Vivek Agnihotri indirectly criticises IFFI Jury Head for labelling “The Kashmir Files” “vulgar” and “propaganda.”


Vivek Agnihotri, the director of ‘The Kashmir Files,’ appeared to take a jab at Nadav Lapid, the head of the jury for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), on Monday. Lapid had described the film as “propaganda, vulgar” during the event that marked the end of the festival.

Agnihotri responded to the remark in a roundabout way, tweeting, “GM. Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people lie. #CreativeConsciousness.”

During the festival, a video was shot that later went viral in which Lapid could be seen criticising the film. ‘The Kashmir Files,’ according to Lapid, is a “propaganda, vulgar film,” and he is “shocked” to see it in the competitive part of such a prestigious film festival.

he said when the event was coming to a close. “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. I feel totally comfortable openly sharing these feelings here with you at this stage. In the spirit of this festival, we can surely also accept a critical discussion, which is essential for art and life.”

The comments made by Lapid did not sit well with many people. Key cast members from “The Kashmir Files,” including Anupam Kher and Darshan Kumaar, as well as director Ashoke Pandit and Bharatiya Jana Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Vice President Abhinav Prakash, were among those who spoke out against the remarks.

The film “The Kashmir Files,” which was released in theatres earlier this year, revealed the narrative of the mass migration of Hindus from Kashmir in the 1990s as well as the targeted deaths of Kashmiri Pandits. Anupam Kher got praise for his portrayal in the film, which went on to become one of the highest-grossing Bollywood movies of 2022 and was critically acclaimed overall.


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