London: `Iron Lady`, a film on Margaret
Thatcher opened to acclaim and rancour in theatres across UK
with the British prime minister David Cameron firing the first
salvo saying the mega-movie should have been released only
after her death.
Though, concedeing the portrayal of his predecessor by
Meryl Streep was "a fantastic piece of acting", Cameron
questioned the timing of the film, saying he wished it had
been made "another day".
It is "more about ageing and elements of dementia rather
than about an amazing prime minister", the British Prime
Minister told BBC.
The movie opened to full houses, but it drew fury from
Thatcher`s colleaguess among the Tories with a former minister
Lord Hurd labelling the film "ghoulish", but its director has
defended her work.
The biopic shows Thatcher as a frail sometimes confused
old lady looking back at her carrier with the ghost of her
late husband Denis looking on.
The film is set in the present - when the former prime
minister is portrayed as mentally and physically frail - but
contains flashbacks to her days in office.
Asked about it on BBC Radio 4`s Today programme, Cameron
said: "It`s a fantastic piece of acting by Meryl Streep, but
you can`t help wondering, why do we have to have this film
"It is a film much more about ageing and elements of
dementia rather than about an amazing prime minister.
"My sense was a great piece of acting, a staggering piece
of acting, but a film I wish they could have made another
But the movies mega-star Streep, who is tipped for an
Oscar for her performance in the film has brushed aside the
criticism, saying she relished the "opportunity" to play
someone at the waning of her life.