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Despite director’s arrest, producer of The Accidental Prime Minister ‘hopeful’ of completing film

Director Vijay Gutte was arrested on Friday for an alleged GST fraud. 

Keyur Seta

Debutant director Vijay Gutte, director of the upcoming The Accidental Prime Minister, was arrested on Friday by the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) for alleged Goods and Service Tax (GST) fraud worth Rs34 crore. He has been sent to judicial custody till 14 August.

This has, obviously, put a question mark on filming of The Accidental Prime Minister. However, the film’s co-producer Ashoke Pandit is hopeful that they will be able to complete the remaining shoot on time and release the film as per the schedule in December.

While stating the film’s status, Pandit told us, “We have already finished 70% [of the] shoot. The Mumbai and Bhopal schedules are left. We are adhering to our release date of 21 December.”

When it was pointed out that a film cannot be shot without the director, he was quick to add, “That’s a different matter on which I don’t wish to comment. As far as the film is concerned, we are sure and hopeful that we will complete it. We don’t know the situation right now, so I can’t comment. Obviously, without the director how will you shoot? But we know things will be positive and things will happen.”

When we contacted Mayank Tewari, the writer of the film, he replied saying, “The film is on.”

Starring Anupam Kher in the titular role, The Accidental Prime Minister is based on India’s former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh. It is adapted from the book of the same name by Sanjaya Baru, who was Singh’s media advisor during his tenure.