IFFI Jury Head’s Comments On ‘The Kashmir Files’ Creates A Row!

Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘The Kashmir Files’ is one of the biggest hits of Bollywood this year. Made on a budget of 15 crores, this film based on true events has earned more than 340 crores at the box office. This shows the level of success it managed to achieve. This movie sheds light on the situation of Kashmiri Hindu Pundits in Kashmir and the atrocities they faced. This hard-hitting film was appreciated by people across the country.

The movie which was screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has been insulted heavily by the Jury head. Nadav Lapid said that he was shocked that such a film is in the competition. While he said that 14 films had cinematic quality, he added, “All of us were disturbed and shocked by the 15th film ‘The Kashmir Files. I feel totally comfortable openly sharing these feelings here with you on this stage. Since, the spirit of the festival can surely also accept a critical discussion, which is essential for art and life.”

Responding to this, the film’s actor Darshan Kumaar stated, “Everyone has their own individual opinions on anything they see and perceive… But one can’t deny the fact that ‘The Kashmir Files’ is a film which has depicted the actual plight of the Kashmiri Pandit community… who are still fighting for justice against the brutal acts of terrorism… so this film is not on vulgarity but on reality.” Even Anupam Kher ridiculed the comments of Lapid.

While a few sections of the society stated that ‘The Kashmir Files’ showcased Kashmiri Muslims in a bad light, the majority of the society agreed with what the makers showcased.