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The trailer of 'The Accidental Prime Minister', a political drama based on a book by former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s media advisor Sanjaya Baru, was released on Thursday and it seemed that the film had been caught up in Politics.
Various political parties from Congress to BJP have something to say in this regard.
BJP shared the trailer on their official Twitter handle and wrote “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?”
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 Congress in Maharashtra has demanded a preview of the movie that features internal party politics at the time.
According to media reports, Maharashtra Youth Congress President Satyajeet Tambe Patil wrote to the producers of the film.
His letter also says if there are any "unfactual scenes" or parts that malign the Congress, "we demand that same should be edited and deleted from the movie, which can be concluded by us only after viewing the movie". If not, he warned of "other options" to stop the screening.
He also said from the trailer it appears that "facts have been played with and presented in an incorrect manner with regards to the ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress party to malign the image of the party."
Among those who criticised the Maharashtra Congress leader for his warning was former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
"As much as the Congress, its branches/off-shoots and other well-wishers of Dr Manmohan Singh may find the movie disagreeable, we can't talk about intolerance and then threaten to stop all screenings. Dr Singh's record & legacy won't be the product of one single movie or book," he tweeted.
As much as the Congress, it’s branches/off-shoots & other well wishers of Dr Manmohan Singh may find the movie disagreeable, we can’t talk about intolerance & then threaten to stop all screenings. Dr Singh’s record & legacy won’t be the product of one single movie or book. https://t.co/zb9GZxMwgL— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) December 28, 2018
According to media reports, the film may not be allowed to release in Congress-ruled Madhya Pradesh with chief minister Kamal Nath mulling a ban on the film in the state.
Hitting out at the Congress for objecting to the film, Kher said that the film has been cleared by the Censor Board and what the party says should not be given importance. He also reminded that party chief Rahul Gandhi had recently tweeted about the importance of freedom of expression and he should reprimand his followers.
“My job is to act, the filmmakers' job is to make the film. All the information in the movie was out in the public domain since 2014. If someone has a complaint, they should file it but there should be no goondagardi,” he said.
He said at the trailer launch of the film, "There will be a different kind of interpretations and one can have their own interpretation. People release patriotic films during Independence Day or Republic Day. This is a political film and we would like to release it in the election time. What is the problem with that?"