‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ screened after CM’s intervention

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2019 11:58:05


Staff Reporter,


Eminent actor Anupam Kher starrer Hindi movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ was screened peacefully in the multiplexes of the state on Friday after Chief Minister and Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) President Bhupesh Baghel directed the members of National Students Union of India (NSUI) not to oppose the screening of the movie. The movie is being screened in the multiplexes of Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg and other districts. 

Some members from National Students Union of India (NSUI) reached City Centre Pandri, Magneto Mall and INOX 36 Mall and requested the mangers of the multiplexes not to screen the movie in Raipur city.

After that, all the shows were cancelled as preventive measures at Cinemax - City Centre Mall, PVR Magneto Mall and INOX 36 Mall. After news of cancellation of screening of the movie, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel took the cognizance and requested the NSUI leaders not to oppose the screening of the movie in state. The movie got good response in State on the first day of the screening. The tickets were sold out to a full house in the multiplexes.

Talking to mediapersons at Rajiv Bhawan here, Bhupesh Baghel said, “Everyone has right to express one’s views under freedom of speech and expression. So the screening of the movie is not being opposed in the state. The members of the NSUI have been directed not to oppose the screening of the movie.”

NSUI State President Akash Sharma and General Secretary Bhavesh Shukla said that the NUSI members reached the City Centre Pandri, Magneto Mall and INOX 36 Mall in the morning. But when the Congress President Bhupesh Baghel directed the members not to oppose the movie, they withdrew it and intimated all the multiplexes to continue with the screening of the movie in the state capital.

Movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is based on the book of the same name by Sanjaya Baru. The film chronicles the time when Manmohan Singh served as the Prime Minister. The film saw some controversy as few opposition party members saw it as a misinterpretation of the truth. Few have also called this a propaganda film because of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the film also stars Akshay Khanna in a pivotal role.

BJP reacts sharply


Bharatiya Janata Party has termed the unheralded ban on the screening of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ - a biographical film, based on the memoir on former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and written by Sanjaya Baru, who was the former Prime Minister’s media advisor and chief spokesperson, as highly unfortunate.

Terming the decision as height of intolerance and attack on freedom of expression, BJP State Spokesperson Sanjay Srivastava, stated that by not allowing the cinema halls to screen the film, shows the double standards of Congress and its political duplicity. While Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has stated that the screening of film in Chhattisgarh will be allowed but on the ground Congress workers are not allowing the cinema halls to screen. Srivastava added that when Sanjaya Baru had released his book in 2014, these Congress leaders were tight-lipped. Why didn’t they protest then, he asked. Now when a film has been made based on this book, the same Congress leaders are creating hue and cry.

Srivastava said that it is the bitter truth of the 10 years’ tenure of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, when one family had remote controlled the whole country and now the Congress leaders are fearing to face the truth as Lok Sabha elections are drawing nearer. It is ironical that the Congress, which has been torch-bearer of ‘Freedom of Expression’ and had been much vocal in the issues of JNU, urban Maoist, terrorists, etc., is now unable to understand the meaning of freedom of expression, said Srivastava.

Also, the ‘Award Returning Gangs’ and some so-called film actors, are not seeing any intolerance in such acts, nor are getting annoyed or are becoming terrorised by it. Srivastava further added that freedom of speech holds no significance for Congress as it had also banned films like ‘Aandhi’ and ‘Kissa Kursi Ka’.