The Bombay High Court has dismissed a petition seeking a ban on the distribution of Vivek Agnihotri’s film “The Kashmir Files.”
By SS Malathy
While dismissing the case submitted by Intezar Hussain Sayed, the High Court bench of Justices Dipankar Dutta and MS Karnik stated the complete judgement listing the grounds will be released later, according to India Today.
The film depicts the terrible story of Kashmiri pandits’ sorrow, suffering, struggle, and trauma, as well as raise crucial questions about democracy, religion, politics, and humanity.
The film was released on March 11 and starring Mithun Chakraborty, Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumaar, Pallavi Joshi, and Chinmay Mandlekar.
Talking about his film, the filmmaker, Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri said “In late 80s and early 90s, there was an organised Genocide of Hindus in Kashmir Valley. This film is about this Genocide of Hindus, specifically about the inhuman and barbarian killings and rapes of innocent Kashmiri Hindus based on radical religious terrorism. Entire culture and diversity were destroyed.”
The justices began the hearing by asking the petitioner’s lawyer if he bothered to read the court’s decision on the PILs filed against Alia Bhatt’s film Gangubai Kathiawadi.
The petitioner’s attorney responded that they had seen the ruling but didn’t have time to contest the CBFC certificate for The Kashmir Files since their constitutional rights were being violated and they didn’t have the time. The court then declared the case “dismissed.”
According to the petition, the film’s trailer reportedly depicts Muslims killing Kashmiri Pandits that hurt sentiments Muslim community and put the same in bad light. In this petition stated that the film depicted a one-sided version of the occurrence, which could incite Hindus to retaliate, resulting in violence and damage across India.
It also states that, the film “would not only offend Muslim religious sensitivities, but will also stir emotions and inflame Hindu community members, with the clear danger of triggering bloodshed in all parts of India.”
While dismissing the case submitted by Intezar Hussain Sayed, a UP resident, the High Court bench of Justices Dipankar Dutta and MS Karnik said the complete judgement listing the grounds will be released later, according to India Today.