‘Mere Pyare Prime Minister’ isn’t a political film: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is aware his upcoming “Mere Pyare Prime Minster” can get politicised owing to its title but the filmmaker insists that the film is a “true blue socially relevant” project with no political angle.

The film chronicles the story of a young slum kid who travels to the capital with his friends to meet the Prime Minister after his mother is raped. “It sounds like a political film because of the term ‘Prime Minister’ but it is a true blue socially relevant film. There’s no politics there whatsoever. It picks up the idea of rape and how we deal with it, the aftermath and the victim,” Mehra said.

The director, who has helmed films like “Rang De Basanti” and “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, says owing to the title the film “could get” politicised but is assured things will change once people watch it. “It’s more of a social message film than a political film. Looking at the response after the trailer, it feels the audience has evolved beyond our imagination,” he added.

The film talks about the need of public sanitation through the eyes of an 8-year-old child, who vows to make things better after a tragic incident. Mehra says the issue at hand is very sensitive and he has tried to look at it from the victim’s point of view.

“We have seen rape from various point of views. We have seen it as revenge, as there should be justice and in the form of courtroom dramas. But here I’m trying to be very close to the victim and seeing it from the point of view of an 8-year-old child. Getting justice through law and order is there but there’s psychological damage, a trauma which the victim goes through. How can you erase that and carry on with your life. The film looks at that.”

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