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Fact Check – Nadiv Lapid Did Not Call The Kashmir Files A ‘Brilliant Movie’

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In the aftermath of the debate surrounding the statements on “The Kashmir Files”, several officials from Israel and India have criticised Nadiv Lapid. The filmmaker has given several interviews to Indian media houses, many of which have claimed that the award-winning director has apologised for his comments.

In an interview given to Karan Thapar from the Wire, Nadav Lapid elaborated on his criticism of the movie. “If the people were insulted after the comment, I am truly sorry,” said Lapid. However, in the same interview, he stated that he would not take a word back from what he said about the movie.

Did Lapid call ‘TKF’ “A Brilliant Movie”?

A Leading Indian news organisation, ‘The Hindustan Times’ has put out an article stating that the Israeli director has called ‘The Kashmir Files’, a ‘Brilliant movie. The article stated that the director gave this statement to Indian Today. Actor Anupam Kher tweeted a motion picture that said “Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid now calls The Kashmir Files ‘brilliant movie’. The tweet got over 3.5 lakh views, over 14 thousand likes, and close to 2.5 thousand retweets.

“I read somewhere that I claimed the movie (The Kashmir Files) is brilliant. I need to be crazy and schizophrenic to say something like that.” said the director in reaction to the fake news.

Lapid also reacted to the criticism that he has been receiving for speaking his mind about ‘The Kashmir Files’. “I just cannot accept the idea that criticising a movie is criticising India, or what happened in Kashmir. The similarity that was created between talking harshly about a movie and what happened in Kashmir is Madness,” said Lapid in the same interview.

Kashmir Files : A Manipulative movie

In an interview with an Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Lapid called the movie ‘manipulative’. “Making a bad film is not a crime, this is a very crude, manipulative, and violent propaganda film,” said the director.

“In such contexts, I don’t believe in secrets and whispers. If you stand on stage and are asked to speak, what will you talk about? Only about the beaches, you saw and the food you ate?” the filmmaker said.


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