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Filmmakers reserve the right to criticise: Akshaye Khanna on The Accidental Prime Minister row

The Accidental Prime Minister features Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh and is scheduled to release on January 11.

India TV Entertainment Desk India TV Entertainment Desk
New Delhi Published on: January 04, 2019 16:49 IST
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Akshaye Khanna on The Accidental Prime Minister row

Akshaye Khanna, who will next be seen in Vijay Gutte's political drama, The Accidental Prime Minister believes that filmmakers reserve the right to criticise politicians.There is a growing debate over Anupam Kher's The Accidental Prime Minister which is based on former PM Manmohan Singh. While some are calling it a pro-BJP film with hidden agenda, others are calling it anti-Congress. 

Akshaye, who is in the role of Singh's former media advisor Sanjay Baru, says it would be wrong to assume that the film makes fun of the Congress party. It only chronicles the tenure of Singh, and criticises issues which are already in public domain, he says. "Rahul Gandhi is the great-grandson of Jawarhlal Nehru. When he comes in front of the camera and tears up an ordinance by the government, the nation didn't like it. India went crazy. As filmmakers, we reserve the right to criticise you. It's not something which is not in public domain. It's etched in everyone's mind. If we don't like that behaviour, I have the right to say that," Akshaye said.

The trailer of the film was shared by BJP's official Twitter handle and irked some Congress leaders, who termed the political-drama as a "propaganda". The 43-year-old actor, son of late veteran actor-BJP MP Vinod Khanna, is aware of the controversy surrounding the film."Everyone has the right to their opinion. These comments and strong reactions are going to increase after the film is released. It won't die down. That's when the real politics will start. If someone makes a statement on anything be it a famous actor, director, author or painter, it is good. People are allowed to give their views, it's their freedom." 

Akshaye says he can't wait for audience to watch the film, which, he says, is an "honest" take on how things unfolded in the UPA government. "It's a film which when released, will bring about a big change in the way freedom of speech and expression is viewed in the country and how the world looks at us in terms of freedom of expression and how we look at it ourselves. It's an important day when the film will release because it makes a larger commentary," he adds.

Akshaye says it is puzzling to see people take offence on something that is constantly written about and also debated on social media and on TV channels. "The film isn't a biopic. It's ten years of prime minister Manmohan Singh, from 2004 to 2014 and that's what we are showing- what all happened in there. Every other form of media has full liberty to criticise governments, politicians, but you can't make a film? Why? What's the big deal if we have made a film on politics?"

The film features Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh and is scheduled to release on January 11.

(With PTI inputs)

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