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  • The Accidental Prime Minister has all of that in measured tones. It leaves you more entertained than informed, and we don’t think it’s by accident.

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  • ...isn't that cinema that thrives to dig in, instigate, initiate, it’s just a heartfelt account between a PM and his media adviser, still it’s based on certain facts...

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  • As political biopics go, this one straddles somewhere between deliberate hagiography and pointed propaganda.

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  • If you're into current affairs this one will pique your interest. Be warned: this is not 'entertaining' by any stretch of the imagination.

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  • The narrative structure of the film is flawed and there is constant dumbing down and spoon-feeding involved, as if the film was aimed at preschoolers. The ending is rather awkward and abrupt.

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  • ...never evolves into anything more than a broadside against the Gandhi clan.

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  • The film is shabbily made even though they get lots of cast to look like people in real life, and skims the events in Dr, Singh's work life. Is this a propaganda film?

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  • The fumbles in The Accidental Prime Minister lie in the screenplay (by Gutte, Mayank Tiwari, Aditya Sinha and Karl Dunne) and the tonally confused direction.

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  • While it may not be an out-and-out hit job on the Gandhi family, the movie is all about one aspect of Baru's book: How Dr Singh struggled with the family and the party all through his prime ministership.

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  • ...rests on a great premise but the faulty and flawed screenplay and direction ruin the show.

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  • ...the film, coming as it does in election year, has an agenda — it’s politically motivated. And the motive of this tacky, third-rate propaganda piece is all too apparent in the story it wants us to go home with, and the characters it wants us to hate and love.

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  • ...carries an upfront disclaimer that asserts that it is intended only for entertainment and admits that creative liberties have been taken in the interest of dramatisation. The film, however, is neither hugely entertaining nor engagingly dramatic.

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  • The film is a hatchet job that looks like a hatchet job. It’s all so incompetently staged there were times I felt I was watching an MTV spoof.

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  • ...strategically, a smart move. But here’s what I don’t get – why create such a shoddy product? The Accidental Prime Minister is narratively incoherent, technically sloppy and flat-out tedious.

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  • The one-sided intent of The Accidental Prime Minister may have appeared more insidious had it felt like an actual motion picture.

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  • ...is so unsubtle in its disdain for the Nehru-Gandhi family and the Congress, that it could almost pass off as a creation of the social media cell of the ruling party.

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  • It is almost like you are paying to watch an advertisement about someone you are not interested in. No, it’s not about Dr. Singh, that would actually be very interesting. This one is an “I, me, myself” on and almost completely by Sanjaya Baru.

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  • Films like The Accidental Prime Minister make a strong case against the politicisation of Indian cinema. They embarrass both sides with their shoddiness, and expose strange limitations of the medium...

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  • If at all the idea was to shame and embarrass the Congress party, the writing here lacks the desired punch. The onus of shaping the material lies in the hands of the director, and Vijay Gutte is visibly inept.

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  • What comes as a surprise is just how shockingly bad and shoddy the film is. There is a complete absence of any art or craft in its making.

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