Heavy controversy is surrounding one Indian director's film idea for this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Rupesh Paul filmed a 90-second teaser trailer for a film he would call "The Vanishing Act" with the tagline "The untold story of the vanished Malaysian flight.”
Shortly after Flight 370 disappeared in early March of this year, Paul said a Malaysian journalist, who wished to remain anonymous, contacted him with his theory about the disappearance, and offered to help financially back a film depicting it.
When asked if he is concerned about the film's insensitivity toward the families of the victims, Paul said, in an interview with Variety, "I will make sure no passengers will be hurt because of this.”
Youtube users have already lashed out in the comments section of the trailer, saying "Don't do this! Try to understand the pain of those who face this situation in reality and sufferings of their families. This is a cruel act" and "The director is disrespectful. He is milking a terrible tragedy where people lost their lives and the families still have no closure just to get fame and money. It is despicable."
Paul plans a worldwide release in September, after filming in India and the United States.