Bollywood filmmaker rushes for Kashmir hero pilot title rights

the Guardian | 3/1/2019 | Amrit Dhillon
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The distant hum of fighter jets engaged in a dogfight over the India-Pakistan border has barely faded but that has not stopped Bollywood seeking to cash in on the action.

An enterprising Bollywood filmmaker has already applied for rights to a title related to the skirmishes over Kashmir, laying the groundwork for a possible future movie about the recent fighting between the two countries.

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The application with the Indian Motion Picture Association in Mumbai is for the title Abhinandan, after Abhinandan Varthaman, the Indian air force pilot who was captured on Wednesday after ejecting from his plane over Pakistani territory. He was expected to return home on Friday to a hero’s welcome.

“We have received one application for this film title from a well-known filmmaker. It isn’t surprising. I am expecting more. Producers are always looking for stories that will capture the national imagination so whenever any event or incident of this kind happens, they rush to register titles so that they have the option to make the film, even if they don’t actually go ahead,” said Anil Nagrath, the general secretary of the association.

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However, he denied reports there had been a scuffle in the association’s office with representatives of production houses jostling to get first rights to Abhinandan and titles such as Pulwama and Balakot. Pulwama is the Indian town where a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle carrying troops, killing more than 40 Indian soldiers on 14 February. Balakot is the town in Pakistan where the Indian government said its jets destroyed a terrorist training camp in retaliation.

“This happens all the time. It seems insensitive to do it when the situation isn’t even over and Varthaman hasn’t even come home yet but that’s how the industry works. Never mind applying for titles before the tensions have even abated, people start writing...
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