The most silent man of India, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is set to get his first Bollywood film. The movie titled The Accidental Prime Minister is based on the book by Sanjaya Baru by the same name. While Anupam Kher had long been roped in for the role of Singh, it has now been confirmed that Akshaye Khanna will play political commentator and policy analyst, Sanjaya Baru.
Khanna, son of late Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna and former BJP MLA told The Economic Times, “I am thrilled and excited to be a part of a venture which will be path breaker, a game changer at many levels. The balance which he (Baru) gave to the book needs to be admired”.
AkshayeKhanna’s look in SunilBohra‘s The Accidental Prime Minister, being directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte. Akshaye will play SanjayBaru, media advisor and chief spokesperson of erstwhile prime minister ManmohanSingh (played by AnupamKher). Film will roll on March 31 in London pic.twitter.com/HU7ZwCYEYX
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The actor, last seen in Ittefaq, also realizes the importance of playing the political power on screen, “I realised that it is a very important movie, whether I was a part of it or not was secondary. Even if my role was insignificant I would have still done it.”
Movies with strong political storylines have not always had the smoothest sailing in Bollywood but Akshaye is confident, “It is very natural to suspect an agenda in a political thriller of such gravity. But I love the way my Director and the entire team is approaching the movie without any agenda which is very important for a political film.”
The movie will hit the floors in March and is slated for a December 21 release.