Anupam Kher to play Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime

A film on former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in the works, and word has it that Anupam Kher will play Singh's character.

Briefing the media later, Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad pointed out that Singh had accurately predicted in November a year ago the fallout from demonetisation, as is evident from the latest figures released by the Central Statistical Organisation.

National-award winning director Hansal Mehta has composed the screenplay of the movie which will also mark the directorial debut of Vijay Ratnakar Gutte.

Sunil Bohra, who has produced films such as Shahid, Gangs of Wasseypur, and Tanu Weds Manu, was quoted by the Economic Times as saying that the film will be a political drama "grander" than Richard Attenborough's Academy award winning Gandhi.

"The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh" was a book written by former PM's media adviser Sanjay Baru. Auditioning (for the remaining cast) is in its final lap.

Anupam Kher's casting is significant in more ways than one: the acclaimed actor has emerged as a strong pro-Bharatiya Janata Party voice and highly vocal baiter of liberal supporters.

The meeting, which was attended by party vice president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, discussed the current political situation and the upcoming presidential election.

Producer Sunil Bohra has stated that this movie is planning to get released in 12 national and worldwide languages.

The crisis in Jammu and Kashmir has come to represent the colossal failure of NDA government, said Sonia Gandhi.

Talking about the film in an interview with ET, Anupam Kher said, "Acting the role of anyone in contemporary history is extremely challenging, as comparisons are bound to be instant and inevitable". But as I have always reveled in challenges, right from my first film, Saaransh.

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