The Accidental Prime Minister, which presents Manmohan Singh’s tenure in office, collected Rs 4.5 crore in India, where protests were staged by Congress activists in some parts. “The first day collection of The Accidental Prime Minister is Rs 4.5 crore. Eastern sector had disturbances with the release,” a statement from the film’s presenter, Pen Studios, said. Actor Anupam Kher, who plays Manmohan Singh in the film, tweeted on Saturday: “An appeal to the authorities to stop a section of people who are indulging in acts of violence and hooliganism during the screening of our film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’. Also a call out to other sections of people who believe in selective outrage towards Freedom Of Expression.” The film released on Friday amid tight security as Congress activists protested at some places.
The Delhi Youth Wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday wrote to cinema halls urging them not to show The Accidental Prime Minister as the film defames both Manmohan Singh and the country across the globe. The film is based on a similarly titled book written by Sanjaya Baru, the former Prime Minister Singh’s media advisor. Baru’s book was published in April 2014. (IANS)