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Constitution of India: The movie(s)

As recent history is being told via cinema, why not our most secular scripture too?

ET Bureau|
Aug 12, 2019, 08.12 AM IST
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It comes as no surprise that Article 370 and Article 35A, after being made a dead letter in the Indian Constitution, has found a place instead in the Indian film industry.
It comes as no surprise that Article 370 and Article 35A, after being made a dead letter in the Indian Constitution, has found a place instead in the Indian film industry. It would be tempting to assume that cinema circles are profoundly interested in the minutae of our Constitution but, of course, these are meant to be only ‘titles’ not articles of faith. And the inspiration behind this fortuitous current interest in the Constitution appears to be the film somewhat mysteriously named Article 15. Since it has informed Rs 91 crore’s worth of movie-goers about the provision in our Constitution that prohibits discrimination against any citizen on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them, the time is obviously ripe for an Article 370, too. But at least a cameo role for Article 14 — that guarantees equality before the law — in Article 15 would have been nice.

Communicating recent history via cinema is evidently the hottest genre on the block, given that the hugely successful Uri earlier this year will be followed by the release of Batla House this week, with Pulwama, Surgical Strike 2.0 and Balakot reportedly in the pipeline. Now, the Constitution of India as portrayed by cinema may become the next big thing as dense legalese is enough to deter most Indians from delving into the actual provisions.

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