Aditya Dhar’s Uri: The Surgical Strike, featuring Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam, continues to dominate the box office even as it enters its fifth week. The war drama crossed the Rs 200-crore milestone on Thursday.
Vijay Ratnakar Gutte’s The Accidental Prime Minister, which released the same week, was beaten hollow at the ticket windows. The film, which was based on Sanjaya Baru’s book of the same name, claimed that then-Congress president Sonia Gandhi controlled the workings of the PMO with an iron fist during Dr Manmohan Singh’s two-term tenure as prime minister.
Anupam Kher, who played former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister, revealed during an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Twitter that he was “happy” that Uri: The Surgical Strike overshadowed his film at the box office.
“So what? I am so happy about it. Josh over behosh,” the veteran actor wrote, in response to a query from a fan.
So what? I am so happy about it. Josh over behosh.:) https://t.co/PLvcsqbSqa
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) February 9, 2019
The Accidental Prime Minister was unanimously panned by critics for its performances and weak storytelling. In an interview Anupam had lashed out at critics who wrote unfavourably about his performance.
“No matter what you do, there will be people trying to pull you down. Criticism was always a favourite national pastime. Now film criticism has also become a big source of self-entertainment for Indians,” he had said.
Anupam had also dismissed the criticism of his performance as “political agenda”. “It seems some critics have a much larger political agenda than what I am supposed to have. The comments are uncalled for and irrelevant,” he had said.