IFFI Jury Head Nadav Lapid criticized The Kashmir Files at the 53rd IFFI, yesterday by calling it a “propaganda and vulgar movie.” All of us were disturbed and shocked by the movie The Kashmir Files. It felt to us like a propaganda, vulgar movie that’s inappropriate for an artistic, competitive section of such a prestigious film festival,” he said while openly criticizing the movie.
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Anupam Kher and Darshan Kumaar sided with the movie against Lapid’s words and today the movie’s producer Pallavi Joshi has broken her silence on this matter and released an official press release. Her press release read, “For decades the international community remained silent on the sufferings of the Kashmiri Pandit Community. After 3 decades, the Indian film industry finally realised that it needs to tell India’s story truthfully and objectively.”
“Vivek and I were always aware that there are elements that would not like to see the stark truth on the screen, but it is very unfortunate that a creative platform was used for a political agenda to preserve an old, false and jaded narrative about Kashmir. We are overwhelmed by the way people of India rose to defend The Kashmir Files against the rude and vulgar statements of a genocide denier,” she further added.
Her note concluded by saying, “I would like to assure our audience and supporters that The Kashmir Files remains a people’s film.”