2 single screens, one multiplex stop screening 'The Accidental Prime Minister'

Brenda Watkins
January 13, 2019

A spokesperson of Ashoka Cinema, the other single screen where the film was stopped, said, "We have chose to suspend the matinee show of "The Accidental Prime Minister" from today in view of the agitations by some group".

They stormed into Inox multiplex located in Quest Mall, south Kolkata on Friday evening during the screening of the movie "The Accidental Prime Minister" and vandalised the cinema hall. The protest started while the film was being screened at the theatre.

A screening in central Kolkata's Hind Cinema Hall was also cancelled earlier on Friday due to "security reasons" after Youth Congress activists demonstrated outside.

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The much-debated movie of 2019, The Accidental Prime Minister starring Anupam Kher as the former PM, Dr Manmohan Singh hit theatres on January 12. "We have stopped the screening here".

He also wrote that he is with the team in spirits and asked them to aggressively promote the project. Reportedly, it was "incorrect representations" of facts that led them to protest. "We have made this film with a lot of sincerity and we don't have any political agenda behind the release of the film", he told IANS. We reached out to him but received no response.

The Accidental Prime Minister film is based on the 2014 memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru. It showcases Singh as a regent while the true recipient of power is being groomed in secrecy. "Depending upon good work of mouth and obviously, Anupam Kher is a powerhouse and Akshay Khanna is a powerhouse of talent, I feel that the film should open between 3-4 crores".

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