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Movie Review: The Accidental Prime Minister (2019)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: TBA

THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER is the story of the ex-Prime Minister of India. In 2004, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which has Indian National Congress as the principle party, wins the Lok Sabha elections. Sonia Gandhi (Suzanne Bernert), president of Congress and chairperson of UPA, is all set to become the Prime Minister. But the opposition protests against this development since she’s not a natural born citizen of India. Hence Sonia decides to find someone capable and who also enjoys the confidence of the allies, to take up the post of Prime Minister. After careful deliberation, she asks Dr. Manmohan Singh (Anupam Kher) to be India’s next PM. Dr. Singh does so and soon realises that all the major decisions would be taken by Sonia Gandhi herself and her subordinate, Ahmed Patel (Vipin Sharma). Dr. Manmohan Singh meanwhile asks journalist Sanjaya Baru (Akshaye Khanna) to be his media advisor. Sanjaya knows Dr. Singh since more than a decade and has utmost respect for him. He tries his best to strengthen his image in the media and continuously tells him to make himself heard. Dr. Manmohan Singh however is too soft spoken and has no qualms in letting others take credit for his work. He also agrees to be remote controlled by Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi (Arjun Mathur), the latter poised to be India’s next Prime Minister. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Bollywood has produced several political dramas that are intense, complex and dark, The Accidental Prime Minister has all of that in measured tones.”
TOI
3.5 “It’s based on a book which came out just before the general elections in 2014 and is releasing in an election year, so you can draw your own conclusions…”
Filmfare
3.0 “Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna are life of this political puppet show”
DNA India
3.0 “Akshaye Khanna, Anupam Kher shine in an uneven yet enjoyable film”
Timesnownews
Average Reviews
2.5 “Did Manmohan fight with Sonia?”
Rediff
2.5 “Kher, Khanna raise the bar in an otherwise average flick”
Sify
2.5 “Unfortunately, despite all the good intent, The Accidental Prime Minister, quite like its protagonist, fails to deliver on the promise.

News18
Negative Reviews
2.0 “THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER rests on a great premise but the faulty and flawed screenplay and direction ruin the show”
Bollywoodhungama
2.0 “Anupam Kher is a good actor, but is this mimicry as I suspect, or good acting?”
Nowrunning
2.0 “nupam Kher’s Act Is Sincere But The Film Fails To Speak Loud!”
Filmibeat
2.0 “A Silent Disappointment!”
koimoi
2.0 “Is it a Propaganda Film or Not?”
Masala
1.5 “Anupam Kher’s Film Is Indescribably Vapid”
Ndtv
1.0 “Anupam Kher parodies Manmohan Singh in brazen propaganda”
Indiatoday
1.0 “Anupam Kher delivers an appalling performance”
Hindustantimes
1.0 “Anupam Kher’s portrayal of Dr. Manmohan Singh focuses on an overtly high-pitched voice and an awkward shuffle that comes dangerously close to caricature


Filmcompanion

0.0 ” Anupam Kher starrer The Accidental Prime Minister is an out-an-out propaganda film, created for the specific purpose of making the former prime minister look like a weak, spineless man, a puppet whose strings were controlled by The Family.”
Indianexpress

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