“The Accidental Prime Minister” movie is based on the book of the same name by Sanjay Baru who was Manmohan Singh’s media advisor when he was the Prime Minister. Actors Anupam Kher and Akshay Khanna will play a lead role in the film.
On Saturday a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Centre and the censor board to suspend the trailer of the upcoming movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, alleging that it defames the constitutional post. The petition is likely to come up for hearing on Monday and the movie is scheduled to hit cinema halls on January 11.
The petition was filed by the Delhi – based fashion designer Pooja Mahajan alleging that provisions of the Cinematograph Act are being misused and the film producer has released the trailer affecting, harming the image of the office of the prime minister and giving a bad name both in national as well as international level. The petitioner also said the trailer violated Section 416 of the Indian Penal Code as an impersonation of a living character or persons is impermissible in law.
The petition, filed through advocate A Maitri, states that due to the release of the trailer, the “post of Prime Minister is getting defamed on the day-to-day basis in public domain before the public at large”.
According to the report, the film will cast Anupam Kher as the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Akshay Khanna as Sanjaya Baru, Suzanne Bernert as Sonia Gandhi, Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi and Abdul Qadir Amin as Ajay Singh.
The plea also stated that as per the disclaimer in the movie’s trailer, it was based on a book written by Sanjaya Baru but the “real facts are totally different. In fact, the disclaimer given in the trailer is untrue, false and fake”.
The official said, “As per the provisions of Cinematograph Act, only such film can be certified if it is not against the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the state, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality or involves defamations or contempt of court or likely to incite the commission of an offence.”