Israel’s Consul General in India Kobi Shoshani has distanced herself from filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s comments on ‘The Kashmir Files’, saying a debate on the film will strengthen ties between India and Israel.
Israel’s Consul General in India Kobi Shoshani has distanced herself from filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s comments on ‘The Kashmir Files’, saying a debate on the film will strengthen ties between India and Israel. Israel’s Consul General Kobi Shoshani, who shared the stage with actor Anupam Kher at a press conference, said “The Kashmir Files” is not propaganda but a “powerful film” that shows the suffering of the Kashmiri people. He told reporters, “First thing in the morning I called my friend Anupam Kher to apologize to him. Apologized for such a speech which is someone’s personal opinion.
After I heard the speech which we don’t accept, first person I called in morning was Anupam Kher, to apologize about speech that was a pvt opinion, maybe with some other European jurors, but nothing to do with State of Israel: Kobbi Shoshani Consul General of Israel #KashmirFiles pic.twitter.com/ECRX4uJuqV
— ANI (@ANI) October 29, 2022
Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s comments have nothing to do with the Israeli government, officially or unofficially. . It may be noted that Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, jury chief of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, had termed Hindi film “The Kashmir Files” as “propaganda” and “obscene”.
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A day after Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid called The Kashmir Files a “propaganda” film, its director Vivek Agnihotri said in a social media post that truth is the most dangerous thing because it makes people liars. Could Reacting to Agnihotri, actor Anupam Kher, who earlier worked in ‘The Kashmir Files’, said on Tuesday that truth will always triumph over untruth.
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Israeli 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.
Vivek Agnihotri is the writer and director of ‘The Kashmir Files’. 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.