The Accidental Prime Minister: Suzanne Bernert To Play Sonia Gandhi

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Mumbai: A German actress will play Sonia Gandhi in the muchawaited political movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, displacing an Italian artiste who had initially been chosen for the role.

Suzanne Bernert, 35, will portray former Congress president in the movie based on Sanjaya Baru’s controversial book, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh’. Anupam Kher will essay the role of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, ET was the first to report on June 6.

This is not the first time that Bernert will play Sonia Gandhi. The actress had portrayed Sonia Gandhi in ‘Pradhanmantri,’ an Indian TV series hosted by actor and director Shekhar Kapur about post-Independence politics.

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It took Bernert only one self-recorded audition to catch the attention of the movie makers who had earlier zeroed in on an Italian actress for the key role. On learning about the movie, Bernert recorded her audition on her mobile phone and sent it to producer Sunil Bohra and director Vijay Gutte.

She contacted the movie makers through Bombaycasting.com, a brainchild of Bohra that calls itself the country’s first online acting portal, said a person privy to the development.

“Not only does she look the part, but her dialogue delivery is identical to Sonia Gandhi’s. Her audition was truly persuasive,” Bohra told ET, confirming that Bernert has been signed up for the film. Bohra has produced films such as ‘Shahid’ (2012) and ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (2012).

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