At the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival, IFFI jury chief Nadav Lapid described the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ as ‘propagandistic’ and ‘obscene’. 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.
IFFI Jury Chief Nadav Lapid at the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival
The film ‘The Kashmir Files’ was described as a ‘propaganda’ and ‘obscene’ film. 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. Now the film’s director Vivek Agnihotri took to Twitter to react to the ongoing controversy. in your tweet without naming Nadav they wrote- Good morning, truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people liars.
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Vivek Agnihotri reacts to Nadav Lapid’s statement
The Kashmir Files was screened at the recently concluded IFFI Goa 2022. Anupam Kher gave a powerful speech at the screening held in Goa.
IFFI Jury President and Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid said at the closing ceremony of the film festival, We are all perplexed and shocked by the movie ‘The Kashmir Files’. It struck us as a propaganda and vulgar film that was inappropriate for an artistic and competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I feel comfortable sharing this spirit with you openly because the spirit of the festival can truly embrace the critical discussion that is so essential to art and life,” Lapid said.
The Kashmir Files director Vivek Agnihotri wrote on Twitter, “GM. Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people liars.#creativeconsciousness
Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people lie. #creativeconsciousness
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) October 29, 2022
Nadav Lapid calls Kashmir files ‘vulgar’
Nadav Lapid’s scathing comment on The Kashmir Files sparked controversy. Sudipto Sen, one of the jury members, however, distanced himself from the remarks and said that Nadav Lapid’s opinion was his personal opinion. The Kashmir Files is based on the lives of Kashmiri Pandits during the Kashmir insurgency in 1990. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Ghosh and Darshan Kumar.
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Relations between Israel and India have been very cordial. In such a situation, Israel does not want to spoil its relations with India at all because of the views of any one person. In such a situation, Israeli envoy Nor Gillon’s statement came after the lewd comment on Nadav Lapid’s film. Israeli envoy Nor Gillon condemned and responded to Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s statement.
Citing his roots, Israeli envoy Nor Gillon wrote an oven letter condemning filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s comments about the Indian film, The Kashmir Files. Shame on you, he said, lashing out at Nadav Lapid. In Indian culture, guest is called God. You have misused the Indian invitation to chair the panel of judges at IFFI Goa as well as their trust, respect and warm welcome in the worst possible way. We were invited by our Indian friends to show love for Israel in India. Maybe that’s why they invited you as an Israeli and me as ambassador to Israel.
‘The Kashmir Files’ was released in cinema halls on 11 March. It was part of the ‘Indian Panorama section’ of IFFI and was screened on 22 November. The writer and director of this film is Vivek Agnihotri. Its producers are Zee Studios. The film is based on the community’s exodus from Kashmir after the killing of Kashmiri Pandits by Pakistan-backed terrorists. It stars actors Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi in pivotal roles.