According to reports, a movie is going to make on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The film is based on Sanjaya Baru’s book, The Accidental Prime Minister. Sanjay Baru is the former prime minister’s media adviser. He served as Manmohan Singh's advisor from May 2004 to August 2008.
The first look of the movie will be unveiled on Wednesday 7th June 2017 and is set to hit the screens in December 2018, just ahead of the next general election in 2019. Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher will be casted to play the former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
National award-winning director Hansal Mehta has written the screenplay which will be directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, marking his Bollywood debut. Sunil Bohra, the producer of this film, has said that the film's scale as a political drama will be grander than that of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi, which starred Ben Kingsley. The film will focus on the inside workings of Manmohan Singh's administration. The rest of the cast is yet to be finalised.
Speaking about the role, 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 revelled in challenges, right from my first film Saaransh, I look forward to the experience of portraying PM Manmohan Singh."
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) June 7, 2017
The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, was critical of Singh’s first term as PM and had coincided with the 2014 parliamentary polls. The book had also created controversy for highlighting Manmohan Singh's handling of corruption under his government. "Dr Singh's general attitude towards corruption in public life, which adopted through his career in government, seemed to me to be that he would himself maintain the highest standards of probity in public life, but would not impose this on others," Baru wrote in his book.