Divya Seth Shah will play Manmohan Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur in The Accidental Prime Minister, the makers announced on Wednesday. She will star opposite Anupam Kher, who is playing the former Indian prime minister. Kher shared an image on Twitter of him and Shah dressed as their characters.
The film, directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, is based on policy analyst Sanjaya Baru’s 2014 memoir The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh. Baru was Singh’s media advisor between May 2004 and August 2008 and the book was critical of his term as prime minister, contending he had ceded control to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
The film stars Akshaye Khanna as Baru and Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi.
Shah started her career with Doordarshan’s series Hum Log (1984). She has since appeared in several television shows including Dekh Bhai Dekh and Banegi Apni Baat. Her film credits include Jab We Met (2007) and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015).
The Accidental Prime Minister is scheduled to be released on December 21, the same day as Aanand L Rai’s Zero, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.