Controversy has once again arisen regarding ‘The Kashmir Files’. For the first time in the film, a producer and director dared to show the massacre of Kashmiri Pandits. Everyone knows the story of pain and suffering of Kashmiri Pandits.
Mumbai Controversy has once again arisen regarding ‘The Kashmir Files’. For the first time in the film, a producer and director dared to show the massacre of Kashmiri Pandits. Everyone knows the story of pain and suffering of Kashmiri Pandits but people avoided even talking about it to remain in the eyes of a section of people. Now, for the first time, the story of atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir has been conveyed to the people through cinema. Controversy had cropped up at the time of the film’s release as well, and again when the jury chief of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid called the Hindi film ‘The Kashmir Files’ ‘propaganda’. ‘ and told the film ‘Bhaddi’. Addressing the closing ceremony of IFFI 2022, Lapid said that he was upset and surprised that the film was being screened at the film festival.
Film director and International Jury President of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Nadav Lapid has courted controversy over his comments on ‘The Kashmir Files’. Israel’s ambassador criticized Lapid’s statement and said that he misused India’s invitation. It may be noted that Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, jury chief of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, on Monday termed Hindi film “The Kashmir Files” as “propaganda” and “obscene”. Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and actors such as Anupam Kher and Ranvir Shorey, and film director Vivek Agnihotri criticized Lapid’s statement. Some in Congress and the film community have defended the Israeli filmmaker. Addressing the closing ceremony of IFFI 2022, Lapid said that he was upset and surprised that the film was being screened at the film festival. The ceremony was attended by Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur as well as Kher and Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and actress Asha Parekh. Agnihotri compared “The Kashmir Files”, which depicts the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley due to militancy in the nineties, to Steven Spielberg’s genocide film “Schindler’s List”.
The 1993 Oscar-winning film has been cited by many, including Israel’s ambassador to India, Naor Gillon. In a series of tweets, Gillon said in an open letter that Lapid should be “ashamed” and gave reasons why. He said, “I strongly condemn such statements. There is no justification for this. This shows the sensitivity of the Kashmir issue here.” The Israeli ambassador slammed the filmmaker, saying he should be “ashamed” as he “has made the most” of India’s invitation to chair the panel of judges at the film festival. misused. Vivek Agnihotri is the writer and director of ‘The Kashmir Files’. Its producer is ‘Zee Studios’. The film is based on the community’s exodus from Kashmir after the killing of Kashmiri Pandits by Pakistan-backed terrorists.
‘The Kashmir Files’ was released across the cinema halls on March 11 this year. It was part of the ‘Indian Panorama section’ of IFFI and was screened on 22 November. Despite the criticisms about this film, it earned Rs 330 crores at the box office. The film triggered a debate among political parties after several states ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, exempted it from entertainment tax. Indian film director Sudipto Sen, who was part of the international film jury, distanced himself from Lapid’s statement. He said Lapid’s statement was his personal opinion. BJP’s IT department head Amit Malviya compared Lapid’s condemnation of ‘The Kashmir Files’ to a denial of the genocide, in which millions of Jews were killed by the Hitler regime. Malviya said, “For a long time people refused to acknowledge even the genocide and called Schindler’s List propaganda as some people are doing with the Kashmir files. Ultimately truth wins.
Responding to Lapid’s statement, BJP’s Goa unit spokesperson Savio Rodrigues told the media, “The statement made by filmmaker and IFFI jury chief Nadav Lapid on ‘The Kashmir Files’ is an insult to the horrors faced by Kashmiri Hindus in the past.” Agnihotri said in a social media post that truth is the most dangerous thing as it can make people liars. Agnihotri tweeted, “Good morning. Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people liars.” Actor Anupam Kher, who earlier worked in “The Kashmir Files”, on Tuesday said truth will always triumph over untruth. Kher also posted pictures from legendary American filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s famous Holocaust drama ‘Schindler’s List’ as well as a picture from ‘The Kashmir Files’. Schindler’s List was based on the German industrialist Oskar Schindler who saved over a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees from destruction by employing them in his factories during World War II.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit demanded Union Minister Thakur to take “severe action” against Lapid and said it was a mistake on the part of the festival organizers to choose him as the international jury chief. He said, “Dear Anurag Thakur ji. As a Kashmiri Pandit and a victim of the genocide, I demand strict action against IFFI 2022 jury chief Nadav Lapid for vilifying our tragedy. He has rubbed salt in our wounds so he should apologise.” However, some also defended Lapid, best known for award-winning film “Synonyms”. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his government, BJP promoted ‘The Kashmir Files’ fiercely. The International Film Festival of India rejected the film. Jury chief Nadav Lapid called it a “slanderous, vulgar film – inappropriate for a film festival.” Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi shared a video link of the Israeli filmmaker’s speech. “A sensitive issue of justice for Kashmiri Pandits was sacrificed at the altar of propaganda,” he said. Actress Swara Bhaskar, known for her outspoken views, echoed Lapid’s comments at the closing ceremony of the film festival. Shared a link of a news regarding. “Obviously it is clear to the world….