The trailer for the upcoming film "Article 370" was recently launched, generating buzz not just for the movie itself but also for the comments made by its producer, Aditya Dhar.
Dhar, who previously produced the hit film "Uri: The Surgical Strike," addressed concerns about his films being labeled as "propaganda." He stated “Coming back to the propaganda wala question, I personally and seriously feel that the current government doesn’t need a small film like ours to win an election (smiles). They made Ram Mandir for us. It took us 500 years to get that. I don’t think they need us to get votes for them.” Aditya Dhar continued, “Article 370 has the right intent”.
He continued by providing more details on the movie's schedule, saying that release windows are decided upon long in advance following negotiations with exhibitors and distributors. Additionally, he said, "Until I am a director or a producer, the intent will always be right," emphasizing his motivation for the movie. "I will stop making films the day the intent is incorrect."
Dhar criticized "agenda-driven critics," claiming their negative reviews of "Uri" had little impact on the audience's reception. He said, "The audience doesn't care about their political agenda and how they are presenting their reviews. They only care about the intent of the filmmaker."
The film, directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale, stars Yami Gautam and Priya Mani. It explores the abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and promises to deliver a powerful message. The trailer features the dialogue delivered by Yami Gautam playing the role of intelligence officer to Priyamani who essays the role of a PMO official , "Jab tak yeh special status hai, hum unhe haath bhi nahi laga sakte" (As long as this special status exists, we can't even touch them), suggesting a focus on the limitations imposed by the article.
With its bold statements and intriguing theme, "Article 370" is already sparking conversations and generating anticipation for its release on February 23rd. Whether it lives up to the hype and delivers a balanced portrayal of the complex issue remains to be seen, but the trailer launch has certainly stirred the pot.