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The Accidental Prime Minister
The poster features Akshay Khanna as Sanjay Baru and Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh and the title appears at bottom.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVijay Ratnakar Gutte
Produced by
Written by
  • Vijay Ratnkar Gutte
  • Mayank Tewari
  • Karl Dunne
  • Aditya Sinha
Based onThe Accidental Prime Minister
by Sanjaya Baru
Music bySumit Sethi[1]
Sudip Roy
Sadhu Tiwari
CinematographySachin Krishn
Edited byPraveen K. L.
Release date
Box officeest. 28.54 crore[4]

The Accidental Prime Minister is a 2019 Indian biographical film directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte and written by Mayank Tewari, based on the 2014 memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru.[5] It was produced by the Bohra Bros under Rudra Production (UK), in association with Jayantilal Gada under the banner of Pen India Limited. It stars Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh, the economist and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014 under the United Progressive Alliance.

The film was released on 11 January 2019, and received mixed reviews from critics[6][7][8][9] It earned a moderate opening of ₹4.50 crore[10] at the box office on its first day[7] and ₹28.04 crore as of January 20.[11][4][12]


Based on the memoir by Indian policy analyst Sanjaya Baru, The Accidental Prime Minister explores Manmohan Singh's tenure as the Prime Minister of India, and the kind of control he had over his cabinet and the country.



Principal photography begun on 31 March 2018 in London.[13] The London-based shooting schedule concluded on 21 April 2018.[19][20] In India, most of the shoot occurred in New Delhi which later wrapped up on 4 July 2018.[21]

Marketing and release

The first look of the film was released on 6 June 2017 through Anupam Kher's official Twitter handle.[22][23] New poster of the film giving date of release of the film and trailer presented on 27 December 2018.[2][24] With launch of new poster the release date has been advanced to 11 January 2019.[25][2]

A new look poster of the film has been released by TAP official on 3 January 2019.[26]

The Hindi version film was released on 11 January 2019 on 1300 screens in India and 140 in overseas. The Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions will be released on 18 January 2019.[3]


Critical response

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film 1.5 stars out of 5, noting that “The Accidental Prime Minister is neither hugely entertaining nor engagingly dramatic.”[7] Shubra Gupta of The Indian Express sums up the retort: "The Accidental Prime Minister is an out-an-out propaganda film, created for the specific purpose of making the former prime minister look like a weak, spineless man, a puppet whose strings were controlled by The Family".[27]

The Times of India's Ronak Kotecha gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5[6] stating "Bollywood has produced several political dramas that are intense, complex and dark, The Accidental Prime Minister has all of that in measured tones." reviewed the Telugu dubbed version of the film and rated it 2.5 out of 5. Giving its verdict the reviewer says: "On the whole, The Accidental Prime Minister is a daring attempt at showcasing what went through India’s most famous and controversial Prime Minister during his term as the head of the country. The performances from Anupam Kher and Akshay Khanna are top notch but the necessary drama and facts showcased are not that gripping. All those who want to know what Manmohan Singh went through on a personal basis as a Prime Minister can give this film a shot but there is nothing authentic or gripping regarding the Congress government which has been taken a few digs at in this movie."[28]

Box office

In opening weekend the film collected 11.90 crore from India.[29] It grossed 25.71 crore from domestic circuit and 2.33 crore (US$320,000) from overseas making it 28.04 crore worldwide.[4]

Historical accuracy

Ajaz Ashraf writing for the Firstpost felt that the trailer of the film seemed to suggest that Sanjaya Baru was the media adviser and chief spokesperson of Manmohan Singh during 2011 period of scams. However, Baru was only in this position during May 2004 to August 2008. The book ends in May 2009 when UPA returned to power following 2009 Indian general election. Baru had written 14-page epilogue with speculations and questions which is used as a pivotal subject in the film.[30]


The Accidental Prime Minister
Soundtrack album by
Sudip Roy and Sadhu Tiwari
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
LabelPen India Limited

Music is composed by Sumit Sethi, Sudip Roy and Sandhu Tiwari while lyrics are written by Baba Ngarjun.

Track listing
1."Om Shabd"Baba NgarjunSandhu TiwariSandhu Tiwari3:37


In 2017, former Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani had said that the filmmakers will need to obtain a No-objection certificates from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi for the film.[31]

Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party promoted the trailer through their official Twitter account.[32] Reacting to this, a Congress spokesperson alleged that the film was "political propaganda".[33] Upon the release of the trailer, the Congress party's Maharashtra youth wing in a letter to the producers of the films raised objections to the “incorrect presentation of the facts” and demanded a special screening of the film.[34] They later withdrew the order, intending to not publicize the film.[35][36][37]

On 2 January 2019, lead actor Anupam Kher tweeted that people were reporting that the film's trailer was unseen as a top search result while being directly searched for on Youtube.[38] The newspaper India Today conducted their own search, and confirmed Kher's allegations, noting that only after the following day was the trailer returned to its position as a top search result. This led to speculation that the trailer had initially been removed intentionally as part of an anti-propaganda campaign.[38] On 8 January 2019, a local court in Bihar ordered FIR against Anupam Kher and thirteen other associated with the film for defaming political leaders.[39]


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  3. ^ a b Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (10 January 2019). "#TheAccidentalPrimeMinister screen count... India: 1300 Overseas: 140 Worldwide total: 1440 screens. #Hindi version. #Tamil and #Telugu versions will release on 18 Jan 2019... Release date of #English version will be decided shortly... #TAPM" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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