Anupam Kher to play ex-PM Manmohan Singh on screen

Veteran actor Anupam Kher will essay the role of former prime minister Manmohan Singh in a cinematic adaptation of Sanjoy Baru's book titled ‘The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh’.

Kher himself confirmed this and told The Economic Times, “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.”

The release of Baru’s book coincided with the 2014 Parliamentary Elections and it was critical of Manmohan Singh’s first tenure as the United Progressive Alliance PM in the 14th Lok Sabha between May 2004 –May 2009.

According to reports the first look of the movie will be out on Wednesday, June 7. The screenplay of the film has been written by National award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta, while it will be directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte. The movie is expected to hit the screens in December 2018, just ahead of the next general election in 2019.

Other than Anupam Kher, the other cast for the film is yet to be finalised. "The research on the movie is already over. Auditioning for the remaining cast is in its final lap. The movie will hit the screens next year," producer Sunil Bohra told the daily.