New Delhi. Actor Anupam Kher claims that the audience would love his portrayal of Manmohan Singh in “The Accidental Prime Minister”, and also believes that the film should be India’s entry to the Oscars.
Resistance by the Congress to the film’s release followed the launch of its trailer on Thrusday. The film shows Manmohan Singh dealing with pressures from the Congress leadership — Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi — and even offering to resign.
Calling it a propaganda film, the Congress accused the BJP of trying to capitalise on it at a time the country is preparing for the national election next year. But for the BJP, it’s a “riveting tale”.
The veteran actor, however, defended the timing saying “if a film is about the government and the prime minister, it makes perfect sense to release it before elections”.
“The film is based on a book written by the media adviser to the prime minister. The book has been in the public domain for four years and nobody has objected to it. The project was announced two years ago, and every newspaper wrote about my look. The film has also got the censor board stamp,” Mr Kher said.
It’s unfortunate that in our country protests get more attention than the performances or the idea, Mr Kher lamented.
“Of the 500-odd films that I have done, this has been the most difficult role. I have put my life into it so these protests are upsetting,” the actor said.
This film, according to me, should be India’s entry to the Oscars and I should be nominated for my performance, Anupam Kher added.