Veteran actor Anupam Kher has asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to urge his party workers to respect freedom of speech and expression, amid controversy over his upcoming film The Accidental Prime Minister.
While the film's messaging may well have overt political overtones - perhaps that is the reason the BJP's official handle tweeted the trailer - the Youth Congress's stand flies in the face of attempts by Congress leaders nationally to target the saffron party and parivar for its intolerance towards different points of view.
The makers of "The Accidental Prime Minister" have unveiled the trailer of the film which stars Anupam Kher essaying the role of ex Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh while Akshaye Khanna essays the role of Sanjaya Baru who was Singh's media advisor and chief spokesperson between May 2004 and August 2008. On the ongoing outrages reel life Manmohan Singh, Anupam Kher reacted to the protest by the main Opposition. Directed by debutant filmmaker, Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the trailer of the film dropped in on Thursday.
Resistance by the Congress to the film's release followed the launch of its trailer on Thrusday.
Warning of "other options to stop the screening across India" the statement further said that "if the said movie is released without prior screening for our office bearers and without making necessary changes recommended by us, it will be understood that you are doing this deliberately". "So much worse than being the accidental one", his dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi barely hidden.
Calling it a propaganda film, the Congress accused the BJP of trying to capitalise on it at a time the country is preparing for the national election next year. So those who are protesting should suggest my name for the Oscars, for being so close to Dr Manmohan Singh. "Congress has been all for freedom, why is it questioning that freedom now?" In its official Twitter account, the BJP also posted review of the trailer where it said, "Riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years. But I am an actor, they will decide".