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Critically-acclaimed actor Anupam Kher, who has essayed the role of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in controversial film 'The Accidental Prime Minister', has defended the movie, calling it a historic step in the Indian film industry.

The clarification came after a section of media reported that the movie, based on a book of the same name by Singh's media adviser Sanjaya Baru, was banned in the state.

Controversy over the movie erupted after BJP promoted the trailer of the movie from its official Twitter handle. The trailer shows Singh as the "victim" of inside politics of the Congress ahead of 2014 general elections, which the United Progressive Alliance lost. "The book has been out since 2014, no protests were held since then, so the film is based on that", Kher told news agency ANI. Its Maharashtra Youth Congress chief Satyajeet Tambe Patil had Thursday written to the film's producer demanding a special screening before the movie is released as well as "course correction" in case there was any distortion in the way events were depicted in the film. Presenting the trailer of our highly anticipated film #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister.

Calling The Accidental Prime Minister trailer a riveting tale, the BJP shared it and made a veiled attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The fans of the global actor are mighty impressed with his uncanny resemblance to Dr. Manmohan Singh in the trailer of The Accidental Prime Minister. Surjewala said on Twitter. Was Dr (Manmohan) Singh just a regent who was holding on to the Prime Minister's chair till the time heir (Rahul Gandhi) was ready?

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The tweet garnered a lot of attention, with many criticising government for endorsing a Bollywood movie based on the opposition and a previous government.

Actor Anupam Kher plays Manmohan Singh in the film, while German actor Suzanne Bernert will be seen as Sonia Gandhi. Where are the champions of free speech and expression?

The film is slated to release on 11th January, 2019 and will be released in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu.