Accidental Prime Minister Trailer Review: Manmohan Singh The Victim, Congress The Villain
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Accidental Prime Minister Trailer Review: Manmohan Singh The Victim, Congress The Villain

Watch the trailer and read its review here!

The trailer of The  Accidental Prime Minister begins with director  Hansal Mehta’s voiceover reminding us what a thankless job   Dr Singh had taken over.

Indeed, acquiring the most powerful job in the country…hell, can’t get worse.

Wait wait.  It can get worse. The trailer introduces us to Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh. Here’s where the plot really thickens. I mean, the turban is fine,  the voice is tucked down the vocal chord as thought the winter chill had got into it, the resemblance is impressive if you are into imitations.  But is that what this film aspires to do? In that case, a  mimicry artiste would have been even better than  Kher.
Sunil Grover,  perhaps?

These thoughts vamoosed from my head as the trailer progressed and the Congress helmers Mrs Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were shown as purely evil Machiavellian schemers who had the pure-as-the-Ganga Dr Singh clamped by his…errr, jowls.

In one telling moment of the turgid trailer Mrs Gandhi(played by an actress who thinks imitation is the best form of flattery) tells the dedicated, humble, patriotic,  softspoken(etc etc), Dr  Singh, “How can you resign now with so many scams hitting the party? This is  not the  right time for Rahul to take  over.”

So now we finally know why Mrs G  allowed  Dr S  to remain the  Prime  Minister. To protect her son from the scams. Clever, Mama, clever. What a devious on-screen.

Then there is the film’s sutradhar Sanjaya Baru played by Akshaye Khanna. He goes around behaving as if he knows something that no one else does while  ‘Rahul Gandhi’ played by Arjun  Mathur and  ‘Priyanka Gandhi’  played by Ahana Kumra bustle about trying to find a place in the plot, much in the same that they did in real life.

The trailer of The Accidental Prime  Minister comes just a  day after the trailer Of Thackeray. Both are propagandist cinema meant to show the protagonist in the brightest light possible. But  Thackeray has Nawazuddin. Not that it makes much of a difference.
Neither Dr Singh nor Balasaheb would have imagined sailing in the same boat some day. Cinema is definitely more democratic than politics.
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