Mumbai: The team of The Accidental Prime Minister, including Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna, will start filming the project from 31 March. Based on the book of the same name, written by former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s media adviser Sanjay Baru, the film feature Kher in the lead role.
“Exciting days ahead as Akshaye joins the crew. The Accidental Prime Minister begins shooting on 31 March with a fantastic ensemble led by Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna,” Hansal Mehta, who is working on the screenplay of the film, wrote on Twitter.
Exciting days ahead as Akshaye joins the crew… The Accidental Prime Minister begins shooting on March 31 with a fantastic ensemble led by @AnupamPKher and #AkshayeKhanna. Helmed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, produced by Bohra Brothers and adapted beautifully by @mayankis. pic.twitter.com/iUVfq2RWAM
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) March 13, 2018
Debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte is directing the film, produced by Bohra Brothers.
Former Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani said filmmakers will need to obtain a no-objection certificate from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi for the film.
The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh is a 2014 memoir by Indian policy analyst Sanjaya Baru, who was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media advisor from May 2004 to August 2008.
Published by Penguin India, the book alleges that Singh was not entirely in control of his cabinet—or even the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Instead, significant power was wielded by the Congress party’s president Sonia Gandhi, to whom Singh was completely “subservient”.
The PMO released a statement the day The Accidental Prime Minister was released, dismissing the veracity of the memoir, “It is an attempt to misuse a privileged position and access to high office to gain credibility and to apparently exploit it for commercial gain. The commentary smacks of fiction and coloured views of a former adviser.