Haaput Filmmaker, Kapil Mattoo, meets Honourable LG of J&K advocating for sustainability for Domicile Filmmakers in the UT

The filmmaker from Mumbai, who is a domicile of the Union Territory, met the Honourable Lieutenant Governor on 14th May at Raj Bhawan, Srinagar. Following the success of his Kashmiri short film Haaput, which has won numerous accolades globally, he strongly believes that domicile filmmakers need a sustainable ecosystem. This would enable them to produce films or web series from the Union Territory, thereby attracting studios and platforms to invest in the stories and their creators from the UT. He further emphasised the need for substantial support at the initial phase as the J&K film policy is implemented. While shooting series like Tanaav season 1 and season 2, he discovered a great pool of talent; Tanaav 1 was the first of its kind, featuring significant involvement from local talent.

Kapil also proposed a minimum subsidy of 50 percent or more on domicile feature films. Additionally, to nurture local talent and stories, he suggested that theatres should be mandated to screen these films a minimum of three times daily. This would create ample opportunities for a good film to reach audiences and generate business, thereby establishing a strong and resilient structure for a robust film industry in J&K.

His Excellency assured that the administration would certainly look into these suggestions and support the ecosystem further.

He was accompanied by the well known actor from Bollywood and a State awardee Mir Sarwar who was also representing the voice of others from the UT as a fraternity