Anupam Kher, one of the proficient and adroit actors of Bollywood industry, will play the role of former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, in a movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, based on a memoir by Manmohan Singh’s media adviser Sanjaya Baru.
Baru, who served his term of Singh’s media adviser from 2004 to 2008, wrote ‘The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh’ and released it in 2014. He was critical of Singh’s first term as PM and had coincided with the 2014 parliamentary polls. In the book, he claimed that Singh was ‘defanged’ by the Congress government and had given his strings within the hands of Sonia Gandhi in the matter of key government appointments.
The movie is expected to hit the screens in December 2018, just ahead of the next general election in 2019. The film’s first glimpse will be revealed on Wednesday.
Producer Sunil Bohra said, “It will be a political vendetta, grander than Richard Attenborough’s Academy award-winning Gandhi”.
The screenplay for the film has been written by National award-winning director Hansal Mehta and will be directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte.
However, the remaining cast is yet to be finalised.
“The research on the movie is already over. Auditioning (for the remaining cast) is in its final lap. The movie will hit the screens next year,” said Bohra, who has co-produced films like Gangs of Wasseypur and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster.
Kher while confirming his role in the film told ET, “Acting the role of anyone in contemporary history is extremely challenging, as comparisons are bound to be instant and inevitable. But as I have always revelled in challenges, right from my first film Saaransh, I look forward to the experience of portraying PM Manmohan Singh”.