In what could possibly be a retaliatory move to show last week’s anti-Pakistan film Uri its place, the Pakistan censor board has given the go-ahead to the other film released alongside Uri, although it has little relevance to Pakistan. We are talking about the Manmohan Singh bio-pic The Accidental Prime Minister. After showing decent box-office numbers in India the biopic will open in Pakistan this coming Friday. It will also be opening in dubbed Tamil and Telugu versions in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Sunil Bohra, the film’s co-producer is over the moon at the numbers. “We never expected this kind of support for our film. My Director Vijay Gutte, my leading men Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna plus the entire team had poured their heart and soul in putting a vivid and honest portrait of Dr Manmohan Singh on celluloid. We ‘re glad to have succeeded beyond anything we imagined.”
Anupam Kher who is shooting for an American serial in the US has only gratitude for the acceptance that his interpretation of Manmohan Singh’s personality has received. “I was ridiculed by knowledgeable critics for my performance. My political loyalties were questioned. But finally, it is the public which gave the film the acceptance we had hoped for.”
Anupam saw Manmohan Singh as his career’s biggest challenge. “ Portraying Dr Singh was the most difficult role of my life. I had to make sure that our much-misunderstood erstwhile prime minister did not get a raw deal again in our film. That’s what he got during his tenure as prime minister. We didn’t want him to suffer more of the same indignity in our film. I am proud to have played Dr Singh with such dignity.”