‘The Kashmir Files’ receives PM’s appreciation amidst criticism

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The Kashmir Files, starring actor Anupam Kher, opened in theatres on Friday. The film reportedly gathered a total revenue around ₹3.55 crore on Day1. It narrates the genocide of the Kashmiri Pandits, their struggles, and their exodus after they were systematically targeted by Pakistan-backed terrorists in the year 1990.  Directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, the film also features talented actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Darshan Kumaar, Bhasha Sumbli and Chinmay Mandlekar.

The Kashmir Files is officially produced by Zee Studios in association with Tej Narayan Agarwal, Abhishek Agarwal, Pallavi Joshi, and Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri. Due to the situation of Covid-19 pandemic, the film release was delayed to March instead of the early release in January.

PM Narendra Modi alleged there was a conspiracy to discredit the just released film ‘The Kashmir Files’, depicting the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in 1990. “Those people who claim to be flag bearers of freedom of speech, have been furious for the past 5-6 days. Instead of praising the film based on facts, they are out to discredit Kashmir Files,” the prime minister said.

The PM implied that the makers of the film portrayed what they considered to be true, but they (flag-bearers of nationalism) were neither ready to understand or even accept the truth. He further added that a huge conspiracy has been plotted against the filmmakers for the past 5 to 6 days.

These remarks of the PM hail amidst the criticism the film-makers are facing from certain sections of the society accusing the film of influencing a communal agenda. Further, the just released film has been made tax-free in the various states, with governments of the states likely to follow suit. The states include Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttarakhand.

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