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IFFI jury head terms 'The Kashmir Files' as 'vulgar', 'propaganda' film

Darpan News Desk IANS, 29 Nov, 2022 02:37 PM
  • IFFI jury head terms 'The Kashmir Files' as 'vulgar', 'propaganda' film

Panaji, Nov 29 (IANS) Nadav Lapid, IFFI's jury head, during the concluding ceremony of the festival, termed the movie 'The Kashmir Files' as 'vulgar' and 'inappropriate', and said that the spirit of the festival can surely accept a critical discussion as well, which is essential for art and life.

Earlier on Monday, Lapid said that the IFFI was disturbed about this film.

Sharing the experience of the jury, he said that 14 out of them (international films) had cinematic quality.

"All of us were disturbed and shocked by the 15th film 'The Kashmir Files'. That felt to us like a propaganda, vulgar movie, inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival," Lapid added.

"I feel totally comfortable to openly share 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," he said.

On November 23, Anupam Kher, lead actor in this movie, speaking about the 'The Kashmir files' had said that it helped people all over the world to be aware of the tragedy that happened to Kashmiri Pandits community in 1990s.

"It is a film based on true incidents. Film Director Vivek Agnihotri interviewed around 500 people all around the world for the movie. On the night of January 19, 1990, five lakh Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their homes and memories in the Kashmir Valley following rising violence. As a Kashmiri Hindu, I lived with the tragedy. But nobody was recognising the tragedy. World was trying to hide this tragedy. The film started a healing process by documenting the tragedy," Kher had added.

In a detailed video response to the criticism of 'The Kashmir Files' by the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) jury chairman, Nadav Lapid, the film's director, Vivek Agnihotri, invited "all the intellectuals, urban naxals and the so-called accomplished director from Israel" to prove that even one frame of the film was a piece of propaganda. If they did it, he declared, he would stop making films altogether.

Agnihotri prefaced his challenge with an emotional statement where, mixing rhetoric with debatable facts, he pointed out that he was used to such comments by "terrorist organisations, urban naxals and people who wish to make 'tukde tukde' out of India".

The director said he found it surprising that "someone who had been invited by the Government of India, speaking from a forum created by the Government of India, chose to back the narrative of terrorists who wish to separate Kashmir from India" and certain people living in India then amplified the message because it suited their ideology.

"These Indians have used these pronouncements against India," Agnihotri said. "Who are these people?" he asked and then answered his rhetorical question saying that "these were the same people who have been opposed to 'The Kashmir Files' for the last four years", since when he had started researching the subject of his controversial yet hugely successful film.

Agnihotri then went on to emphasise that the film was based on interviews with 700 people who had seen their near and dear ones being raped, brutalised or murdered.

"Were they indulging in vulgar propaganda?" he asked with feeling. He pointed out that Hindus were all terrorised into leaving Kashmir and even today, the few Hindus who are left are being singled out and killed one by one".

Agnihotri continued: "Is the fact that Yasin Malik has confessed to numerous terrorist acts and killings, and is now rotting in jail, vulgar propaganda? When they say 'The Kashmir Files' is propaganda, what they are trying to do is deny that a genocide has occurred in Kashmir."

He then asked: "Who are these people?" And said: "These are the very people who did not let the truth come out about the Moplah Rebellion, about the Direct Action Day, and about Kashmir. These were the very people who sold the Covid funeral pyres for a few dollars and are now opposing my film about how India developed the Covid vaccine."

Agnihotri ended his statement with a declaration that he will not back down. "Go ahead and issue as many fatwas as you want against me, but I continue my fight," he said.

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