Heard This? Anupam Kher’s ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ to Release in Pakistan

The Accidental Prime Minister gets a thumbs-up from Pakistani censor board even as Uri, the other film that released alongside it, did not find an outlet
Heard This? Anupam Kher’s ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ to Release in Pakistan
Anupam Kher in a still from 'The Accidental Prime Minister'

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.”

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