Mere Pyare Prime Minister

Mere Pyare Prime Minister (transl. My Dear Prime Minister...) is an 2018[2] Indian Hindi-language social-drama film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.[3] It stars Anjali Patil, Om Kanojiya, Atul Kulkarni, Makrand Deshpande, Niteesh Wadhwa and Rasika Agashe.[4][5][6] The film follows an 8-year old boy who decides to write a letter to the Prime Minister of India after his mother is raped.[7] The film brings into focus the issues of defecation in open and sanitation problems faced in slums.[8] It was the only Asian film which was screened at the Rome Film Festival.[9][10][11][12][13] The film was released on 15 March 2019 in theatres.[14]

Mere Pyare Prime Minister
Mere Pyare Prime Minister poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Produced byRakeysh Omprakash Mehra
P.S. Bharathi
Navmeet Singh
Rajiv Tandon
Arpit Vyas
Written byManoj Mairta
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Hussain Dalal
StarringAnjali Patil
Om Kanojiya
Atul Kulkarni
Makrand Deshpande
Music byShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
CinematographyPawel Dyllus
Edited byMeghna Manchanda Sen
Production
company
ROMP Pictures
Aham Brahmasmi Entertainment
PVR Cinemas
Distributed byPen India Limited
Release date
  • 23 October 2018 (2018-10-23) (Rome Film Festival)
  • 15 March 2019 (2019-03-15)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box officeest. 0 crore[1]

PlotEdit

The story revolves around the film’s eight-year-old protagonist, Kannu (Kanojia), who lives in a slum and dreams of building a toilet for his mother. After his mother Sargam (Patil) gets raped when she goes out in the night to defecate in the open, Kannu takes charge of improving the conditions in the slum.

In his quest to build a toilet, Kannu writes a letter to the prime minister and travels to Delhi from Mumbai with his fellow comrades Ringtone (Bharti) and Nirala (Prasad). The fourth member of their gang Mangla(Syna Anand) is providing support to the family back in Mumbai.

CastEdit

  • Om Kanojiya as Kanhu
  • Anjali Patil as Sargam
  • Atul Kulkarni as Prime minister's official
  • Makarand Deshpande as Sainath
  • Rasika Agashe as Rabiya
  • Sonia Albizuri as Eva Patten
  • Syna Anand as Mangla
  • Adarsh Bharti as Ringtone
  • Prasad as Nirala
  • Nachiket Purnapatre as Sajju
  • Niteesh Wadhwa as Pappu
  • Jigyasa Yaduwanshi as Lady Cop

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The director of the film, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has made films on stories based on Delhi. This time he based the story of his film, Mere Pyare Prime Minister, on the life of people in slums of Mumbai. Mehra said, "The subject has been simmering on a slow fire for three years. I'm a Delhi boy and all my films - Rang De Basanti, Delhi 6, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mirzya — were all set in the North. But I've been living in Mumbai since 1988 and seen it transform into a world city. The buildings are taller now but there are still slums around them that have always intrigued me and made me follow the path of Salaam Bombay, Slumdog Millionaire and other stories which have grown out of them." He noted the film was not so much about comparisons as a story of people and relationships.[15][7]

CastingEdit

National award-winning actress Anjali Patil was selected to play mother of the child protagonist around whom the film revolves. Three kids living in the slums were selected to play role of his friends.[15][5][16]

FilmingEdit

The principal photography began in May 2017.[15]

SoundtrackEdit

Mere Pyare Prime Minister
Soundtrack album by
Released14 March 2019
Recorded2017-18
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
Length18:18
LanguageHindi
LabelSony Music India
Saregama Music
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
(2019)
Mere Pyare Prime Minister
(2019)
Saaho
(2019)

The film's music is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics written by Gulzar.

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Mere Pyare Prime Minister - Title Track"Arijit Singh3:42
2."Rezgaariyaan"Shivam Mahadevan, Shankar Mahadevan4:11
3."Kanha Re"Rekha Bhardwaj5:00
4."Bajaa Bajaa Dhol Bajaa"Shankar Mahadevan, Divya Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Rekha Bhardwaj, Shrinidhi Ghatate, Neela Mulhekar5:25
Total length:18:18

ReleaseEdit

The official film trailer was released on 10 February 2019.[17][18] The film was released in India on 15 March 2019.[2]

Home mediaEdit

The film became available as VOD on Netflix on 30 May 2019.[19]

ReceptionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Merey Pyarey Prime Minister box office collection till now". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 'Mere Pyare Prime Minister' to release on 15th March 2019". The Times of India. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 'Mere Pyare Prime Minister' first poster released". Business Standard. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Mere Pyare Prime Minister trailer: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film looks promising". The Indian Express. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Mere Pyare Prime Minister's poster highlights eight-year-old Kanhu's dream for his mother". Mid Day. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  6. ^ "A closer look at 'The Rebels of Sonchiriya'; Mere Pyare Prime Minister". The First Post. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Mere Pyare Prime Minister - A boy travels from a Mumbai slum to Delhi to right a wrong". Scroll.in. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Rakeysh Mehra's film tells a big message through a little boy". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Mere Pyare Prime Minister only Asian film to be screened at Rome Film Festival". The First Post. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Mere Pyare Prime Minister' screened at Rome Film Festival". Business Standard. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Mere Pyaare Prime Minister screened at Rome Film Festival". cinemaexpress.com. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  12. ^ "'Mere Pyare Prime Minister' only Asian film screened at Rome Film Festival". Dailyhunt. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  13. ^ "'Mere Pyare Prime Minister' screened at Rome Film Festival". freepressjournal.in. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Mere Pyare Prime Minister': Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra reveals the release date of his film". The Times of India. 12 February 2019.
  15. ^ a b c "Mehra's next film is 'Mere Pyare Prime Minister'". 19 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Exclusive Interview: आंखें खोल देगी 'मेरे प्यारे प्राइम मिनिस्टर'" (in Hindi). Punjab Kesari. 13 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Trailer launch of 'Mere Pyare Prime Minister' | Hindi Movie News - Bollywood - Times of India". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Mere Pyare Prime Minister - Official Trailer - Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra". YouTube.
  19. ^ "Mere Pyare Prime Minister". Netflix. May 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.

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