Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid, who`s the Jury head of IFFI 2022, has been dealing with backlash for passing controversial remarks on Vivek Agnihotri`s movie `The Kashmir Files` on the closing ceremony of the pageant on Monday.
Lapid referred to as `The Kashmir Files` a “propaganda, vulgar film”, including that he was “shocked” to see the movie within the competitors part of such a prestigious movie pageant.
A video from the pageant went viral by which Lapid is seen criticising the movie. One of the members of the pageant`s PR staff additionally confirmed to ANI that the Israeli filmmaker made the comment on the closing ceremony.
Lapid`s remarks didn’t go down nicely with many. Actor Darshan Kumaar, who performed one of many key roles in `The Kashmir Files`, too, reacted to Lapid`s feedback.
Speaking to ANI, Darshan mentioned, “Everyone has their own individual opinions on anything they see and perceive …. But one can`t deny the fact is that The Kashmir files is a film which has depicted the actual plight of 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.”
When ANI contacted the organisers about their touch upon the jury head making such statements in regards to the Kashmir Files, they declined to remark.
Released earlier this yr, the `The Kashmir Files` was listed within the line-up for IFFI`s Indian Panorama phase for the yr 2022. The movie relies on the lifetime of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, through the Kashmir insurgency. It is a real story, primarily based on video interviews of the primary era.