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Seeking Veto Over ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, Youth Congress Threatens Disruption

The trailer of the film has sparked a row with Youth Congress alleging distortion of facts and asking for a prior screening.

Mumbai: The Congress party’s Maharashtra youth wing has raised objections to Anupam Kher-starrer The Accidental Prime Minister, the trailer of which was released on Thursday, December 27.

The trailer of the film, based on the eponymous book by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media advisor Sanjaya Baru, has sparked a row with Congressmen alleging distortion of facts. The trailer shows Singh as the ‘victim’ of inside politics of the Congress ahead of 2014 general elections, which the United Progressive Alliance lost. The film is set to release on January 11.

Raising objections against the “incorrect representation of the facts”, the Congress party’s Maharashtra youth wing in a letter to the producers of the films have demanded a special screening.

In a letter issued to the makers of the film, Satyajeet Tambe Patil, president of the Maharashtra State Youth Congress has threatened to stop the screening of the film across India if cuts suggested by the office bearers of the Youth Congress aren’t made.

“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 then it will be understood that you are doing this deliberately and we have other options to stop the screening of the same across India for which you and your team would be completely held responsible,” read the part of the letter.

While the film’s messaging may well have overt political overtones – perhaps that is the reason the BJP’s official handle tweeted the trailer – the Youth Congress’s stand flies in the face of attempts by Congress leaders nationally to target the saffron party and parivar for its intolerance towards different points of view.

The film, based on Baru’s book by the same name, deals with Singh’s stint as the prime minister from 2004 to 2014. It also features former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, present party head Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi as characters.

Kher plays Manmohan Singh in the film, while German actor Suzanne Bernert will be seen as Sonia Gandhi.

The film is directed by Vijay R. Gutte, son of Ratnakar Gutte, an MLA from the BJP-allied Rashtriya Samaj Paksha. In August Vijay was arrested by the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence for a Rs 34-crore GST fraud.

Congress has in the past accused the Gutte family of siphoning off over Rs 300 crores as part of a sugar factory scam which involved fraudulently taking loans worth the same amount in the names of farmers without their knowledge and later diverting it to films.



courtesy : The Wire

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