In a letter issued to the makers of the film, Satyajeet Tambe Patil, president of the Maharashtra State Youth Congress has threatened to stop the screening of the film across India if cuts suggested by the office bearers of the Youth Congress aren't made. He further said the film is based on the book released by former prime minister Manmohan Singh's media advisor Sanjay Baru.
As the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party traded barbs over biopic The Accidental Prime Minister, Anupam Kher - who plays the role of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - said "we can't change history", reports news agency ANI. While posting the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister, the official handle of BJP wrote, "Riveting tale of how a family held the country to ransom for 10 long years". So those who are protesting should suggest my name for the Oscars, for being so close to Dr Manmohan Singh.
The Congress was quick to react to the same, with party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala referring to the movie as "fake propaganda".
This evoked strong reactions from journalists and opposition leaders, with many asking if the BJP had financed the film to extract the electoral advantage in the election year.
The film is slated to release on 11th January, 2019 and will be released in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu.
Anupam Kher said: "The more they protest, the more publicity they will give to the film".
Veteran actor Anupam Kher is seen portraying the 86-year-old who ruled the country for a decade until the Congress was voted out of power in 2014. "It was quite challenging and one of the most hard roles I've ever played". It also features former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, present party head Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi as characters.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah also tweeted on the trailer of the movie, saying, "Can't wait for when they make The Insensitive Prime Minister. So I think he should scold these people and tell them they are doing wrong".