The Kashmir Files director Vivek Agnihotri responded to the Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s remark that The Kashmir Files had fascist options. Nadav Lapid was the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) jury head. During the closing ceremony, Nadav referred to as The Kashmir Files a ‘propaganda’ movie. Also learn: The Kashmir Files got pushed into IFFI due to political pressure, claims Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid
Taking to Twitter, Vivek wrote, “What is common between these? “India is a FASCIST nation” “Modi is FASCIST” “BJP is fascist” “Hindu right-wing is FASCIST” “Abrogation of Art 370 a FASCIST resolution” “Kashmir is occupied by FASCIST Indian regime” “#TheKashmirFiles is a fascist movie.”
Speaking to an Israeli news website, Ynet, Nadav said recently, “It’s loopy, what is going on on right here. It’s a authorities competition and it is the most important in India. It’s a movie that the Indian authorities, even when it did not truly make it, not less than pushed it in an uncommon method. It mainly justifies the Indian coverage in Kashmir, and it has fascist options,” he said, according to a rough translation of the interview in Hebrew.
A video from the festival went viral in which Nadav was seen making controversial remarks about The Kashmir Files at the last day of the 53rd International Film festival. “All of us were disturbed and shocked by the 15th film, The Kashmir Files. That felt like a propaganda, vulgar movie, inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival,” he stated.
“I feel totally comfortable to openly share these feelings here with you on this stage. In the spirit of this festival, can surely also accept a critical discussion, which is essential for art and life,” he additionally stated throughout his speech.
Since then many Bollywood celebrities related to The Kahsmir Files got here out condemning Nadav’s assertion. This embrace Anupam Kher, Vivek Agnihotri, Pallavi Joshi and Darshan Kumaar who reacted to the filmmaker’s remark.
Reacting to the remark, Vivek issued a video by which he stated, “I challenge all these urban naxals and the legendary filmmaker who came from Israel that if they can prove any single shot, event or dialogue is not completely true, then I will quit filmmaking. Who are these people who stand up against India every time? These are the same people who never allowed Moplah’s and Kashmir’s truth to come out. These are the same people who were selling burning pyres for just some dollars, and now when I announced my next film ‘The Vaccine War’ they are standing against it also, but I am not afraid, do whatever you want to do but I will fight.”
The Kashmir Files was launched earlier in 2022 in theatres and centered on the story of the exodus of Kahsmiri pandits within the Nineteen Nineties. The film went on to grow to be one of many highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2022.
(With inputs from ANI)