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The Accidental Prime Minister reviews


Here's what critics are saying about The Accidental Prime Minister, featuring Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert, Arjun Mathur, Ahana Kumra and others:

India Today

It is quite fun to see so many onscreen avatars of real politicians. Some are quite a hit like former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and former President APJ Abdul Kalam, while some are big misses like Hansal Mehta's Navin Patnaik. However, Sonia Gandhi is played by Suzanne Bernert like an emotionless, reactionless individual, while Arjun Mathur's Rahul Gandhi is entitled and clueless. Read the full review here.


The timing of The Accidental Prime Minister is no accident. But everything else about the film is. It seeks to capture an important juncture of Indian political history. But devoid of cinematic finesse and totally clueless about how to go about the onerous job, it hits the skids at the very outset and never recovers. Read complete review here

Hindustan Times

Kher’s version of Singh speaks like a freshly bitten squeaky-toy, slides inconsistently in and out of a Punjabi accent, and, every now and then, remembers to move his hands jerkily, as if urgently (yet discreetly) trying to dry nail-paint. It is a profoundly, disappointingly silly caricature from a veteran surely capable of better. Read complete review here

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The Indian Express

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 (the word is blipped out, but there is no hiding the movement of the lips). Sonia Gandhi, Rahul, Priyanka and the power-hungry caucus around them are shown as the real power behind the throne. Read complete review here.

Live Mint

The Accidental Prime Minister was always going to be a hit job on the Gandhis first and a film second. Suzanne Bernert looks startlingly like Sonia, but doesn’t make any attempt to humanise her, turning her into an expressionless villain. A vampiric-looking Indira, her hand in a strange hook shape, glares down from a portrait. Arjun Mathur’s Rahul is feeble and confused – damaging enough considering he’s in the running for prime minister. Read complete review here.

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