Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on Friday stated that he too was an “Accidental Prime Minister” amid a political row over the movie with the same title.
The film is based on Manmohan Singh’s duration as India’s prime minister from 2004 to 2014 with the Congress alleging it was the BJP’s propaganda against their party.
The movie is rooted in the book of the same name by Sanjaya Baru, who served as Mr. Singh’s media adviser from 2004 to 2008.
The film’s trailer was published in Mumbai on Thursday.
Reacting to remarks over the controversy, the 85-year-old JDS supremo said, “Actually I don’t know, why that was permitted…I think it commenced three or four months ago. I don’t know who has allowed, why? honestly, I have not gone through this so-called Accidental Prime Minister. I’m also (an) Accidental Prime Minister,” Mr. Gowda stated in a lighter vein.
In the 1996 general elections, no party won related seats to form a government. The United Front, a conglomeration of non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties, decided to make the government at the Centre with the support of the Congress and chose Gowda to head the government.
He serviced as prime minister from June 1, 1996, to April 21, 1997, with the help of regional parties and Congress. Later when Congress withdrew help, Mr. Gowda had to step down.
Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the film stars Anupam Kher as Manmohan Singh and Akshaye Khanna as Sanjaya Baru. It is slated for release on January 11.