Vijay Gutte directorial ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has been facing criticism ever since its trailer was released last month.
A petition has been filed in a Bihar court against actors Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna- who’re playing former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his media adviser Sanjaya Baru, respectively, in the film.
Lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha filed the case in Muzaffarpur’s Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court. The court has admitted the case and fixed January 8 to hear the case in Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate court.
Advocate Ojha in his petition complained that Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna, who have played the role of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his media adviser Sanjaya Baru in the film, have damaged the image of both of them. “It hurt me and many others,” he said.
Addressing the hullabaloo, Khanna recently told Mumbai Mirror, “If you make an authentic political film, which talks of real people and real events, in a politically conscious country like India, it is but natural that people will react to it in different ways and there will be a collage of opinions. That’s to be expected and if it didn’t happen, I would have been disappointed. But at the end of the day, it’s just a film, not an earthquake or a Tsunami, so let us not get too carried away.”
Calling The Accidental Prime Minister a mature entertainer, he added, “Yes, we have made a political film, but it has not deviated from the book or from facts that are already in the public domain. We’re not showing anything new in terms of what people already know, have seen or heard. What we have made is a mature entertainer and I know people will come out of the theatre with a smile.”
The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on January 11.