The Maharashtra Youth Congress has written to the makers of the film demanding a screening for approval before release.
Congress objects to The Accidental Prime Minister, BJP promotes Vijay Gutte's film through official handle
28 Dec 2018 11:16 IST
As expected of any political film in India, Vijay Gutte's The Accidental Prime Minister (2019) has run into trouble with the Congress party. The youth wing of the party in Maharashtra, Maharashtra Youth Congress have written to the makers demanding a screening of the film for clearance, before it is screened in theatres.
ANI reported that Satyajeet Tambe Patil, president of Maharashtra State Youth Congress, has sent out a letter to the makers of the film raising 'objections about the incorrect presentation of facts'.
Warning the makers, Patil also threatened that, unless the makers choose to show the film to the Congress party for clearance, they will not allow it to be screened anywhere in the country.
The letter states, "If the said movie is released without prior screening for our office bearers and without making necessary changes recommended by us that we find out after viewing the movie it will be understood that you are doing this deliberately and we have other options open to stop the screening of the same across India."
Maharashtra Youth Congress writes to makers of #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister & asks to show them the movie before release & if some scenes are found unfactual, they should be deleted else, Youth Congress will not let the movie be screened anywhere in the country. pic.twitter.com/CUGJ98hmv8— ANI (@ANI) December 27, 2018
The statement is a volte-face from the party which vehemently opposed similar protests against Padmaavat (2018). In fact, president of the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi had blamed the ruling BJP government for giving a 'free hand' to violent elements.
There will never be a cause big enough to justify violence against children. Violence and hatred are the weapons of the weak. The BJP's use of hatred and violence is setting our entire country on fire.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 24, 2018
On the other hand, the BJP has officially promoted Vijay Gutte's film using their official Twitter handle, coming in for criticism.
Riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years. Was Dr Singh just a regent who was holding on to the PM’s chair till the time heir was ready? Watch the official trailer of #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister, based on an insider’s account, releasing on 11 Jan! pic.twitter.com/ToliKa8xaH— BJP (@BJP4India) December 27, 2018
The Accidental Prime Minister (2019) is based on the book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, by Dr Sanjaya Baru. The film delves into the life and times of India's former prime minister, Manmohan Singh, during his tenure as the head of the Indian government.
The film is directed by Vijay Gutte, and features Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh, while Akshaye Khanna takes on the role of Sanjaya Baru. It is due to released in theatres on 11 January 2019.