Accidental Prime Minister is not just a Movie but the need of the hour in my viewpoint. The way in which the truth is being brought out is very well thought idea. Sanjaya Baru, the former media advisor (played by Akshay Khanna) is the most appropriate person to reveal the secret of unexpected appointment of our former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and talk about the internal corridor games played out by the Family. It was a long-term strategy focused upon getting in Rahul Gandhi at the right moment by the playmaker, Sonia Gandhi. This story is about a man who became a mere puppet and was tied to his back when it came to driving certain necessary changes. For a long time, we were denied all these facts and also much venom was generated against Dr. Manmohan Singh who in fact was a patriot who wished to serve the nation with all heart and good intent.
But is there a political agenda behind making such a film and bringing it out so close to the most dramatic Lok Sabha Election in anticipation. After the pressure mounting on BJP having faced defeats in the recent state elections, it is not surprising that the timing seems all the more questionable.
Bollywood is changing and the kind of movies that are being made are driven by rock-solid quality content as well as the protagonists who are being able to depict the lifestyle and problems surrounding the ordinary man/women in an extraordinary way.
Many controversial topics are getting the required attention and the scare around bringing them on big screens is minimized for sure.
This positivity is the result of the evolution in the thought process both at the audience level and the maker’s level. The makers and the actors have been mature enough to trade-off a fine balance between the commercial masala movie space and sensible ground reality space. The audience has also grown in terms of their decision-making process to prefer the other side of the coin. Hence, the movies which were thought to only gain the documentary space, are able to draw out big numbers with confidence.
But with all this goodness, the thought that struck my mind was a little off-putting. The controversial scenario that gets developed around any such movie has put me in doubt. It has been observed that whenever such a situation revolves the movie, it becomes a success. The disagreements are natural and can be due to different perspectives.
Take Padmavati for example. Both viewpoints were required to be respected and it was inevitable for the makers to deal with sentiments of so many stakeholders involved in the depiction. Considering the potential of such films in shaping the way it triggers and affects certain emotions and thoughts at the mass level, it becomes important to get things right and ethical filmmaking is something that has to be practiced.
With movies like Accidental Prime Minister, Thackeray, or even Uri Attacks which are set to be rolled out and make this year dramatic right at the start, the opinion that is being voiced is about the timing of the release. Elections are just around the corner and it seems all fishy business when they get so much limelight. But yes if I have to say this openly, then it was high time that the plight created by the Congress party was unfolded and it needs to come out as an eye-opener to all those who are still choosing to live in illusion.
The confusing point here remains about the internal gimmicks that are being played. The question to ask is if the movie is being marketed to us with purity or are we getting influenced so heavily that we get tricked no matter what. The other question which follows is if things get settled internally in the end, then is it all a falsified act that gets built only to benefit a certain set of people.
In any case, acche din aa chuke hai …