming In January 2019

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2018 was about to end when the trailer of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ film was released. The life is based on the life of Former PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and is a screen adaptation of a book with the same name. 

About ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ book

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ book has been authored by Sanjaya Baru and was published in the year 2014. Sanjaya Baru was the Former Media Adviser to PMO India, during the serving tenure of UPA I and UPA II. 

Before joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Sanjaya Baru was the chief editor of Financial Express. Manmohan Singh and Baru have been very close when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister of India. He has been Manmohan Singh’s ‘eyes and ears’ and self-appointed ‘conscience-keeper’.

Baru has been a witness to the best and worst times of UPA I and UPA II, the government’s internal operations and behind the scenes of Indian politics. He had seen Dr. Singh’s transformation from a renowned economist to a defamed politician. 

Thus, the book The Accidental Prime Minister is an honest account of incidents and presents the intimate life of Dr. Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister. 

About ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ movie

The movie based on Dr. Manmohan Singh’s life during his Prime Ministerial tenure is going to release on 11th January 2019. The released date of the movie is kept in close proximity to the 2019 general elections in India. Thus, various political commentators have also noted it as BJP’s campaign for gaining votes. 

However, the truth is that the film is based on real-life facts and there is no scope for changing them. Although, they have dramatized the PM’s Office and dialogues the feelings, incidents, and characters are true to the core. 

In fact, Anupam Kher, who is playing the role of Dr. Manmohan Singh in the film, has said in an interview, “You will fall in love Dr. Manmohan Singh after watching the film.” And we believe the same should happen. 

There are many heartfelt scenes in ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ trailer and the innocence in the dialogue, ‘Mai desh ko bechunga?’ just cuts through the heart. It’s saddening for a Prime Minister, who is the representative of the nation to be a puppet in the hands of party president. 

Reasons why every Indian Must Watch the Accidental Prime Minister movie

The Accidental Prime Minister has created an intense buzz around the country for a number of reasons. Starting from the acting chops of Anupam Kher who portrays former PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh, to the political slugfest over the film, and ending over war over social media, the movie has gained its due limelight.

Here are 5 reasons why every Indian must watch the Accidental Prime Minister movie why India needs more like the accidental Prime Minister film:

1.    Your respect for the world-renowned economist will be revived

While Dr. Manmohan Singh was in power, our respect for him as a PM had reached its lowest due to the corruption scams and slowed development. 

It will take you through the challenges faced by an honest man when he wanted to serve his nation by being in power. 

You'll see what opposition he faced from his own party President and party members, every time when he wanted to do something new, something good. 

They had prevented his steps every single time and made him a puppet in their hands. In simple words, Dr. Singh's innocence was misused.

2.    You will get lessons from the life of Former PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh

While watching the Accidental Prime Minister movie, you will come across situations that might happen in real life too. 

You will get lessons as to what should be done and what not should be done in such situations. 

PM Manmohan Singh managed to keep himself incorruptible among all the rotten apples, he kept silent so that his words don’t spark large debates and didn’t incur useless financial expenses. 

You will learn how you could keep yourself away from all negativity, how you could find your space in that crowded corridor. 

3.    You will unveil the most corrupt government India has seen

Mughals, Britishers, and everyone else who came to India came for loot and plunder. But none of them caused so much damage to our economy. 

The Accidental Prime Minister film tells you what was largely known but in an ironical way. It was during UPA I and UPA II that we saw a league of scams. 

Bofors Scam, 2G Spectrum Scam, Satyam Scam, Commonwealth Game Scam, Coal Scam, Chopper Scam, Tatra Truck Scam, Adarsh Scam, etc. are some of the notable scams that took place right then. 

4.    You will realize how public figures are always under scrutiny

As the title of the film and book by Sanjay Baru goes, you must be eager to find out how the former Prime Minister was ‘accidentally’ elected to the post. 

But while you do so, you will understand that public figures are always under scrutiny and media has an eye on every action done by them. 

Even Manmohan Singh’s silence was under question. You can very well make out how leaders have to be cautious even behind closed doors. 

Since this movie is based on a leader’s life, you will closely understand the role of media in construction a person’s image and deconstructing the same.

5.    Your decision for giving your vote in 2019 elections will become clear 

As the 2019 elections are approaching, every responsible citizen of India is confused with the two choices we have. 

On one hand, we have Congress party, who have Rahul Gandhi as their Prime Ministerial candidate, and have run the government for over decades. 

On the other hand, we have Bhartiya Janta Party, who have Narendra Modi as their PM candidate and are serving their term presently. 

The decision becomes tough when we weigh the comparison of both parties. The film will make things clear.

The film receives more criticism than the book

These reasons are common to both the film and the book, but comparing watching the ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ film, with reading the ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ book, we all know watching is something all Indians will do. 

And since a majority will watch the film, there is unrest in the Congress Party. Nobody is concerned about the readers of the book, who already know the dark side of shitty nepotism based politics.

Let us fall in love with Dr. Manmohan Singh

Those of you who believe that Dr. Manmohan Singh was a weak Prime Minister, must watch the film. The man, who - 

•    introduced liberalization in India in 1991 Union budget, 

•    gave effect to 2005 India-US nuclear deal, 

•    introduced the National Rural Employment Guarantee (now known as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act or MGNREGA), 

•    gave children up to 14 years access to free and compulsory education, 

•    the sustained annual GDP growth rate of 8 percent over a period of eight years,

deserves this kind of a tribute for the great work he has done in the past. May we get such remarkable Prime Ministers in the future as well.

The Accidental Prime Minister movie’s cast includes Anupam Kher in the lead role, Akshay Khanna as Sanjaya Baru (political commentator), Suzanne Bernert as Sonia Gandhi, Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi and Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi among others. 

The upcoming biopic has been produced by Bohra Bros, written by Mayank Tiwari and is set to release on January 11.


Zainab Siddiqui

A lot of magic happens with words, a lot more than your imagination. All you need is the magician, who plays the right trick, at the right time, to leave the world enchanted. I am that magician. And Feeding Trends is the single rose that makes my garden!



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