As Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mere Pyaare Prime Minister gears for its release on 15 March, early reviews have started kicking in which have unanimously lauded the slice-of-life drama. Some netizens have also opined that the film bore the potential to go for the Oscars, but was not selected.
Following the 91st Academy Awards, which aired on 25 February, the hashtag #AFilmThatDidntGoToOscars started trending on Twitter, with Twitterati wondering how the social drama was overlooked for the Oscars.
Mere Pyaare Prime Minister narrates the story of an eight-year-old Mumbai slum dweller who wants to build a toilet for his single mother and makes an appeal to the prime minister. It is the only Asian film which was screened at the Rome Film Festival 2019.
Mere Pyaare Prime Minister was earlier slated to be released on Gandhi Jayanti since the film, the filmmaker had said, was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. “Gandhi is a recurring motif in the film… It comes many times….four times in the film,” Mehra had said to DNA.
As reported earlier, The film has been shot in real locations which were finalised after the recce of one month in Mumbai. Three years ago, Mehra had visited the Gandhi Ashram in Gandhinagar with an NGO which had decided to bring about change in the country after the release of Rang De Basanti. After seeing Mahatma’s model toilets, the filmmaker started an initiative to build washrooms in municipal schools.
The trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister that chronicles former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s tenure in office was released on 27 December.
This film is based on the book The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh by Sanjay Baru, who was the former Prime Minister’s media advisor.
The trailer opens with Singh, played by Anupam Kher, being compared to Bhishma from Mahabharata. Baru, portrayed by Akshaye Khanna, observes that unlike the mythological figure, who had to deal with two warring families, the Pandavas and Kauravas, Singh only has to face one. The Accidental Prime Minister’s trailer gives a brief glimpse into the internal politics of the Congress party like the tense dynamic between Singh and former party president Sonia Gandhi (Suzanne Bernert), on issues of national importance. Her keenness to have son Rahul (Arjun Mathur) rise to the position of power is also an aspect shown in the trailer..
Kher, who revealed at the trailer launch how he had prepared for the role, has almost accurately recreated Singh’s mannerisms and body language for the film. “The biggest challenge for me was the voice. It is the most difficult role I have ever done because everyone knows Manmohan Singh very well,” the actor said at the trailer launch event, reports The Quint.
The film also stars Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi, Divya Seth Shah as Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur and Ram Avatar Bhardawaj as the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Directed by debutante Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the film’s screenplay has been written by Mayank Tewari, Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, Karl Dunne and Aditya Sinha. The music of the film will be composed by Sudip Roy and Sadhu S Tiwari.
The film will release in cinemas on 11 January. Vicky Kaushal’s patriotic drama Uri: The Surgical Attack will also hit theatres on the same day.