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‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ Movie Review: Like a boring Civics lesson delivered by a half-asleep professor

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Directed By: Vijay Gutte

Produced By: Bohra Bros, Pen India Limited

Cast: Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1/5

I am not someone who reads (or watches) political news, but I have enjoyed watching political films like ‘The Ides Of March’ and reading political novels like ‘The Prodigal Daughter’.

Unfortunately, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is more boring than a civics lecture by a half-sleepy professor. The only plus point about the movie is Akshaye Khanna (who plays Sanjaya Baru) whose smile seems as charming as seeing the sun set in the sea.

They have made a mockery of Dr. Manmohan Singh (which is slightly offensive) and Anupam Kher mimics him as if he is doing a parody. There’s little that I can say about the story, but I can assure you that it will make you feel the pain that migraine patients suffer on a regular basis. Some of the people – like Vir Sanghvi or The Hindu’s N. Ram are extremely identical to their original version (watch out for Arnab Goswami’s on-screen avatar) which makes you think if this is an adult version of a fancy dress competition.

I won’t even get into whether the events shown in the movie were real or fake. Whatever it was, the scenes failed to evoke any emotion. It’s different from most biopics though, in the sense that it doesn’t whitewash the protagonist.

I haven’t read the book by Sanjaya Baru, but I am curious to know what his reaction to the shoddily made film would be.

Final verdict:

If you’re a political geek and have zero knowledge about cinema (in which case, why are you even reading this review?), you can watch this film to see some historical events take place. If you’re anything like me (a political noob), then I dare you to make it past the first half.

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