Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, The Accidental Prime Minister records the life of economist and politician Dr Manmohan Singh who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014 under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
The role of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is featured by veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher. The role of former Congress President Sonia Gandhi is played by German actress Suzanne Bernert. Arjun Mathur and Aahana Kumara will be seen playing the role of Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi respectively.
Akshay Khanna is the narrator of the story and also plays the pivotal role of Dr Singh’s media advisor Sanjay Baru, who is the author of the memoir on which the movie is based on.
The Accidental Prime Minister, which released in 1300 screens across the country, managed to earn around Rs 3 crore on its first day, according to early estimates. Meanwhile, Uri: The Surgical Strikes reportedly made around Rs 5 crore, according to early estimates.
According to trade analyst Girish Johar, The Accidental Prime Minister has taken 15% start as compared to Uri which has taken around 30% start.
— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) January 11, 2019
“The Accidental Prime Minister”, directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte and based on an eponymous book by Sanjaya Baru, is the first release of the year 2019 along with Uri: The surgical strike.
The Accidental Prime Minister released just before the country goes into one of the most important polls, the political drama has attracted attention even from political corridors for its attack on the Congress party and the Gandhi family.
Anupam Kher was asked by media if the film was based on any political propaganda as it has been released just before the Lok Sabha elections, for which the actor replied, “We have made this film with a lot of sincerity and we don’t have any political agenda behind the release of the film.”
Despite no star value in the cast, The Accidental Prime Minister is expected to do decent business on account of the controversy surrounding it.
The film might generate enough interest in the politically charged climate to post decent box office collection, but it will have to face competition from Uri and Petta, which were released along with it on Friday.
The movie will also face a tight competition from Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba, which have already crossed Rs 200 crore and is still going strong in its second week.