The Accidental Prime Minister Movie Review

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The Accidental Prime Minister Movie Review . Based on the 2014 book by the same name, written by Sanjay Baru, The Accidental Prime Minister throws light on the 10-year tenure of former Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh (Anupam Kher). And gives us an insight into what might have actually happened behind closed doors during that period. The narrative takes place through the eyes of Sanjay Baru (Akshaye Khanna), Dr Singh’s media advisor, whom he had handpicked for the job.

The movie starts off with INC winning 2004 elections and Sonia Gandhi, to many people’s surprise and shock refuses to take up the position of the Prime Minister of India and instead selects then-Indian finance minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. The first half is interesting and intriguing to watch as it takes us inside the Prime Minister Office (PMO) and showcases how a PM and people around him function. It also shows how a soft-spoken man tries everything in his power to do the right thing with a street smart former-journalist by his side as his media advisor.

The movie keeps you hooked throughout. Filmmaker Vijay Gutte opted to break the fourth wall and have the narrator, Akshaye Khanna talk directly to the audience making them a part of the proceedings, House of cards style. Another interesting thing about the screenplay and the narrative was the skillfully woven humour in it.

If only Vijay Gutte had remained consistent with his approach towards the tone and screenplay. The second half of the movie is a big let down as suddenly the movie shifts its tone and the one basic thing that had lifted the first half takes a back seat – entertainment. The second half, at times, was confusing, especially, for those who aren’t that well versed with politics, and about the things that happened 6-8 years ago and also the execution of several scenes was too juvenile to ignore.

In fact, the second half was more like a montage of several scenes. The first half focused on the character arc of both PM and the media advisor but the second half is more focused on everything around them. It was two abstract and several scenes felt forced.

The major force that drives this movie to the finish line is the performance by its two perfectly cast leads – a phenomenal Akshaye Khanna and a fantastic Anupam Kher. Everybody knows how brilliant Akshaye Khanna is and he proves it once again with his mindblowing performance. Anupam Kher gets into the skin of the character and after a point, you won’t see the actor but only the character. The makers have done a great job with the casting of the film as the characters look the part they are playing on screen. From Sussanne Bernet, Arjun Mathur to Vipin Sharma everyone has done a good job.

The background score is inconsistent. The editing is good. In fact, it was too sharp for its own good in the second half. The CGI was noticeable in several scenes but won’t pull you out of the movie. Overall, the interesting narrative in the first half and the power-packed performances by Akshaye Khanna and Anupam Kher save this inconsistent film and make it an entertaining watch.

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