‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ Director Vows To Never Make Another Political Film. Here’s Why

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ Director Vows To Never Make Another Political Film. Here’s Why

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has received a mixed response so far at the box office since its release
‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ Director  Vows  To Never Make Another Political Film. Here’s Why
A still from 'The Accidental Prime Minister'

Not that Vijay Ratnakar Gutte is daunted by the savage tone of some of the reviews. But the first-time director has vowed to never again make a political film. “And  I mean never, ever,” Gutte asserts. “This has nothing to do with the controversies surrounding The Accidental Prime Minister. I  have no interest in making political films. I took up The Accidental Prime Minister as a challenge. And I think I succeeded in doing what I  had set out to do,” says  Vijay Gutte.

He has shut the negative reviews out of his mind.  “I can see them. But I  decline their validity in my life. There is so much positivity about the film. In many centres, the film has opened too far bigger audiences than expected.  I was told my film was for multiplex audiences. I  don’t really understand this segregation. I am new to this profession. I think  Rs.6.5 crores  on  the first day is  fairly impressive  for a film that does not feature any  superstar.”

Gutte is also new to the backlash which his film has received by some critics. “I can understand the criticism. But personal remarks in the guise of criticism, I don’t understand. The film is an adaptation of a book that hit the shelves six years ago. It was an elaborate account of Dr Manmohan Singh’s relationship with his press advisor.  There were separate chapters in the book, and the story unfolds in a similar format on the screen. It wasn’t easy to do. I couldn’t have done   this without Kher Sir.”

The debutante director can’t stop singing his leading man’s praise.  “Kher Sir has largely played extroverted boisterous characters. Here as  Dr Manmohan Singh, he had to be subdued, totally underplayed. Some people are sniggering about his stiff hand movements in the role. Let me inform them that we studied Dr Singh’s walk in several news clips and he actually walked the way he was shown in the film with his hands held stiffly in front of him. I may be a novice.  But would an  actor of Anupam  Kher’s experience  hamper and kill his performance with an  exaggerated physical trait?”

Gutte says the walk isn’t the only true facet of Dr Manmohan Singh’s personality as seen in the film. “All that we ’ve shown is in the public domain.  It is very well-known that Dr Singh was treated in a  particular way by the Congress high command. When that  is  shown in the film why is it a   matter of such outrage for  some?”

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