Accidental Prime Minister row: Plea filed in Delhi HC to stop airing film promos

The Accidental Prime Minister is at the heart of a firestorm, as several people have alleged that it is maligning Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s image.

Source: India Today

The Accidental Prime Minister is at the heart of a firestorm, as several people have alleged that it is maligning Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's image.

The Accidental Prime Minister is at the heart of a firestorm, as several people have alleged that it is maligning Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s image.

The Accidental Prime Minister, starring Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna, has been in a whirlpool of controversy ever since the trailer hit the web. The film is a biopic on Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and has been seen as a sharp dig at the Congress Party.

Recently, a plea was filed in the Delhi High Court, requesting that the trailer and promos should not be aired. The plea says that the post of the Prime Minister is a constitutional one and the trailer maligns the image of former PM, as well as the image of the country.

The Accidental Prime Minister is based on Sanjay Baru’s book of the same name.

The plea states that the trailer is misleading and is a deviation from Sanjaya Baru’s book and is completely false.

It also says that the trailer is a violation of Rule 38 of the Cinematography Act and shows living people, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, without their consent. The plea has also mentioned Youtube, Google, Central govt and CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification). It will be heard in Delhi HC on Monday.

Actors Akshaye Khanna had earlier expressed his views on the controversy. Akshaye, who plays Sanjaya Baru, media advisor to Singh in the years between 2004-2006, said, “If you make an authentic political film, which talks of real people and real events, in a politically conscious country like India, it is but natural that people will react to it in different ways and there will be a collage of opinions. That’s to be expected and if it didn’t happen, I would have been disappointed. But at the end of the day, it’s just a film, not an earthquake or a Tsunami, so let us not get too carried away.”

He also said that the film is based on pure facts that have long been in the public domain. “Yes, we have made a political film, but it has not deviated from the book or from facts that are already in the public domain. We’re not showing anything new in terms of what people already know, have seen or heard. What we have made is a mature entertainer and I know people will come out of the theatre with a smile,” he said.



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