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The Kashmir Files: Controversy over IFFI jury head's statement, Vivek Agnihotri hits back

Pankaj Prasad
Vivek Agnihotri
Vivek Agnihotri

'The Kashmir Files' was released in theaters on 11 March

Jury chief of the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid termed Hindi film 'The Kashmir Files' as 'propagandistic' and 'obscene' film. Addressing the closing ceremony of IFFI 2022, Lapid said the film is "upset and shocked" by the film being screened at the festival. He said, "We are all disturbed and shocked by the film '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.”

truth is the most dangerous thing

Lapid said, “I feel comfortable sharing this spirit with you openly because the spirit of the festival can truly embrace the critical discussion that is essential to art and life. Vivek Agnihotri has tweeted on his statement. Although he has not named anyone in his tweet. He wrote, Good morning. Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people liars.

this smacks of politics

Ranvir Shorey has also tweeted against Nadav Lapid. He wrote, the language used to single out a film and describe it is completely inappropriate for a film jury or critic. This smacks of politics. Cinema has always been a harbinger of truth and change, not an agent to suppress or snuff it out. Shameful display of political opportunism at #IFFI.

Anupam Kher hit back

Anupam Kher said that "...if the holocaust is true, then the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits is also true. Seems pre-planned, soon after the toolkit, the gang got activated. God bless everyone.." He further added, No matter how high the height of a lie may be... it is always small in comparison to the truth.. Please tell that now Nadav Lapid has apologized for his statement.

'The Kashmir Files' was released in theaters on March 11

'The Kashmir Files' was released in theaters 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 other prominent roles.