The Kashmir Files: The film is being criticized and appreciated widely at the same time. BJP ruled states have declared the film tax free.
By MD Ali
Since the release of Kashmir Files, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film has been widely talked about, especially because the plot of the film which is based on the tragic exodus of the Kashmiri pandits in 1990s.
The film is being criticized and appreciated widely at the same time. BJP ruled states have declared the film tax free. Film makers, even, have met Prime Minister and Home Minister of India and received appreciation from them. Apart from the much sensation round the corner, the film is doing great business. According to film trade analyst, Taran Adarsh, on the 8th day of its release, the film, on Saturday managed to garnish 19.15 Cr at box office, which is higher than Amir Khan’s Dangal and only second to Bahubali 2.
On the other side of the scenario, where many appreciating the film, rationalists and film reviewer see the film as a classic Right-Wing product, driven by ruling party propaganda, a communal docudrama with artistic broody shades to motivate anger and hostility of the majority (read Hindus) against the Muslim community of India.
In India, there are a numerous controversial films made on communal and castiest violence. Some of them were able to hit the cinema, some not. Here is a list of some films which has been highly discussed in past but favored by the critics as of the best piece of cinema performances:
- Final Solution (2004)
- Chand Bujh Gaya (2005)
- Parzania (2005)
- Jai Bhim Comrade (2011)
- Shudra: The Rising (2012)
- Sadda Haq (2013)
- Punjab 1984 (2014)
- Jai Bhim (2021)
The Kashimr Files: A Film Well Criticised
Film reviewer of the The Hindu, Anuj Kumar, writes, “Kashmir Files as essentially a battle of narrative, where Agnihotri determinedly sided with one version of the events. Employing some facts, some half-truth and plenty of distortions, it propels an alternative view of the Kashmir issue, with the intent to not just provoke…but incite.”
Veteran actor, Nana Patekar has also expressed his concern over the controversy, during a conversation with AajTak, he said: Hindu and Muslim are the habitants of the place and it’s important to live with peace. They need each other and can’t live without. It’s not right to create such controversy by a film. When people are living peacefully, then it’s not right to create such ruckus. Those who are doing this should be hold accountable. After watching the film, the society will be divided into two. It’s not right to create rift in the society.
The Wire’s founding editor; Siddharth Bhatia has used abrasive words and even said that BJP’s favourite Vivek Agnihotri can become their Leni Riefenstahl (Nazi propaganda film maker).