An Accidental Prime Minister shows Anupam Kher depicting Dr. Manmohan Singh during his reign as the former Prime Minister of India. Based on a book by Sanjaya Baru, the film depicts Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, and Aahana Kumra in lead roles in the film. While the film has faced some controversies, Dr. Jayantilal Gada, the producer of the film, asks audiences to keep an open mind when watching the film and realizing that the film is an entertainment medium, and not meant to change the mindset of the population. We had a few questions for him, and he kindly obliged.
Was producing a film like this just ahead of the elections a conscious decision?
Our decision to produce this film has nothing to do with the upcoming elections. The film was in the making for over a year. The rights to depict the book (the film is based on a book on former PM Manmohan Singh) on screen were taken by Sunil Bohra (co-producer). Then the director, Vijay Gutte (debut film) was finalised. After the basics were decided, they went ahead to finalise the cast, which has been the most satisfying factor in the film. Sunil Bohra and the casting agency Bombay Casting did a brilliant job. When you watch the trailer, you can make out the kind of effort that has been put in the film. Anupam Kher as Dr. Manmohan Singh and Akshaye Khanna as Sanjaya Baru (the book was penned by him) are a treat to watch. The responsibility to release the film was put on our shoulders and we are glad that the movie has got a go-ahead from the Censor Board.
Getting the nuances of a public figure right can be difficult. As a producer, what was your input?
We expected some controversy and unfair attention when we came on board to back the film. We were sure to follow the right way of progressing with the film, which includes taking all permissions and seeking the CBFC’s approval. A lot of effort is put in by the producers, director, cast and crew for making a film and people should respect that and not try to sabotage the reputation of a film even before it hits the screens. Hence, it’s my humble request from everyone to consider our film as a medium of entertainment rather than finding reasons to create controversy. They need to understand that from a population of over 125 crore Indians, only three crore people watch films in theatres. So changing the mindsets of moviegoers is never a filmmaker’s target.
How did the team go about casting for the film?
Sunil Bohra and Vijay Gutte did a phenomenal job with the casting. It couldn’t have been better.
How similar is the film to the book by Sanjaya Baru?
The film is an exact replica of the book. Turning a novel into a movie is a difficult job, hence some cinematic liberty to make the scenes visually appealing was required, but we made sure that the essence was intact. The audience will be treated to an entertaining political film in the form of The Accidental Prime Minister. Since the film has been given a U certificate by the Censor Board, movie lovers across age groups can enjoy it on the big screen.