The global actor, who has played memorable roles in his prolific film career, is quite upbeat about the one he plays in The Accidental Prime Minister as he has devoted two months extensively working on his voice modulation so that his character would sound like the former PM of India.
The war of words has been making a row over the film as Congress claims the film is BJP's latest propaganda to win 2019 polls by portraying Gandhis especially Sonia Gandhi as a villain. The veteran actor said the protests by Congress workers will only give more publicity to the film.
This evoked strong reactions from journalists and opposition leaders, with many asking if the BJP had financed the film to extract the electoral advantage in the election year.
The film, which is set to hit the screens on January 11, certainly looks promising. But for the BJP, it's a "riveting tale".
The Accidental Prime Minister's Madhya Pradesh ban seems to follow a trend of political agendas maneuvering ban on films in certain states. "The book has been out since 2014, no protests were held since then, so the film is based on that". The book has been in the public domain for four years and nobody has objected to it. "The film has also got the censor board stamp", Mr Kher said.
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The trailer also shows glimpses of hard episodes in Manmohan Singh's tenure, mostly internal churnings in the Congress.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and politician Omar Abdullah took a dig at the recently-released trailer of the film this morning.
This film, according to me, should be India's entry to the Oscars and I should be nominated for my performance, Anupam Kher added. Such portrayals are awarded the world over.
Former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi cut a cake on Congress Foundation Day in New Delhi on Friday.
"I had read Rahul Gandhi ji's tweet where he spoke about freedom of expression. So I think he should scold these people and tell them they are doing wrong".