On February 26, when the entire nation was waiting with bated breath about more updated news on the air strikes on Balakot in Pakistan, film production companies in Mumbai were making a beeline to the Indian Motion Pictures’ Producers’ Association (IMMPA) to reserve titles for films which can be made on the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force. After URI: The Surgical Strike that was based on the 2016 surgical strike became a huge hit, interest in this genre of films has grown manifold.
According to media reports, the representatives of at least five production companies rushed to IMMPA to stake a claim on probable film titles. Some of the titles that have been taken up by popular production houses are - Pulwama: The Terror Attack, Pulwama Attack Versus Surgical Strikes 2.0, Surgical Strike 2.0 and Balakot. According to a trade magazine, other titles that have been in contention are War Room, Hindustan Hamara Hai, Pulwama Terror Attack, The Attacks of Pulwama, With Love From India, and ATS - One Man Show.
[caption id="attachment_209929" align="aligncenter" width="647"] Uri: The Surgical Strike poster[/caption]
A new portal quoted a source that related the confusion at IMMPA office, “After a point, they started discussing amongst themselves, suggesting variations of the same title. It was quite a sight.” The rising tension between India and Pakistan has given a new idea for a probable film to the filmmakers and they do not want to lose the opportunity, especially when Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam starrer URI: The Surgical Strike is still minting moolah at the box office even after a month of its release. We wonder, which production house will eventually be able to make a film on the air strikes.