A film ‘The Kashmir Files’, highlighting the life and mysterious death of India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, was released in the year 2019. Through this film directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, the death of Shastri ji was debated anew, how did he die? Who was responsible for that? After all, why has the curtain not been lifted from the mystery of his death? Was any political party in India also involved in this? There was a lot of discussion about this film searching for answers to these questions. A new film of similar mood ‘The Kashmir Files’ has been released in theatres.
It has also been directed by National Award winning director Vivek Agnihotri. Veteran actors like Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumar and Atul Srivastava are in important roles in this film. The film ‘The Kashmir Files’ is based on the historical incident of exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 90s. It is said that they were massacred there to remove the Pandits from Kashmir. According to the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti, there were 75,343 Kashmiri Pandit families within the Valley in 1990. But between 1990 and 1992, more than 70 thousand families left the valley due to fear of terrorists. Between 1990 and 2011, terrorists have killed 399 Kashmiri Pandits.
In the last 30 years, there are barely 800 Hindu families left in the Valley. In the year 1941, the share of Kashmiri Hindus in the population was 15 percent. But by the year 1991, his share remained only 0.1 percent. This pain of Kashmiri Pandits of being displaced from their motherland and work land is being presented on the silver screen after extensive research.
A special screening was held for Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu ahead of the release of the film, which was adorned with actors like Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty. According to eyewitnesses, when the film ended, many of the spectators present there became so emotional that they started crying while standing on their seats. Seeing the atmosphere created in the entire theatre, it was understandable how the pain of Kashmiri Pandits has been presented in the film. The film’s director Vivek Agnihotri also says that the Kashmiri genocide in the year 1990 is an important and sensitive issue of Indian politics, so it was not an easy task to bring it on screen. For this our team has done an extensive research. Talks have been held with the families of around 700 Kashmiri Pandits, who directly faced this violence in Kashmir.
They had to be displaced. They are still living with the same teasing even today. Giving the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ 4.5 out of 5 stars, critic Rohit Jaiswal writes, “For me The Kashmir Files has been the toughest film I have ever done in my entire life. It takes courage to see it. Watch this film only if the audience can dare. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri has made the best film of his career.” Giving 3 stars out of 5, Neeti Sudha wrote, “It is very touching and painful to see the film on the big screen of this dark history of the beautiful valleys of Kashmir. But also important. Vivek Agnihotri’s film ‘The Kashmir Files’ is based on facts.
If we look aside from political leanings, it is heartbreaking to see the brutal atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits in this film, humanity and justice system coming to their knees. In the film of 2 hours 40 minutes, from Article 370 to history and mythology are also discussed. Film critic Sumit Kadel writes, “The most brutal chapter of independent India. In this, the massacre of Kashmiri Pandits was revealed with unfiltered facts.
Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, this film is a must watch to know the truth about the displacement of Kashmiri Pandits. This truth was buried in the pages of the past.” A user Yash Binani writes that he requests the Indian government to make the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ tax free in the whole country. Rahul Roshan writes, “Yesterday saw the film ‘The Kashmir Files’. I understand now why Vivek refused to compare it with Haider during the interview.
There are many similarities in both, but despite this, both the films have independent influence, which can be understood only after watching.” Journalist Richa Anirudh writes that the film has completely shocked her.
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