'The Accidental Prime Minister' Review: 'House Of Cards' (Awfully) Made In India

Ankur Pathak

Right from the opening scene of The Accidental Prime Minister, something feels off.

And then one realises that this film, directed by one Vijay Ratnakar Gutte (who, in August 2018, was held for GST fraud), doesn’t feel like a movie but a hurriedly and unskilfully put together low-budget stage production with actors who wear cakey make-up and look like extras from a film set.

Adapted from Sanjaya Baru’s book by the same name, the film is essentially about former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s repeated clashes with then Congress President Sonia Gandhi and how her constant interference created a hindrance for Singh in running the government. 

That the film, which paints the Congress leadership as one corrupted by dynastic politics, is releasing months before the Lok Sabha elections is, well, just a massive coincidence

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As a viewer, one gets the sense that here was a real opportunity to delve deeply and comprehensively into the power corridors of Delhi’s political circuit, and actually provide some compelling insights into a complex internal conflict—between a prime minister and his own party—but the film is too incompetently made to create that immersive experience.

Whether it’s the music video-like camerawork (Sachin Krishn) or the blaring background score that blasts with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, the film relies on...

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