Mere Pyare Prime Minister (2018)

Movie


Mere Pyare Prime Minister (2018)

A story about four children living in a Mumbai slum in India. An eight-year old Kanhu writes a letter to the Prime Minister after a dramatic incident with his mother. A small boy has to achieve the impossible.
India
IMDb  6.8 /10
Creators
Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Writer Hussain Dalal
Writer Manoj Mairta
Writer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Information
Release Date2019-03-14
Runtime1h 44mins
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyAham Brahmasmi Entertaiment, PVR Cinema, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures
CountryIndia
LanguageEnglish
Om Kanojiya
Om Kanojiya
Kahnu
Varun Kulkarni
Varun Kulkarni
Bilal
Prasad
Prasad
Nirala
Nachiket Purnapatre
Nachiket Purnapatre
Sajju
Niteesh Wadhwa
Niteesh Wadhwa
Pappu
Jigyasa Yaduwanshi
Jigyasa Yaduwanshi
Lady Cop

Mere Pyare Prime Minister

Mere Pyare Prime Minister (transl. My dear prime minister) is an 2018 Indian Hindi-language social-drama film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. It stars Anjali Patil, Om Kanojiya, Atul Kulkarni, Makrand Deshpande, Niteesh Wadhwa and Rasika Agashe. 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. The film brings into focus the issues of defecation in open and sanitation problems faced in slums. It was the only Asian film which was screened at the Rome Film Festival. The film was released on 15 March 2019 in theatres.


Plot

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 comrades Ringtone (Bharti) and Nirala (Prasad). The fourth member of their gang Mangla(Syna Anand) is providing support to the family back in Mumbai.


Cast

  • 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

Production

Development

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.

Casting

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.

Filming

The principal photography began in May 2017.


Soundtrack

Mere Pyare Prime Minister
Soundtrack album by
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
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

Release

The film was released in India on 15 March 2019.


Home media

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


Reception

Critical review:

Rajen Sen of Hindustan Times gave Mere Pyare Prime Minister three stars out of five stating 'an earnest fairy-tale, modest but far from memorable'.