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Post by ashdoc on Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:35 pm

This film is on Dr Manmohan Singh , who was selected by Congress to be it's Prime minister in 2004 because Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi could not become PM because of her Italian origin . He is played by Anupam Kher , who is shown to be forever in a position of humble submission with his hands leaning forward and having a very weak voice and meek demeanour . His acting is okay . The film is from the point of view of his media adviser Sanjaya Baru , who is played with panache by Vinod Khanna's son Akshay Khanna . 

In his first term Dr Singh acts with his own mind and puts all his prestige behind the nuclear deal with the USA which will legitimise India's nuclear weapons . The left parties on whose support the Congress is in power refuse to ratify the deal , which could lead to collapse of the government if they refuse to support it in parliament . But Dr Singh stakes his all on the deal and refuses to call off the deal , believing the deal to be a game changer for India in the world . He strikes a good rapport with US President George Bush , who is ready to legitimise India's nuclear weapons . And Dr Singh's persistence pays off as the Samajwadi party supports the deal after it's leaders talk to President Abdul Kalam who is a man of science , and the deal is ratified in Parliament . 

Around this period comes the death of former PM Narsimha Rao , but the Congress refuses to honour the dead leader's legacy in Delhi and tells his family to do that in Hyderabad where Rao had no connections . This disappoints Dr Singh , who feels that Rao was a great man and deserved to be honoured . However the successful nuclear deal has raised his popularity in the country , and the Congress party wins second time in elections . The whole country is agog with the slogan 'Singh is King' . But the party has a cynical plan to dump the blame of defeat on Dr Singh if it loses and give credit of the victory on Rahul Gandhi . 

In the second term , Singh is shown to be losing his steam as the Congress is reeling with accusations of scams . He keeps quiet as the party tries to deflect the blame on him , thus showing his weakness . Sanjaya Baru writes the book 'The accidental Prime minister' on Singh , but the book sees no sales at first . But a strong denial of the book's facts by the Prime minster's office in press conference gives it the much needed publicity and the book's sales soar . But the facts exposed in the book lead to breakdown of the relationship between Singh and Sanjaya . Singh vows to never stand for election again . His party loses the elections anyway . 

Acting wise , photography and colours wise , background music wise and songs wise I found the movie a decent watch for people interested in politics.

Verdict---Decent .

Three stars out of five .

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Post by Seva Lamberdar on Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:39 pm

Very interesting review, Doc. Thanks for posting it. It seems the use of "accidental" in the movie / book title with respect to the ex-PM probably originated from his own past media interviews (calling himself in them as a politician / prime minister by "accident"), e.g.
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/pranab-mukherjee-had-reason-to-be-upset-when-i-became-pm-manmohan-singh-1762695
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