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The Accidental Prime Minister

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Anupam Kher is playing Dr Manmohan Singh in the film version of Sanjaya Baru's book The Accidental Prime MinisterWikipedia

The Accidental Prime Minister Reviews


Alas that’s not enough to keep you engaged in this nearly-two-hour film whose agenda and very reason to exist is transparent from the word go.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


The film is an out-an-out propaganda film, created for the specific purpose of making the former prime minister look like a weak, spineless man, a puppet whose strings were controlled by The Family.

Raja Sen
Hindustan Times


All is unsubtle, everyone’s a lookalike in this film and yet manage to outperform the man in the lead -- Anupam Kher who stars as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Rahul Desai
Film Companion


The film is so incompetently crafted, terribly performed and transparently petty that it isn’t even pathetic enough to be panned as a “propaganda” movie

Unfortunately, despite all the good intent, The Accidental Prime Minister, quite like its protagonist, fails to deliver on the promise.

Suparna Sharma
Deccan Chronicle


The motive of this tacky, third-rate propaganda piece is all too apparent in the story it wants us to go home with.

The Accidental Prime Minister tries to defame Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, and I don't believe it is accidental.

Anupam Kher must be commended for putting in a lot of hard work, but his portrayal simply doesn't work

For all the storm around it, “The Accidental Prime Minister” is a hollow film - it has nothing to say, no stand to take and no insight to offer about its subject.

Ronak Kotecha
Times Of India


Bollywood has produced several political dramas that are intense, complex and dark, The Accidental Prime Minister has all of that in measured tones. It leaves you more entertained than informed, and we don’t think it’s by accident.

Meena Iyer
DNA India


If you're into current affairs this one will pique your interest. Be warned: this is not 'entertaining' by any stretch of the imagination.

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India Today


Vijay Ratnakar Gutte's The Accidental Prime Minister is so unsubtle in its disdain for the Nehru-Gandhi family and the Congress, that it could almost pass off as a creation of the social media cell of the ruling party.

All said and done, this political-drama neither has much politics nor has an authoritative drama. What it has is a couple of very good performances but they aren’t enough to make you stick your seats even for a very crisp duration. From what, as a dumb-headed politic follower, I feel this was a homage to an individual leading to demean a party. If you guys see the film, please let me know if I’ve got this right.

...rests on a great premise but the faulty and flawed screenplay and direction ruin the show. At the box office, the controversy surrounding the film might help it initially but the film is bound to crash.

I came away with Akshaye Khanna’s smug smile and his jaunty walk. He is conspiratorial throughout, occasionally pensive and seemingly having the last laugh in an inelegant adaptation.

Manisha Lakhe


The film is shabbily made even though they get lots of cast to look like people in real life, and skims the events in Dr, Singh's work life. Is this a propaganda film?

Audience Reviews for The Accidental Prime Minister

  • Tejas Nair
    Tejas Nair
    258 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    There is nothing extraordinary in The Accidental Prime Minister except for how it has been narrated, but I would still recommend it to you because it is at least slightly better than the countless hagiographic biopics we have seen in Bollywood in the past two years alone. This one here is at least honest and occasionally funny. TN.

    Originally reviewed for the Little India Directory.

    January 12, 19