Helmed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, The Accidental Prime Minister, revolves around the tenure of former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh in office. The film is said to show up the former prime minister and members of the Nehru-Gandhi family in a bad light.
On Friday, a screening of The Accidental Prime Minister at a multiplex in Kolkata was broken off by protesters carrying Congress flags. The protesters forced their way in, vandalised the theatre and threatened the audience to leave the theatre immediately.
In the meantime, in Ludhiana, the screening was stopped in a multiplex following protests. The agitators held a protest outside the Pavilion Mall following which the multiplex management did not start the show to prevent untoward incidents.
Anupam Kher, who plays Dr Manmohan Singh in the film, opened up about the incident. Sharing a video on his Twitter account, he wrote, “An appeal to the authorities to stop a section of people who are indulging in acts of violence & hooliganism during the screening of our film #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister. Also a call out to other section of people who believe in selective outrage towards #FreedomOfExpression.”
“My dear friends, yesterday in Kolkata and a few other theatres across the country, some special people came during the screening of our film, The Accidental Prime Minister. They tore the screen and threatened the audience seated in the auditorium, asking them to leave immediately,” he is heard saying in the clip. I am extremely disappointed by this. I request the government officials and police to stop this kind of behaviour and not allow these kind of things to happen,” he added.
An appeal to the authorities to stop a section of people who are indulging in acts of violence & hooliganism during the screening of our film #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister. Also a call out to other section of people who believe in selective outrage towards #FreedomOfExpression.🙏 pic.twitter.com/ULgSPj2H5l
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 12, 2019