As the controversial film, The Accidental Prime Minister gears up for its release, its makers are continuing with its promotions online. They have now launched a song titled Om Shabd via YouTube, which has been accompanied by a behind the scenes video, showing how the movie was shot. The song has been derived from a poem written by late poet Nagarjun.
The song stays true to the original poem, but it does add a stanza of its own to the mix, which might turn out to be controversial. One of the lines in the stanza goes, “Om sher ke daant, bhaaloo ke naakhoon, markat ka phota. Hamesha hamesha karega raaj mera pota.” Seeing the landscape of the film, it’s easy to decipher who the lines here are referring to.
The rest of the song stays true to the original poem. It has been composed by Sadhu Tiwari, who had sung a song in the 2014 crime drama, Gulaab Gang. Om Shabd is his first major composition. It’s not extraordinary, but it’s not that bad either. Sadhu himself has sung the song, and has given a good vocal performance. And since the film is supposed to be a song-less affair, this seems to be the only track composed for its promotions.
The Accidental Prime Minister is based on the eponymous book, written by Sanjaya Baru, who was Dr. Manmohan Singh’s media advisor and chief spokesperson for four years. The story is about his observations about how the country was being run during this period. The role of Dr. Manmohan Singh is being played by Anupam Kher, while that of Baru is being played by Akshaye Khanna. Suzanne Bernert will be donning the role of Sonia Gandhi, while Arjun Mathur will be seen playing Rahul Gandhi.
The Accidental Prime Minister has been directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, while its writing team includes Mayank Tewari, Karl Dunne, Aditya Sinha, apart from Gutte himself. The film is slated to release in theatres across India on January 11.