Bollywood actress Aahana Kumra, who would soon be gracing the silver screen with the much-anticipated film, The Accidental Prime Minister, believes that people are not giving the film a chance.
The Lipstick Under My Burkha fame actress is essaying the role of Priyanka Gandhi on the film based on the book of the same name authored by Sanjay Baru.
The Accidental Prime Minister traces the journey of Dr Manmohan Singh, who served the nation as Prime Minister from 2004 to 2014. The project courted controversies immediately after the release of its trailer.
Speaking about the controversies surrounding the biopic to The Statesman.com the actress said, “They are just drawing conclusions even without watching what the film is all about. How can you not watch a film and have an opinion about it?”
“In a country which is democratic where you have the option to not watch the film by not going to the theatre. Watch the film and then have an opinion, nobody is stopping you,” she added.
Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi has been praised for her close resemblance to the politician. Although the actress hasn’t had an encounter with Priyanka, she definitely wishes to meet her.
“She (Priyanka Gandhi) is a really fascinating person. She is somebody I think the whole country likes. I have seen her interviews and she is such a mesmerizing person, she is so enchanting to look at. She is somebody who really knows what she is talking and very well aware and well read. These are not women you meet on a day to day basis,” the actress said.
The 33-year-old actress, who has worked in numerous web series besides Hindi films, was discovered by filmmaker Hansal Mehta following her performance in Inside Edge.
“I have done a show called Inside Edge for Amazon prime and I was playing a very small part, it was literally like five scenes. I didn’t think anybody would take notice of the part. Hansal (Mehta) sir saw the show and tweeted about my part,” Kumra revealed.
“The next thing I know was, I got a call from the casting team of The Accidental Prime Minister and they said ‘why don’t you come in for a test for the part of Priyanka Gandhi?’. I basically just saw a couple of interviews of her and one particular interview that the saw was the one they did in the audition. When I saw myself in the get up I was very convinced that I would be able to play the part,” she continued.
Anupam Kher who is playing the lead in the film has already impressed the audience with a few glimpses that they caught of the actor as Dr Manmohan Singh. Talking about her co-actor with Aahana says, “This is my second film with Me Kher (Anupam Kher). He is somebody who likes to work with young talent and that’s very fascinating to see. He is not somebody who doesn’t give others a chance. He is very giving as an actor and I truly enjoyed working with him. I feel and privileged to have worked with him.”
The Accidental Prime Minister also stars Akshaye Khanna, who plays the role of Sanjaya Baru. Divya Seth plays Gursharan Kaur and Suzanne Bernert plays Sonia Gandhi, while Arjun Mathur will be seen as Rahul Gandhi.
Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the film is slated to release on 11 January 2019.