Over 50 film titles related to Article 370 scrapping registered
On August 5, the Centre revoked Article 370, removing special status of J&K, and splitting the state into two Union Territories. As expected, filmmakers rushed in to book titles related to the historic move. As per reports, as many as 50 movie titles were registered with various film bodies, with titles like Article 370 and Article 35A being "the first choice of most filmmakers."
To note, Article 370, which was introduced in the Constitution as a temporary solution, stopped the Centre from changing the borders of the state. However, after it was abolished, redrawing the map became easier. Apparently, Centre decided to make Ladakh a union territory (without legislature) considering its rocky terrain. The Parliament was informed that people of Ladakh have been demanding a UT since long.
Right after the decision was announced, filmmakers flocked Indian Motion Pictures' Producers' Association (IMPPA) and Producers Guild of India and Indian Film TV Producers Council (IFTPC) on Monday and Tuesday to register the titles. "Taking a cue from Article 15 success, the titles Article 370 and Article 35A are the first choice. The associations have received minimum 25-30 applications for them," a source told.
Apart from those two, titles like Kashmir Mein Tiranga, Kashmir Hamara Hai, Dhara 370 and Dhara 35A are also top choices. "Some of them are keen to seek permission at the earliest to make a film on the event so that they can proceed with research, cast and get other logistics in place," the source added. However, IMPPA is yet to approve the applications.
Meanwhile, Anand Pandit, producer of PM Narendra Modi starring Vivek Oberoi, claimed to have booked the titles Article 370 and Article 35A a month ago. "I wanted to explore why one state was granted such privileges. But after the historic redrawing of our map by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I've just found the perfect ending for my film," Anand was quoted as saying.
This isn't the first time that a contemporary event elicited such a response. Earlier, right after the Uri attacks, Pulwama attacks, and even demonetization, film bodies saw a flurry of titles getting registered. Even IAF Abhinandan Varthaman's capture and the subsequent release was being considered for several films. Acknowledging the trend, trade analyst Atul Mohan said, "Films on such subjects pique the audience's curiosity."